Timber rattlesnake

Top of one at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Zak Handel.

Like all rattlesnakes, the canebrake timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) 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.


  • Where to see them: Southern United States
  • Length: Up to 6.3 ft
  • Venomous: Venomous
  • Habitat: Rocky hillsides, fields, woodlands and swamp
  • Diet: Small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians
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