Snuggles was caught locally as a young snake.
About Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes
Order: Squamata; Family: Vipiridae; Species: Crotalus oreganus oreganus
Range: This subspecies of the western rattlesnake is found in California, from Santa Barbara north through most of Oregon and eastern Washington.
Habitat: This rattlesnake occurs in arid plains, desert margins, fertile valleys, prairie grasslands, chaparral-covered foothills, on rocky ridges, in mountain meadows, and forests.
Diet: Juveniles prefer lizards, adults eat primarily rodents, some lizards, amphibians and rarely birds.
Reproduction: Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous. Fertilized eggs remain within their bodies until fully developed and the young are born live. A female rattlesnake can store a male's sperm for years until an optimum time for fertilization.
Behavior: This species of rattlesnake is a generally passive, non-aggressive species. They generally come out at dawn and dusk or are nocturnal during the hot summer. They will sometimes come out during the day to bask on rocks, but normally stay hidden in crevices most of the day.
Lifespan: 15-20 years.