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What is the common diet of a rattlesnake?

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The common diet of a rattlesnake includes rodents and other small mammals, lizards and birds. Rattlesnakes kill their prey by injecting venom into their victims through their two sharp fangs.

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Rattlesnakes do most of their hunting at night. To capture their prey, rattlesnakes lie motionless, sensing the air around them with a keen sense of smell in both their nostrils as well as their tongues. When a small animal approaches, the rattler delivers a swift bite, injecting its victim with a hemo-toxic venom which leads to swelling, paralysis and death. Once the prey is dead, the snake swallows it whole. After eating, a rattlesnake takes about two weeks to digest its prey.

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