Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Like all rattlesnakes, these have heat sensing pits between the eye and nostril. They are primarily nocturnal, hunting for prey on warm nights.


  • Scientific Name: Crotalus atrox
  • Range: Across the southwest United States
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptiles and Amphibians Building
  • Cool Animal Fact: Primarily nocturnal, these animals hunt for prey on warm nights.