There are three subspecies of Sidewinder Rattlesnake Diet
including the Mojave Sidewinder, the Colorado
Sidewinder and the Sonoran Sidewinder. The three
subspecies inhabit various parts of Arizona, Nevada,
California, northern Mexico and Utah.
Like many other snakes the diet of the Sidewinder Habitat
consists of small rodents such as the Kangaroo Rat and
lizards. The Sidewinder uses venom to kill its prey.
Though a bite is probably not lethal to humans due to its
small size, the Sidewinder is poisonous and if bitten a
person should seek professional medical attention
The Sidewinder can often be found buried in the sand of
the desert or in animal burrows. The Sidewinder will
mostly be seen at night as it is primarily nocturnal.
Size and Description
The length of a Sidewinder can range from 1.5 to 2.5 feet,
but Sidewinders of over 30 inches are rarely observed. A
Sidewinder can be distinguished by the raised scales
above its eyes creating a horn-like appearance. These
structures are not horns however, and they may be an
adaptation that help protect the snake's eyes. The color
of the Sidewinder is pale to brown with small dark
patches. This coloration allows the snake to blend in
with the sand.
Up to 18 young can be born per litter, and the young are
born in an embryonic membrane.