The canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) is a common woodland snake in central Georgia, yet its food habits are poorly documented (1).
Platt SG, Hawkes AW and Rainwater TR: Diet of the canebrake rattlesnake (Crolatus horridus atricaudatus): an additional record and review.
A total of 45 prey items were found in the alimentary tracts of 42 canebrake rattlesnakes, and included at least two amphibian, one reptile, two bird, and 13 mammal species (Table 1).
The canebrake rattlesnake inhabits lowlands from southwestern Virginia, along the Atlantic Coastal Plain to northern Florida, westward to central Texas, and northward in the Mississippi Valley to southern Illinois (Ernst 1992).
On 28 June 1993, a female bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) and a cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus) were recovered from an adult canebrake rattlesnake (TL = 129 cm).
Keeps (1882) also reported "several quail" in a canebrake rattlesnake, but this unquantified observation was not included in the present analysis.
Reproduction, growth, and sexual dimorphism in the canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus).
The number (n) and frequency of occurrence (%) of prey items (n=92) identified from canebrake rattlesnake (n=83) stomach contents, feces or feeding observations.
A review of the literature reveals records for an additional 82 canebrake rattlesnakes and 90 prey items (Table 1).