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The Prairie Rattlesnake - Facts & Information

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Published on Jan 15, 2015

Several examples of prairie rattlesnakes found in the wild (Crotalus viridis viridis). The prairie rattlesnake is a venomous pit viper packing a primarily hemotoxic venom. More info...

The range from the Rio Grand North through most of the US great Plains into Southern Canada.

Most Prairie Rattlers grow to around 100 cm, (3.3 feet) usually have a black band close to their rattle and Like all rattlesnakes they peer at you through vertical pupils or cat eyes.

They eat the variety of small mammals and nesting birds offered by the prairie... Youngsters supplement their diet with small reptiles and amphibians.




Prairie Rattlesnakes are typically nocturnal during warm weather, more active during the day in mild weather and inactive underground when its cold.

Prairie rattlesnakes first line of defense is their camouflage. If they think you're trouble, they'll stand their ground with a warning rattle.... And generally, they're not bluffing. But like most snakes, if you're sweet, they'll tolerate human presence.

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