Reptile

Rattlesnake

Area: 
North and South America
Habitat: 
Mainly grasslands, scrub brush, rocky hills, deserts, swamps, and meadows
Food: 
Mice, rats, squirrels, rabbits, and some birds
Size: 
1 to 8 feet long, depending on the species
Babies: 
Hatch from eggs held inside the female, then emerge from her body.
An adult rattlesnake goes about two weeks between meals.
Rattlesnakes Rule!

 

Rattlesnakes get their name from special structures on the tip of their tail. Their “rattle” is made of rings of keratinA protein that hair, nails, skin, and horns are made of. (the same material our fingernails are made of). When the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. shakes its tail, the rattles create a hissing sound.

 

A hungry rattlesnake flicks its forked tongue in and out, picking up odor particles from the ground and passing them over a special smelling organ in the roof of the mouth, called the Jacobson’s organ. This is how the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. tracks a rat or mouse. Then the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. lies in wait until  its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. comes along. When a mouse, rat, or squirrel comes close enough, the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. lunges and bites the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.. The rattlesnake's fangs inject venom into its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food.. The animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. runs away after being bitten. The snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.'s tongue picks up odor particles from the ground to help it locate the trail of the dying rodentGenerally, a small mammal with soft fur. Rodents have large front teeth (incisors) that never stop growing. Rodents are mammals. Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rates, and squirrels are all rodents. in the dark.

 

Many people are afraid of rattlesnakes, but by using common sense we can share our space with them. These beautiful animals are important to the environmentEverything that surrounds an animal or other living thing. For example, a pond is a frog's environment., because they control rodentGenerally, a small mammal with soft fur. Rodents have large front teeth (incisors) that never stop growing. Rodents are mammals. Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rates, and squirrels are all rodents. populations. Be alert when hiking and carefully move away if you see a rattlesnake. With a little effort, we can coexist with these fascinating predators.