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Prairie Rattlesnake

The Prairie Rattlesnake is a speciesof venomous pit vipers that are found in parts of Canada, Mexico and USA. They have two subspecies.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Crotalinae
    Genus Crotalus
    Species C. viridis
    Scientific Name Crotalusviridis

    Other Names Prairie rattlesnake, western rattlesnake, Great Plains rattlesnake
    Length More than 100 cm (3.3 ft)
    Coloration Lightly coloration in hues of brown with patches of dark brown often spread across the body in a dorsal pattern
    Distribution Native to western United States, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico
    Habitat Dry areas with moderate vegetation coverage, rocky areas with outcrops, burrows of other animals
    Diet Ground squirrels, ground nesting birds, mice, rats, small rabbits and prairie dogs; also amphibians and reptiles, and sometimes even other snakes
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Clutch Size 1-25 depending upon the size of the female
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (gives birth to live young)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 18th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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