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Like all rattlesnakes, the timber rattlesnake kills its prey by striking and injecting it with venom through a pair of fangs. If the animal flees, it does not make it far before succumbing to the venom. The rattlesnake then follows a scent trail leading it to the fallen animal.

Timber Rattlesnake inside it's habitat

Did You Know?

Preferring to remain in the quiet and hidden, rattlesnakes only vibrate their rattles and bite in defense if they are disturbed.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Crotalus horridus

Southeastern United States

Rocky hillsides, fields, woodlands and swamp

Up to 6.3 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians