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Rattlesnakes

Over 20 different species of rattlesnakes are recognized in the United States.  Some seldom reach a length of 2 feet and a few reach over 7 feet.  All possess a rattle at the end of the tail.  A facial pit is located between the eye and nostril.  Crotalus have small scales on top of the head and Sistrurus, the Pigmy Rattlesnakes, possess large scales on top of the head.  The eyes are small, the pupils are elliptical.
All bites from rattlesnakes are dangerous, the Mojave Rattlesnake appears to have the most toxic venom among the rattlesnakes in the United States.

Poisonous Snake Index        Rattlesnake Index

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Black-Tailed Rattlesnake Canebrake Rattlesnake Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Massasauga Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake Pacific Rattlesnake Pigmy Rattlesnake Prairie Rattlesnake
Sidewinders Speckled Rattlesnake Timber Rattlesnake Western Diamond Back Rattlesnake

Black Tailed Rattlesnake pictureBlack-Tailed Rattlesnake
Crotalus m. molossus

The Black-Tailed Rattlesnake is large and bold.  The venom of this snake appears to be highly toxic.  Considered dangerous to man.
Average length 3 feet, maximum length 5 feet.

Canebreak RattlesnakeCanebrake Rattlesnake
Crotalus h. atricaudatus

Larger than its close relative, the timber rattlesnake, the canebrake is more irritable, ready to defend itself.
Average length 3 feet, maximum length 6 feet.

Eastern DiamondbackEastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Crotalus adamanteus

The Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake is the largest of all venomous snakes in the United States.  Sullen disposition, bold and sometimes aggressive.  Fangs can measure one inch in large specimens.  Venom is toxic.
Average length 5 feet, maximum length 7 feet.

Massasauga rattlesnake pictureMassasauga Rattlesnake
Sistrurus c. catenatus

Venom of the Massasauga rattlesnake is highly toxic to man.  There are authenticated fatal bites in man.  Often called the Black Snapper or Swamp Rattler.  Found in bog areas, swamps and dry fields.
Average length 2 feet, maximum length 3 feet.

Mojave Rattlesnake pictureMojave Rattlesnake
Crotalus s. scutulatus

Habits of the Mojave rattlesnake similar to western diamondback rattler.  This species has the most toxic venom of any North American rattlesnake.  It is very important to recognize the Mojave rattlesnake's severe respiratory distress.  It is often accompanied by its bite.  Considered extremely dangerous to man, fatalities are known.
Average length 3 feet, maximum length 4 feet.

Pacific Rattlesnake PicturePacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus v. oreganus

The Pacific rattlesnake is diurnal in its habits.  Bites from this species are common in the Northwestern states.  Large enough to cause a fatality.  Pacific rattlesnakes can be found from sea level to 11,000 feet.
Average length 3 feet, maximum length 5 feet.

Pigmy RattlesnakePigmy Rattlesnake
Sistrurus m. barbouri

Often called ground rattlesnake with a tiny rattle that sounds like an insect buzz and can be heard for just a few feet.  Venom of the Pigmy rattlesnake is toxic but only a small amount is usually injected into a bite, not considered fatal to a healthy adult.
Average length 18 inches, maximum length 2 feet.

Prairie Rattlesnake picturePrairie Rattlesnake
Crotalus v. viridus

This species has wide distribution and is common in many areas.  The Prairie rattlesnake is responsible for many snake bites.  Venom is toxic, fatalities are known.
Average length 3 feet, maximum length 5 feet.

Sidewinder Rattlesnake pictureSidewinders
Crotalus cerastes

A small desert rattlesnake which is a growing concern for snakebites because of residential and recreational areas that are built in the desert.  Fatalities are rare from sidewinder rattlesnake bites because of small quantities of venom.
Average length 18 inches, maximum length 2 feet.

Speckled Rattlesnake PictureSpeckled Rattlesnake
Crotalus m. pyrrhus

This rattlesnake is a particularly nervous species.  Ready to strike at any intruder.  Large enough to deliver a fatal bite.
Average length 3 feet, maximum length 4 feet.

Timber rattlesnakeTimber Rattlesnake
Crotalus horridus

The Timber rattlesnake is sometimes mild tempered and does a good deal of rattling before striking.  Commonly found in rocky wooded hills in the northern part of its range.  Fatalities are known from the bite of this snake.
Average length 3 feet, maximum length 6 feet.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake pictureWestern Diamond Back Rattlesnake
Crotalus atrox

The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a large aggressive rattlesnake involved in many snakebites every year in the United States.  Having large fangs capable of delivering a large amount of venom in one bite.
Average length 4 feet, maximum length 6 feet.

Our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Andrew Kouloulis, noted herpetologist, for permission to use his research and pictures provided on these pages.  Information taken from Dr. Kouloulis' Poisonous Snake Chart.  This chart is available for $15.00, plus S&H.

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