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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox

Range

  • The Southwest United States and Mexico

Habitat

  • Desert

Diet

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Rabbits
  • Gophers
  • Ground dwelling birds
  • Lizards

Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes are essential predators in the habitats where they are found.

They feed mainly on rodents and will keep their numbers in check. Rattlesnake roundups have reduced their numbers significantly in many parts of their range, and those areas are now seeing the results of increased rodent populations, which are often associated with diseases.

 

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