BY THE NUMBERS: Desert Critters

Compiled by Jennifer Graham

 

60*

Number of times per second a rattlesnake can move its rattle back and forth.

 

150**

Approximate number of Arizona residents bitten by rattlesnakes each year.

 

70**

Number of different types of snakes in Arizona.

 

2***

Total length, in feet, of a Gila monster.

 

5***

Maximum weight, in pounds, of a Gila monster.

 

6-12****

Number of eyes a scorpion may have.

 

430****

Age, in millions, of oldest scorpion artifacts.

 

3-8****

Average life span, in years, of a scorpion in the wild.

 

90****

Number of different scorpion species.

 

Sources:

* desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Diamondback%20Rattlesnake.ph

** http://phoenix.about.com/cs/desert/a/snakes01.htm

*** http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/gila-monster/

**** scorpionworlds.com/facts-about-scorpions/

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