The Texas western diamondback rattlesnake is a venomous, heavy-bodied snake that has a spade-shaped head with two dark diagonal lines on each side of its face, a dark diamond-shaped pattern along its back, and a tail that has black and white bands just above its rattles. These rattles are the snake’s primary warning signal to other creatures it perceives as a threat, and it can move its rattle back and forth 60 or more times per second.
The rattle of this rattlesnake is made up of a protein called keratin--the same protein that makes up your hair and fingernails. A new segment is added each time a rattlesnake sheds, but they can shed at different rates. Because of this, and the fact that segments can break off, you really can't tell a snake's age by counting the segments.
The western diamondback rattlesnake, also known as a Texas diamond-back, is most common here in deep South Texas, but for some reason, the area where we live on the Cappadona Ranch seems to have a lot of rattlesnakes. This is some of our collection.
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