Mexican West Coast Rattlesnake

Crotalus basiliscus

Young rattlesnakes are live born. They must fend for themselves and are capable of biting and injecting venom within minutes of emerging. It is not until the after the first skin shedding that a rattlesnake produces its first rattle segment, called a button. With each shedding of its skin, a new segment is added.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: Up to 6.7 ft
venomousVenomous: Venomous
habitatHabitat: Coastal plains, rocky areas and woodlands
dietDiet: Mammals, birds and lizards