Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
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western diamondback rattlesnake
Common Name Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Scientific Name Crotalus atrox
Range Western United States; Northern Mexico
Status No critical status at this time
Comments The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a venomous pit viper (or pitviper). The "pits" referred to are actually heat receptors that aid the snake when striking at warm blooded prey. These pits are found midway between the eyes and nostrils and are clearly visible in the photo. Send us an email if you can't find them! When threatened a rattlesnake will generally coil up and shake it's rattle as a warning. The rattle is formed when the snake molts as it is a remnant of the molted skin.

Equipment Used
( Camera, Lens, Flash, etc.)

Nikon D2X, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro, Nikon SB-800 Speedlight, Quantum Turbo 2X2, SanDisk or Lexar Compact Flash cards
Classification Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Crotalus
Species: Crotalus atrox

last update 5/26/08
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