Waterville 4th Grade

Literate About Biodiversity of the Waterville Plateau

4th Grade Herpetologist

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We study reptiles in our classroom

Scientific Questions & Analysis:


Reptiles of Waterville

Western rattlesnake (Crotalis viridis)  [Pronounced: crow tell’ iss vurry diss]
Habitat: The habitat of the rattlesnake is hot, dry sagebrush areas, fields, and the roads by CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) lands. A common habitat is in a farmer’s barns and fields. Sometimes they curl up on the wheel of farm equipment. photo

Diet: The rattlesnakes eat a variety of small rodents and insects. They don’t lik up water. They get their water from the existing liquids inside their prey’s body.

The rattles are a series of hollow beads that shake to warn you. Rattlesnakes get a new bead every time they shed their skin. That can be several times a year.



Herpetologist = One who studies reptiles and amphibians.

Herpetology = The branch of zoology that studies reptiles and amphibians.


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