5 Interesting Facts About Sidewinders


Here is a sidewinder travelling through the desert

Today I want to write about a very unusual species of snake, the sidewinder.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These amazing snakes are a member of the rattlesnake family.  They grow up to 80 cm long and females are larger than males.
  2. Sidewinders get their name from their strange way of travelling.  Instead of sliding like most other snakes, they move in an s-shape and jump along the sand.
  3. They are also called the horned rattlesnake as they have funny looking horns over their eyes which protect them from sand going into their eyes when they lie in wait for their prey.
  4. Young sidewinders use their tails as a lure to attract small reptiles to eat, whilst adult sidewinders catch rodents.
  5. Sidewinders are found in the desert regions of southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico and they are quite common.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about sidewinders?

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