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Sidewinder Rattlesnake

Sidewinder Rattlesnake

C003/9971

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STUART WILSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STUART WILSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Sidewinder Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes cercobombus). Early in the spring the Sidewinder may be active during the day, but as soon as the weather warms up, it becomes nocturnal. It's strictly a desert creature, specially adapted for life in wind-blown sand. Sidewinding is an adaptation for moving over soft sand. When sidewinding the snake applies vertical pressure to the ground which minimizes slippage and leaves a distinctive parallel series of 'J' shaped tracks. The hooks of the 'J' marks point in the direction of travel.

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