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Western Diamondback

About Western Diamondback

There are 35 species of rattlesnakes, the Western Diamondback is one of the most dangerous. They are in the pit viper family.

The Western Diamondback has a rattle at the end of its tail. The rattle is made up of 12 loose, bony rings that make a rattling noise when the tail vibrates. Its rattle gets longer each year. The rattling noise acts as a warning to other animals and humans. The rattling noise is a helpful warning to humans because rattlesnakes are venomous and they can kill a person.

A rattlesnake’s jaws are able to open to nearly 180 degrees, making for a large, powerful bite.

Like all snakes in the rattlesnake family, the Western Diamond Back gives birth to live young.