Rattlesnake hunting behavior
What is it about?
Most of what we know about the hunting behavior of rattlesnakes comes from lab experiments and the few studies of free-ranging snakes have all been conducted on a single species (Crotalus horridus). Using radio telemetry and portable video surveillance equipment, we provide the first detailed analysis of the hunting behavior of free-ranging Northern Pacific rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus).
Why is it important?
Rattlesnakes are important predators, regulating rodent abundances in many ecosystems of North America; however, we know very little about their natural hunting behavior. Studies such as ours help fill this knowledge gap.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Matt Barbour