Numerous dark brown blotches on a gray or gray-brown background.
The tail banded light and dark. The pupil is elongate and vertical.
There is a special sensory pit on side of head between eye and
Grassy fields and prairies, in our areas is most abundant in
7-30 inches long, our smallest rattlesnake.
Small frogs, lizards, snakes and mammals.
History: When disturbed this snake typically sounds a warning
by rattling their tail. Nonpoisonous snakes such as the Bullsnake
may mimic this behavior by vibrating their tail against vegetation.
However, only the poison rattlesnake has the specialize sound
producing rattle on the tip of its tail.
sensory pits are used to 'see' infrared light. This makes the
pit a heat detector and allows this snake to hunt warm blooded
small mammals in total darkness.
do not lay eggs, females give live birth 3-13 snakes. The young
have a simple button rattle. Rattle segments are added each
time the snakes sheds its skin. Warning:
new born rattlers are small, but they are venomous.