What eats a rattlesnake?
Currently, western diamondback rattlesnakes are not threatened or endangered. Mice, rats, rabbits, gophers, ground dwelling birds, lizards and other small animals make up the diet of this snake. Diamondbacks have many predators and not always because the predator wants to eat them.
Aerial predators like owls, eagles and hawks may swoop down and snatch up a rattlesnake, while animals on the ground like foxes, coyotes, feral cats and even turkeys may also take on the rattler as a possible source of food. Even other snakes, like the king snake and black snake, prey on rattlesnakes.
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. Crotalus adamanteus, the Eastern diamondback, is the biggest venomous snake in the Americas. As with most rattlesnakes, its venom is highly hemorrhagic and contains some peptides that can cause cardiac problems, leading to death.
- What they eat: The Western Diamondback eats small mammals such as chipmunks, prairie dogs, gophers, ground squirrels, rabbits, mice and rats. The snake will also eat birds within reach. In a matter of seconds, rattlesnakes can leave a fatal bite by injecting venom into its prey.
- It's unlikely that they climb high block walls; however, many harmless non-venomous snakes can and do climb walls and shrubs. On the other hand, rattlesnakes are adept at swimming and will take to water readily in order to pursue food, mates and refuge, and to escape harassment.
The Timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) also commonly known as canebrake rattlesnake or banded rattlesnake, is a species of venomous pit viper found in the eastern region of the United States. They are found from southern Minnesota and southern New Hampshire and south from north Florida to east Texas.
- Timber Rattlesnake Swimming: Timber Rattlesnakes rarely swim. But, they are quite capable of swimming on the surface, or even under the surface. Most timber rattlesnakes will try to keep their rattles above water.
- A. Rattlesnakes are capable of climbing trees and shrubs but rarely do so. It's unlikely that they climb high block walls; however, many harmless non-venomous snakes can and do climb walls and shrubs.
- Remove any tight clothing or jewelry before you start to swell. Let the wound bleed, as this may allow some of the venom to be released. Don't wash the wound, as your medical team may be able to use some of the venom from your skin to more quickly identify the correct antivenin. Place a clean bandage on the wound.
The Eastern Timber Rattlesnake is a very venomous snake. It is highly dangerous to people and their pets. Its fangs are long enough to penetrate clothing and most boots. If you think one of these snakes has bitten someone, seek medical help immediately.
- Copperheads. Copperhead snakes have bands of gray and/or brown with a copper-colored heard. They blend in with leaf-covered forest floors and it's possible to stare right at a copperhead without seeing it! Copperheads bite rather than strike.
- Here are six of the deadliest snakes on the planet:
- Saw-scaled viper.
- King cobra.
- Tiger snake.
- Inland taipan.
- Faint-banded sea snake.
- Black mamba.
- It seems unfairly menacing that a snake that can literally "stand up" and look a full-grown person in the eye would also be among the most venomous on the planet, but that describes the famous king cobra. King cobras can reach 18 feet in length, making them the longest of all venomous snakes.
Updated: 2nd October 2019