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Tiger Rattlesnake

Tiger rattlesnake is a highly poisonous species of snake, occurring in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The species is terrestrial, but it is an adept swimmer and is also found above the ground. It becomes diurnal and crepuscular during the fall season.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Crotalinae
    Genus Crotalus
    Scientific Name Crotalus tigris

    Other Names Tiger Rattler
    Length Up to 35 in
    Color Gray, lavender, pink, blue-gray or buff ground color with pink, cream or pale orange on the sides
    Distribution Central Arizona (United States), Mexico
    Habitat Rocky desert canyons, foothills, vegetation zones such as thornscrub, grassland, chaparral, tropical deciduous forest
    Diet Rodents, lizards
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during late fall and winter in animal burrows or rock crevices
    Predators Hawks, eagles, coyotes, other snakes
    Venom Fact Venom consists of myotoxin and neurotoxin
    Breeding Season End of may to middle of August
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size Around 5 young
    Average Lifespan Up to 15.3 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 6th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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