The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) is a venomous snake and a reptile. It is also known as the Texas Diamond-Back.
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnakeis dusty grey-brown with dark-grey and white markings on its body. Its tail has 2-8 black bands. Its belly is cream to brownish without markings. It has large fangs.
It measures about 120 centimetres (47 inches) in length.
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is native to Mexico and southwestern America. It prefers coastal plains, deserts, grasslands, and scrublands.
It eats small mammals, such as prairie dogs, gophers, voles, mice, rats, squirrels, and rabbits. It also eats lizards and birds. It eats at night or early in the morning. Its predators include hawks, eagles, wild pigs and other snakes.
It is a solitary and aggressive reptile. It hibernates in winter.
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is viviparous, which means that the female gives birth to live young. The female is pregnant for about 6-7 months before giving birth to 12-25 young. The young only stay with their mother for a few hours, before they are independent.
Its life expectancy is about 20 years.
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