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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox

By Daniel Stokkers

Photo Courtesy of

Kris Haas

Birth: 10 to 12 inches
Adult: 36 to 80 inches
VenomType: Hemotoxic
Antivenom: CroFab polyvalent
Range: United States and Mexico

When Buying a Western Diamondback I highly recomend buying from a quality breeder.

Caging: First and most important the cage should be secure and escape proof with a lock is highly recomended! WDBs should be housed seperatly except during breeding season to reduce the chance of feeding struggles. Cages do not need to be tall as WDBs are terrestrial and do not climb. I recomend a cage that is twice the perimeter as the snake is long. My smaller specimins are kept in a 24wX24DX12h cage, my texas specimins are kept in a 36wX24dX12h or 48wX24dX12h enclosure.

Environmental conditions: Diamondbacks can and will tolerate a wider variety of temperature variant then most rattlesnakes. I maintain mine at around 80-85 for a high and let temps drop to as low as 75 at night. Western Diamondbacks are from more arid regions and will do best with lower humidity levels. This will also come into play for breeding. A small water dish "I use 3in crock style" should be provided with water at all times. I also mist the cage weekly as many snakes will not drink directly from the bowl.

Feeding: I recomend feeding 1 meal every 7-10days of appropiate size. Snakes if housed together should be seperated or watched very closely during feedings as feeding struggles may occur. live feedings are acceptable as long as the snake strikes the food item readily allthough i highly recomend winning them over to prekilled food.

Breeding: Usually occurs in early spring with offspring being born in late august early September.



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