Meet Our Animals > Timber Rattlesnake
Quick Facts
Native to Eastern United States
Primary Diet Rodents
Adult Weight 1.3 to 2 pounds
Lifespan 16 to 22 years
Status Least Concern

Timber Rattlesnake

The timber rattlesnake swallows its entire prey whole, then retreats to a sunny basking site in order to raise its body temperature to 80-85°F for proper digestion. Every time the snake sheds its skin, another ring is added to the rattle.


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