Although the diamondback rattlesnake can be commonly found in Kansas, recent reports stated the presence of the diamond rattlesnake in Kentucky. As we are talking about a venomous snake that could be easily mistaken with other non-venomous species, it is mandatory to know a few facts about this dangerous reptile.
The diamond rattlesnake in Kentucky looks like a simple rattlesnake, but it is bigger. Studies are trying to determine if this is the result of climate changes. We are talking about an established specie of snakes in United States, but the appearance of this snake in Kentucky raised the curiosity of the specialists, especially because it seems like this specie of rattlesnake has some uncommon characteristics.
The diamond rattlesnake in Kentucky has a length of 3 feet, but the adults can grow larger. As the snake is new in Kentucky, it is impossible to determine its life duration. As for the harmful proprieties of the venom, although this snake releases a bigger quantity with the bite, it has the same harmful effect. It is better to prevent a bite of this kind, as some of the antivenin options are not so effective.
It is rumored that the diamondback rattlesnake was brought to Kentucky by particular breeders to create a new habitat for this snake. As it is on the verge of disappearing, this could be a method to protect this endangered specie. On the other hand, forcing a new breed in a habitat might be dangerous for other animals living in the area, especially when we are talking about an effective predator such as the diamondback rattlesnake.
The diamond rattlesnake in Kentucky is not an aggressive specie, although it would not refuse a fight. The snake usually hides in front of dangers, but sometimes you could find it in a semi-dormant state. This is a dangerous scenario, as the snake will not hear you, so you might step on it accidentally. Moreover, you could also step on it during the night, as the diamondback rattlesnake is capable of seeing any warm blooded being in the dark.
The diamondback rattlesnake prefers the sunny areas and rocks in the vicinity of waters. The unusual movement type with lateral arching (also called sidewinder) is the result of their adaptability to the environment. This kind of movement is also able to mislead the predators, as the traces left on sand are almost impossible to follow.
The diamondback rattlesnake can reach a length of 1.5 meters. Although it is a reptile, this kind of rattlesnake changes its skin several times a year, and the “bell” at the extremity of the tail is formed by thick rings made of skin.
At its birth, the rattlesnake has only two rings. The others are added with each change of skin. When the rattlesnake feels the danger, the tail starts to vibrate, and you should really be careful when you hear this sound. However, the snake can be 20-30 meters away, so you would better start scouting the area. The venom is really dangerous, and the diamondback rattlesnake can kill a cow with a single bite in a few hours.