Yucatan Neotropical Rattlesnake

Crotalus tzabcan

When threatened, the Neotropical rattlesnake adopts a particularly striking defensive posture. Lifting the front third of the body off of the ground, the snake aims its head at the disturbance. As the tension heightens, the snake vibrates its rattle with increasing intensity. The venom of this species is one of the most toxic of all rattlesnakes.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: Up to 5 ft
habitatHabitat: Dry tropical forest, scrubland and savanna
dietDiet: Rodents