Sidewinder Animal Pictures

Crotalus cerastes

© Roger de Montfort/

A Sidewinder Snake lying in the desert

A Sidewinder Snake lying in the desert
© RA fotografia/

Sidewinders are pit vipers, so they have a pit (hole) on each side of their snout.

Snake in the Namib desert

sidewinder crawling in sand
© Mitchell

The sidewinder is also known as the horned rattlesnake.

Amazing Desert Animals: Sidewinder

Amazing Desert Animals: Sidewinder
© Roger de Montfort/

Sidewinders get their name from their unique form of side-stepping locomotion that is an adaptation for moving across loosely packed desert sands.

Peringuey adder on the sand

Peringuey's adder on the sand
© Ken Griffiths/

Sidewinders leave a distinct trail as they travel across the sand.

Sidewinders have rough-textured scales.

Where Do Snakes Live
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Venomous Sidewinder Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes) with forked tongue lying on the desert sand.

Boa Imperator (lat. Sunglow Max Carame). It is a species of nonvenomous snakes. The average length is from 1.3 to 2.5 m, but can reach 3.7 m. The average weight is about 6 kg.

boa curling up
© Galina Savina/

Sidewinder rattlesnakes are well known for their sidewinding movement.