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Can rattlesnakes swim?

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Rattlesnakes can swim well but have a very limited strike range when in water. They live in swamps as well as forests, deserts, grasslands, scrub brush and deserts.

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Can rattlesnakes swim?
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Rattlesnakes prefer hunting prey on land by ambush hunting or by going down burrows where small animals live. They use their venom to kill prey with a quick bite, tracking a bitten animal by scent if it moves away. Once a prey animal is dead, the rattlesnake swallows it head-first. A good meal can last a rattlesnake as long as two weeks. Rattlesnakes control the populations of small mammals in the ecosystems they inhabit.

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