The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus, is the largest recognized rattlesnake species. The average size for this species is between three and six feet (36-72 in), but the largest recorded individual measured eight feet in length (96 in). Life expectancy in the wild is less than 15 years but specimens in captivity can live toRead More
Are Baby Rattlesnakes Really More Dangerous than Adults?
Contrary to popular belief, the bite of a baby rattlesnake is almost always far less serious than the bite of a larger adult rattlesnake. The notion that baby rattlesnakes cannot control the quantity of venom injected (referred to in the field of Herpetology as “venom metering”) is a myth that has been disproven multiple timesRead More
Rattlesnakes in Wisconsin: A Historical and Conservation Perspective
Rattlesnakes in Wisconsin: A Historical and Conservation Perspective By Eric Roscoe, Education and Events Coordinator for the Madison Area Herpetological Society The sound of a rattlesnake sounding off its rattle is perhaps one of the most unmistakable sounds in nature, and very often is also one which elicits an especially strong fear response from manyRead More