Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53673

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Viperidae
Genus:Crotalus
Genus species:Crotalus cerastes

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:46-81 cm
Identification:The skin of the sidewinder is lightly colored with darker patches and a dark eye stripe along the sides of the head. The scales are keeled, and the head has supraocular scales that are upturned and pointed.
Habitat:Deserts
Diet:Carnivore: lizards, rodents
Reproduction:Mating takes place in April and May. Five to eighteen young are born per female in the late summer/early fall.
Sidewinders are solitary except in the winter where they may hibernate in large numbers.
Behavior:Sidewinders perform combat dancing between two males for the right to breed with a female in the area. Combat dancing includes: entwining necks while raising the fore portions of their bodies, fleet darting movements, and toppling each other.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Sidewinders get their name from their interesting way of moving across the sand. Their body actually moves sideways in an S-shaped curve.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern North America Date:1965-07 Subjects:herptile
Sidewinder
Horned rattlesnake
snake
reptile
Crotalus
Rattlesnakes
Pit vipers
Viperidae
Snakes
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals