Back to Diamondback Rattlesnake
The Crotalids (Crotalidae -
may be either slender or thick-bodied. Their
are usually much wider than their necks. These
snakes take their name from the deep pit located
between the eye and the nostril. They are commonly
brown with dark blotches, though some kinds are
Species & Sub-Specie
There are about 27 species of rattlesnakes in
the United States and Mexico. They vary in color
and may or may not have spots or blotches. Some
are small while others, such as the diamondbacks,
may grow to 2.5 meters long.
There are five kinds of rattlesnakes in Central
and South America, but only the tropical rattlesnake
is widely distributed. The rattle on the tip of
the tail is sufficient identification for a rattlesnake.
Most will try to escape without a fight when approached,
but there is always a chance one will strike at
a passerby. They do not always give a warning;
they may strike first and rattle afterwards or
not at all.