Logan Beers (Class of 2023)

Undergraduate Researcher

Sidewinder Rattlesnake - Crotalus cerastes
  • Photo by Jerry Schudda

    Due to their sidewinding movement style that leaves a J-shaped pattern in the sand, Sidewinder’s are the fastest rattlesnake on record, moving in short bursts at about 3 miles per hour. These small tan snakes with brown dorsal blotches are also known for their supraocular horns which help them to detect vibrations from predators and prey while they wait half buried in the sand.