Now, Krochmal and George Bakken, also of Indiana State, report on the first tests of whether the facial pits also help western diamondback rattlesnakes
protect themselves from overheating.
Peter Via of Roanoke, Virginia, contributed $100,000 towards the purchase of Sandy Run Swamp Savanna in an effort to protect habitat for eastern diamondback rattlesnakes
Lennie Jones, a special agent with USFWS, said recently that rattlesnake roundups in the Southeastern United States could "spell doom" for eastern diamondback rattlesnakes
, whose populations have declined over much of their biological range.
Almost as soon as the burrow is finished, rabbits, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes
, burrowing owls, beetles and three different species of flies move in.
Eight western diamondback rattlesnakes
(Crotalus atrox,) were exposed to 6 stimuli: (1) clean, unused bedding; (2) an adult male mouse; (3) an adult lactating female mouse; (4) an adult lactating female mouse with a litter; (5) 2 adult nonlactating female mice, to control for the extra surface area in Condition 4; and (6) a litter of newborn mice.
rattlers, massasaugas, and speckled and diamondback rattlesnakes
Male and female western diamondback rattlesnakes
(Crotalus atrox) also deserve a medal for muscle speed, as they can rattle their tails 90 times per second.
Subjects were eight adult western diamondback rattlesnakes
(Crotalus atrox), all adults ranging in snout-vent length from 60-90 cm.