How to Identify Baby Rattlesnakes

How to Identify Baby Rattlesnakes

Markings are just one of the ways on how to identify baby rattlesnakes. These markings make them easier to spot.

Adults and babies have similar markings. But the babies’ bodies are thinner and smaller, so these markings don’t appear as noticeable as their parents’. Though sometimes, the patterns on babies can be even brighter and more apparent.

Baby rattlesnakes don’t carry rattles with them; however, they have a venom that’s deadlier than adults’. Although probably, a baby’s bite is not as dangerous. Nevertheless, that bite could also be a fatal one in certain circumstances.

Pit Viper

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These venomous snakes have a pair of pits beneath their nostrils that lets them sense their prey. They are present on both babies and adult rattlesnakes.

It’s a particular feature of both rattlesnakes as well as pit vipers in general. It’s a large head in a triangular shape that tapers swiftly to a neck, which is slimmer than its body. This head is also evident in babies even though they have more slender bodies. Their bodies are thick enough and taper at two ends.

Shape and Size

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Baby and adult rattlesnakes, in the middle part of their bodies, are thick. Checking on the size is another way on how to identify baby rattlesnakes. Babies can grow up to 6-12 inches, while adults can grow to 8 feet. Most of them have unique patterns, usually in the shape of diamonds.

Young Rattlesnakes Don’t Carry Rattles

This snake’s rattle is its most unique feature. However, baby rattlers do not have it until they start to molt their skin. What the baby has instead, is a “button” looking like a little knob on its tail.

When an adult is threatened, it coils. While its coils, it rattles and hisses at the same time. When young snakes are coiling and hissing, there is no rattling sound.

Never ignore the hissing of any snake, especially if it’s coming from a baby rattlesnake. Babies don’t have as much venom as adults, but it’s more potent and, therefore, deadlier.


Another tip on how to identify baby rattlesnakes is knowing about their habitat and behavior. Take some time to study where they usually thrive, their tendencies, and their behavior.

Shortly put, a rattlesnake’s behavior will depend on whether they are in their natural habitat, or they are in someplace else. It is important to keep rattlesnakes, especially little ones, in their natural habitat so that they can grow natural rattlesnake behaviors.

Final Thoughts

Baby rattlesnakes are very fragile when they are born. Although they are meant to grow up as large, deadly snakes, the little ones also need care and maintenance for them to grow healthy. As humans, it is important for us to be knowledgeable about how other animals and species live because we are responsible for keeping them alive.

Thus, although rattlesnakes can be tough to handle, knowing how they live and how they look can go a long mile for us to be more conscious about our surroundings, especially the environment.

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