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Crotalus cerastes

Sidewinder Rattlesnake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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  • Length Adult

  • up to 82 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 12 to 20 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • ovoviviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • slit (or vertical elliptical) ref
  • Fangs

  • foldable ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

1850 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Crotalus cerastes  ACHI Sochoj, BILOXI NdÉsi Xidi', CAJUN FRENCH Serpent Sonnette, CENTRAL NAHUATL Colcoatl, Ecacóatl, Ehecacóatl, CENTRAL TARAHUMARA Chachámuri, Chamurá, Chanébari, Sayahui, Sinohui Chamarara, CHEROKEE U N'tso' N' Ti', U Tso'n(a) Ti, CHEYENNE Xamáa øe øenovotse, CHICKASAW Ittiwasha'chi, Ittiwashanchi', Sintishtahallo', Sishto', CHIPPEWA Zhiishiigweg, CHOCTAW Sintullo, CHOL Ajluk', COMANCHE Wasinaboo, Wuhkitsu Tsu Ikatu, Wuhtsabeyakatu, CREE Sesikwewi Kinepik, CZECH Chřestýš Rohatý, DAKOTA Si¤tehda, DUTCH Hoornratelslang, Ractel Slange, Ratel Slangen, Ratelslang, ENGLISH Bell Snake, Buzz Tail, Chatter Viper, Diamond Back, Horned Rattler, Horned Rattlesnake, Mojave Desert Sidewinder, Muscial Jack, Rattle Tail Snake, Rattlesnake, Rusty Back, Side Winder, Sideliner, Sideswiper, Sidewinder, Sidewinder Rattlesnake, Sidewiper, Sizzle Tail, Snattle Rake, FINNISH Kalkkarokäärmeet, Sarvikalkkarokäärme, FRENCH Crotale, Crotale Cornu, Crotale Diamant, Serpent à Sonnette, Vipere à Queuë Sonnante, GERMAN Gehörnte Klapperschlange, Klapperschlange, Mojave Seitenwinder Klapperschlange, Seitenwinder Klapperschlange, Waldklapperschlange, HOPI Tsuu'a, HUASTEC Tzahuil, HUNGARIAN Szarvas Csörgõkígyó, ITALIAN Crotalo, Serpente A Sonagli, Sonagli, KOASATI Cintó Cobá, LAKOTA SiÕte'hla, NAVAJO Siláo Habitiin, Tl'iish 'ádaanínígíí, Tl'iish Bicho'hi', NEZ PERCE Shaptin Pyuø, NORTHERN TEPEHUAN Quii'ñ Cam Co', OFO Okte'fi Taphe'su, Taph'su O Kte'fi, OSAGE Shé Ki, PEñOLES MIXTEC Koo Kaa, PIMA BAJO Ko'owi, Kohko'owi, PORTUGUESE Cascavel, Caxcabel, POTAWATOMI Shanwe'nge', SAN MATEO DEL MAR HUAVE Mixoob Ndiüc, SENECA Uhsikwêôt, SERI Cocázni, SIKSIKA Omahhsisttsiiksiinaa, Sapittsikotoyi, SPANISH Alicante, Bíbora, Cascabel, Cascabel Que Se Arrastra De Lado, Cascabel Que Serpentea De Lado, Chicotera, Crotalo, Crótalo Cornudo, Raboseco, Señora De La Serpientes, Serpiente De Cascabel, Serpiente De Cascabel Cornuda, Trompito, Víbora Cornuda, Víbora De Cascabel, Víbora De Cascabel Cuernito, Víbora De Cascabel De La Arena, Víbora De Cuernitos, Vívora, TABASCO ZOQUE Xakaka7, TEWA Qwæ ìPu', TOHONO O'ODHAM Ko'owi, Kohko'owi, UNCODED LANGUAGES Ah Tsab Kan, Ah Tsab Ti' Kan, Ahaw Kan, Ahaw Tsab, Awa'ala, Chak Ahaw Kan, Chi Kix Kan, Chicotera, Chik Chan, Ek' Ahaw Kan, K'an Ahaw Kan, Sak Ahaw Kan, Tsabkan, Tu Jtsúmum, UNDETERMINED LANGUAGE Yacachtli, YAQUI Aakame, Awa'ala, YUCATECO Ahaucan, ZAPOTEC Bgüiz', Gwbiz, Xbi' ref
Crotalus cerastes cerastes ENGLISH Horned Rattlesnake, Mojave Desert Sidewinder, Sidewinder, GERMAN Mojave Seitenwinder Klapperschlange, SPANISH Víbora Cornuda Del Desierto De Mojave ref
Crotalus cerastes laterorepens ENGLISH Colorado Desert Sidewinder, GERMAN Colorado Seitenwinder Klapperschlange, SPANISH Víbora Cornuda De Desierto De Colorado ref
Crotalus cerastes cercobombus ENGLISH Sonoran Desert Sidewider, Sonoran Desert Sidewinder, Sonoran Sidewinder, GERMAN Sonora Seitenwinder Klapperschlange, SPANISH Víbora Cornuda De Sonora ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Viperidae

  • Vipers and pit vipers
  • III. Subfamily Crotalinae

  • Pit vipers
  • IV. Genus Crotalus

  • Rattlesnakes
  • V. Species Crotalus cerastes

  • Sidewinder rattlesnake
  • VI. snakeID

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Look up complete taxonomic records of Crotalus cerastes (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).