The Banded Rock Rattlesnake For Sale, like other rattlesnakes, is venomous. It is characterized by a slender body, with light gray scales with dark, gray-black bands along the length of its body. These bands usually have serrated, saw-like edges. There are often small spots between the cross-bands. On some, the spotting is very heavy and gives the snake a speckled appearance in addition to the banding. These colors and the dorsal banding pattern may help camouflage the rock rattlesnake against the often gray rocks and areas of green lichen that are common in its habitat
This species is sexually dichromatic, meaning males and females differ in coloration. The background color or sometimes just the mid-dorsal region of adult males tend to be greenish, whereas adult females are gray. Males grow to a larger size and have longer tails as a proportion of their total length when compared to females.
The banded rock rattlesnake’s range overlaps with that of the gray-banded kingsnake, a species similar in appearance with alternating gray and black bands along its body. This similarity is likely an adaptation that developed as a form of mimicry. Resembling a banded rock rattlesnake helps protect the nonvenomous gray-banded kingsnake from predators that may mistake it for the venomous banded rock rattlesnake.
Banded rock rattlesnakes prey on lizards, invertebrates, small mammals, birds and other snakes. They use venom to subdue their prey before swallowing it whole. The potency of the subspecies klauberi’s venom varies throughout its range, suggesting that this snake’s habitat and diet could be a factor in venom variations.
At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, banded rock rattlesnakes eat small rodents.
These snakes are thought to breed in the summer between late July and late August. Females may have between three and six young in a litter that averages 8 inches in length.
This rattlesnake is ovoviviparous. The babies first develop inside eggs inside the mother. When developed, they break free of their eggs, and the mother gives birth to live young. The female will remain with her young until their first shedding, which happens when the young are 11-14 days of age. The young snakes stay together for safety and do not stray far from their mother during this time.
Banded rock rattlesnakes are born with a “prebutton” at the end of their tails. This segment is lost during the snakes first shed. It is replaced with the first segment of the rattle. Young snakes cannot make any noises with this segment of the rattle. They need at least two segments to make the rattling sound. Young rock rattlesnakes use their rattles to communicate with their mother in a behavior called caudaling, and it is Morse code for rattlesnakes.
Juvenile rock rattlesnakes have a tail that is yellow in coloration. This color gradually fades as it grows, with only a trace of yellow retained into adulthood.