Do rattlesnakes lay eggs?
No! They have
live babies. Actually, the babies are born in a small,
thin 'egg sack' and quickly break out as fully formed
miniature duplicates of their parent. While many snakes
do lay eggs, the rattler is said to be a live birthing
snake. The babies are very active and must utilize every
instinct to insure survival as they are on their own
immediately. The Western Diamondback usually has a litter
of around 12 babies, but some have been known to have 25
or so. In the wild, most will not survive to adult life
due to normal predation. The young are immediately adept
at camouflage and hunting, and are quite toxic with fully
formed venom systems. Live babies are very dangerous, as
well as very cute, and they should never be picked up
with the thought of 'taming' them or catching them before
they get 'big and mean'. They will bite without
provocation and do all in their small abilities to
protect themselves at their captor's expense!
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