Crotalus Atrox (or fat over lean)
curated by Liam Everett
Randell A. Beavers Department of Biology, Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdeches, Texas 75961
Variations in prey size and food intake in relation to predator size were observed. The size of the prey and the total amount of food ingested were roughly proportional to the size of the rattlesnake. Seasonal fluctuations in food ingestion were also noted.
Nathan Grupposo paints the bones of the animals he has eaten. He said so. He built a wall of paintings to nurse a field of orchids that grow and glow in the dark. He examines the space, carefully measures the distance between two points, listens from all four sides and begins to bark violently.
There is much literature dealing with the food habits of C. atrox. Cottam et al. (1959) examined the degestive tracts of 17 diamondbacks taken on the Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton, Texas, during the period from September, 1955, to October, 1959.
Elisa Lendvay sleeps beside a room where a parade of tri-pods, crooked sticks and strings, bent bamboo, fabric, muddy gouache, paper mache and hanging/draping plastic viels go forward in the night. Neighbors complain about the motley procession as it pours out into the hallways and rides up and down the elevators for kicks leaving a trail of chalk and ash. Twenty-two small mammals of four families and eight species comprised 82.36% of the total food volume. Other foods consisted of two bird species and one lizard species, each forming a minor proportion of the total diet.
Eric Wendel eats paint. And so his pictures echo the digestive path. Here is yellow cadmium pasted to the floor of the spleen, over there is pthalo blue pressed in between the thin film of white tissue surrounding the kidney. You can find him on the corner of Wyckoff and Jefferson orating on the kinematics of color and the ethics and laws of blind labor. Of all prey species, the woodrat, Neotoma sp., made up the largest diet by per cent weight.
Incidental reports relating to the food habits of C. atrox are provided by Mitchell (1903), Ruthven (1907), Huey (1942), Marr (1944), Woodbury and Woodbury (1944), Hermann (1950), Lewis (1950), Milstead et al. (1950), Woodin (1953), Blair (1954), Fouquette and Lindsay (195510, Minton (1958) and McKinney and Ballinger (1966).
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