In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake.
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How to Draw a Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Draw a U-shape whose upper ends bend slightly inwards.
Step 2: Draw a small crescent moon on one side of the head, and a mirror image of it on the opposite side. Draw a curve in the bottom that meets both sides.
Step 3: Draw a curve from one end of the head that reaches over the other. Draw a curve from the other end of the head that reaches over the entire shape, curves down, and then loops to meet itself. Draw a curve that starts from the midpoint of the second curve, under it, and then meets the head. Add another curve that goes down from the other side of the head, and another near it that goes down from the body.
Step 4: Make curves that go from the last two curves in step 3 and meet the bottom of the body.
Step 5: Make a patchy pattern all over the body. Done! You can color it brown, or brownish-yellow, -grey, or –green, with black diamond patterns; the inside of the diamonds should be slightly lighter than the rest of the body. This species is the largest rattlesnake in the world, and the heaviest known type of venomous snake!
Interesting Facts about Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes are found on the east coast of the United States. They live in evergreen (mostly pine) forests and grow to be 33 to 72 inches long. The snake is called “Diamondback” because of the pattern of dark brown diamond shapes that run down its back. The rest of the snake is some shade of brown. Like all rattlesnakes, adults have a hard bulb at the end of their tail that they use to warn predators if they get too close!
Did you know?
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake babies are born alive. A litter is 6 to 21 offspring.
- The longest Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake recorded was 96 inches long!
- Just because a rattlesnake has a rattle doesn’t mean it will use it. In fact sometimes it has a better chance of getting away if it doesn’t.
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes are poisonous and can strike at a victim feet away from it.
- Many animals like hogs, foxes, and hawks will eat a young Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake.
Activity: A great indoor recess idea for rainy days! Draw the body of a snake on a large piece of paper. Then cut out brown diamond shapes out of construction paper and place tape on the backs. The game is for each student to take turns posting the diamonds on the snake. Time each student and see how fast it can be done.