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Rattlesnake Fence - Galvanized Steel - 1/4” Opening - 36” x 100’ Roll

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Our rattlesnake fencing is designed specifically to attach to an existing steel or iron perimeter fence or gate built around an enclosed backyard. Composed of 23 gauge galvanized steel, the material is hot dipped and features a specialized zinc coating designed to resist rust and withstand may years of exposure to climate conditions which can be extreme in regions where rattlesnakes typically inhabit.

In order for rattlesnake fencing to be effective the fence must be at least 3’ tall with a mesh size of 1/4”. The small mesh size is essential to keep out both adult and young rattlesnakes.



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  • Size: 36" x 100' Roll
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The mesh can be easily cut using either outdoor garden sheers (scissors) or wire cutters. Attaching the mesh to the existing fence is best accomplished using self tapping metal screws placed every 8” on the top and bottom of the fence. Be sure to make sure that gaps on corners or against wall sections are smaller than 1/4". When joining pieces a 1" overlap is ideal if possible. Otherwise butt the two pieces up closely together to ensure that there is not a gap present.

Due to the increased movement, on gates place self tapping screws every 8” in all directions. Extra care must be taken around gates which will be opened on a regular basis. Many gates have a cement footer or curb already in place below the gate which provides a flush surface to secure. In these areas a plastic, metal or fiberglass strip (not included) should be fastened to the mesh to keep the metal from deforming. A door sweep (not included) can also be used to secure the bottom part of the gate. A gate without a flush surface below is nearly impossible to fully secure.


Our rattlesnake fencing is visible when you are close but quickly disappears as you move further away. (view the video above for a live view of how the mesh looks from various distances)

Rattlesnake Fencing at 5 Feet

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Rattlesnake Fencing at 10 Feet

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Rattlesnake Fencing at 15 Feet

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Rattlesnake Fencing at 20 Feet

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About Rattlesnakes and Rattlesnake Fencing

Many areas of the United States host a large population of rattlesnakes. Depending on where you live, there's a good chance you will never encounter rattlesnakes but if you live in areas like the southwest, chances are you've seen your fair share slithering around in open places or even in your backyard. The scariest thing about rattlesnakes is their venomous bite which if bitten you can either become seriously ill or in some cases, you could die if not treated right away. If you have kids or pets playing in the backyard, rattlesnakes can be a really bad situation. The good news, you can purchase rattlesnake fencing to solve the problem but the question is, does it work?

Rattlesnakes have been around since ancient times and are known for the rattling sound that's projected from the end of their tail if they feel threatened. These snakes prey on mice and rats but in turn are prey to humans, roadrunners, and kingsnakes. In general, they prefer to stay away from people but can show up in places where they are looking for food.

In this article, we will go over rattlesnakes and how you can recognize them. We will introduce you to rattlesnake fencing, what it is, and if this fencing really works or not. We will also discuss other alternatives for keeping rattlesnakes out of your yard and away from your back door.

Large Snake

Snake with Mouth Open

Desert Snake

Snake in Desert

Where Rattlesnakes Reside

Rattlesnakes are large venomous snakes found in North and South America. They are known for the rattling sound from the tip of their tails to ward off predators.

Rattlesnakes live in different habitats including grasslands, swamps, deserts, and forests. You can find large populations of rattlesnakes in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. Arizona has 14 different species which is more than any other state. Their preferred temperature range is between 80 and 90 °F.

Rattlesnakes are reptiles and because they are cold-blooded animals, they cannot regulate their body temperature like warm-blooded animals. Their life span is between 10 to 25 years.

Their main food sources are rodents and birds so in general, they stay away from ponds, streams, and wetlands.

Where Their Name Came From & How To Recognize Them?

The rattle at the end of their tail sends out a warning to stay away. The rattle is made up of a series of hollow, interlocked segments made of keratin which is created by modifying the scales that cover the tail tip.

Another prominent feature is the diamond pattern on their scales. The coloring is yellow to brown and darker and lighter bands form the diamond markings. Lastly, their heads are very wide at the base which is much wider than their necks.

Rattlesnake Fencing

Rattlesnake fencing is literally a barrier to keep these snakes, as well as any other snakes, from entering a specific area. The fence can be made from wood, steel, or mesh. As long as there are no holes or gaps in the fence, it will completely enclose the area and keep snakes from entering.

What Type Of Fence Is Needed To Keep Snakes Out?

You need a barrier to block rattlesnakes from getting into a specific area and make sure your walls cannot be climbed. Rattlesnakes can fit their bodies through very small spaces so you might want to look into fine mesh fencing as long as the mesh is fine and the snakes are not really small.

Keep in mind, that rattlesnakes are excellent climbers. They can climb rocky surfaces as well as trees. They cannot climb surfaces where they cannot gain any traction such as materials made of treated wood or steel. If mesh is not for you, consider treated wood or steel as alternative fencing.

Another form of fencing could be chain link but it will not keep rattlesnakes out. They will easily climb it and are small enough to slip right through.

Rattlesnake with Rattler Exposed

Rattlesnake in Desert

Does Rattlesnake Fencing Work?

If done properly, rattlesnake fencing is an excellent guard against rattlesnakes. To protect your home or business, this fencing is hugely popular in areas where rattlesnakes are high in population. Rattlesnake fencing could be the best choice if you have small children and/or pets. As long as the fencing is flush with the ground, there are no gaps and it's made of the right material, it should stop rattlesnakes from getting in.

Can Rattlesnakes Climb Fences?

Yes, rattlesnakes can climb certain kinds of fences but rattlesnake fencing is designed so rattlesnakes cannot climb it.  To ensure the fencing will work, it must be made of fine mesh, smooth wood, or steel.

What Size Mesh Will Stop Rattlesnakes From Getting In?

If you've decided that mesh fencing is a good choice, make sure you choose either galvanized wire or aluminum mesh Even though it's a little more expensive, these materials will hold up really well. The size of the holes in the mesh should not be any larger than  ¼ inch, anything larger, rattlesnakes will be able to get through.

Coiled up Snake in Park

Snake in Park

Other Alternatives To Keep Rattlesnakes Out Of Your Space

Rattlesnakes go where there is food so you should protect your property from these snakes by making sure no food is hanging around. This means clearing up any rodent infestations you may have. Make sure you do not have piles of wood or debris for rodents to live in. Remove all sources of food like seeds or bird feed that will attract rodents.

Once you have cleaned up your yard making it inhospitable to rodents, it's time to make it inhospitable to rattlesnakes. I'd steer clear of commercial snake repellents because they have never proven to work and will not repel rattlesnakes. Your best option is to keep your area clear up of any places where rattlesnakes can hide.

Should I Get Rattlesnake Fencing?

If you live in an area that is a high population area for rattlesnakes, rattlesnake fencing is a very good idea. Installing a rattlesnake fence properly or have someone do it for you will make all the difference in the world. If you have small children or pets you need to keep them safe, so purchase a rattlesnake fence. On the other hand, if you live in an area that is not known for rattlesnakes or you've never seen one, it is probably not worth the money for protecting against something that is just not there.

Arizona And Rattlesnakes

Statistics have shown that 36 identified species of rattlesnakes have been recorded in most states within the United States. In the state of Arizona, 14 species of these rattlesnakes have been recorded. That population is higher than any other state.

Rattlesnakes are venomous snakes and are only located in the Americas.  The rattling sound is made by sections of keratin, which is what fingernails are made of. These sections are spaced apart so when they shake the end of their tail, you will hear the rattling sound to ward off predators.

The List Of Rattlesnakes Found In Arizona

The species are the following:

Desert Massasauga Rattlesnake
Mohave Rattlesnake
Sidewinder Rattlesnake
Grand Canyon Rattlesnake
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Great Basin Rattlesnake
Tiger Rattlesnake
Prairie Rattlesnake
Northern Blacktail Rattlesnake
Arizona Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake
Speckled Rattlesnake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Twin-Spotted Rattlesnake
Banded Rock Rattlesnake

Pavement with Snake Crawling

Snake Moving on Pavement


Scientific Name:  Sistrurus catenatusedwardsii
Adult Length: 2 Feet

There are three subspecies of this rattlesnake. The eastern, western, and desert massasauga. The desert massasauga is the only one found in Arizona and is located in the Southeastern corner of the state.  These small rattlesnakes are light gray with brown blotches and are listed as protected in the state of Arizona.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus scutulatus
Adult Length: 3-5 Feet

The Mohave Rattlesnake ranges from medium to large in size. They inhabit much of the semi-desert grasslands and scrublands in Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico, West Texas, and some areas in Mexico. The snake is widely distributed within its range and is considered more dangerous than other species on our list due to the level of venom they produce and deliver in a bite.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus cerastes
Adult Length: 18-36-inches

This snake is most commonly found in the Sonoran Desert region of Arizona along with the southwest and central areas of the state. Some of the snakes are found in the Mohave Desert to the west and northwest.

Sidewinders are medium-sized snakes with thick bodies and are also known as horned rattlesnakes. No one really knows why they have horns above their eyes but believe this feature helps the specie survive in the desert. In comparison to other rattlers, the level of the sidewinder's venom is considered moderate or weak. It's believed the sidewinder has the least effective venom of any species of rattlesnake.

Younger Snake

Young Snake on Leaves


Scientific Name:  Crotalus oreganus abyssus
Adult Length: 2-5 Feet

The Grand Canyon Rattlesnake is only located in the Grand Canyon in central and Northwestern Arizona while some have been located in extreme southern Utah. They can grow to 5 feet in length in some cases, making this a very large snake. They are also referred to as Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnakes due to their light coloring. Their habitat includes grasslands, scrublands, great basis desert, and the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Sidewinders are medium-sized snakes with thick bodies and are also known as horned rattlesnakes. No one really knows why they have horns above their eyes but believe this feature helps the specie survive in the desert. In comparison to other rattlers, the level of the sidewinder's venom is considered moderate or weak. It's believed the sidewinder has the least effective venom of any species of rattlesnake.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus cerberus
Adult Length: 2-4 Feet

The Arizona Black Rattlesnake is only found in central Arizona and areas of extreme western New Mexico. They are almost totally black but do have light rings along the length of their bodies. At 4 feet in length, they are not the largest rattlesnake in Arizona, but they can be formidable. They can deliver very powerful venom in one bite so its a good idea to away from them.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus lutosus
Adult Length: 2-4 Feet

This rattlesnake is common in the northern states like Nevada, California, Utah, and the Pacific Northwest. This medium-sized rattler can also be found in Northwest Arizona. Like other rattlesnakes, the Great Basin Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous which means they give birth to live young. You can find them on rocky hillsides, deserts, or grassy plains.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus tigris
Adult Length: 18-36-inches

The Tiger Rattlesnake is one of the smallest rattlesnakes in the United States and Arizona. They are mostly located in areas of Central Arizona and south into Mexico while some can be found in Southwestern New Mexico. Because they are small, they do not deliver as much venom in a bite as something like the diamondback. That said, a Tiger Rattlesnake's venom is the third most toxic snake venom in the Western Hemisphere.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus molossus
Adult Length: 2-4 Feet

The Northern Blacktail Rattlesnake is commonplace throughout Arizona, east into Texas, and south into Mexico. These snakes are not commonplace in northeastern areas of the state. Blacktail rattlesnakes live in grasslands, deserts, and rocky areas. Their venom is about 2/3 the strength of the western diamondback's bite and therefore unlikely to be fatal.The Blacktail Rattlesnake has different color patterns such as:
• Olive gray
• Greenish-yellow
• Yellow to reddish-brown and black.

Rattlesnake ready to strike

Rattlesnake about to Attack


Scientific Name: Crotalus viridis
Adult Length: 3-4 Feet

Prairie Rattlesnakes are medium in size and are sometimes referred to as western rattlesnakes or great plains rattlesnakes. The Hopi rattlesnake is a subspecies of the prairie rattlesnake found in Northeastern Arizona. The Hopi rattlesnake got its name from the Hopi Native Americans who lived in the Northeastern corner of Arizona for hundreds of years. The Hopi rattlesnake is a part of the Hopi culture and was used in rain dances.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus willardi
Adult Length: 18-30-inches

The Arizona Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake is a very small snake only growing to 2-feet as an adult. This species has been the state reptile of Arizona since 1986. They are only found in small areas south of Tucson close to the Mexican border.

There are 5 subspecies of ridge-nosed rattlesnakes and all have the prominent ridges running along the sides of their noses. The New Mexico ridge-nosed rattlesnake is the only one that is endangered. The subspecies are the most recently discovered types of rattlesnakes.

Snake going into hiding

Snake in Marshy Area


Scientific Name:  Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus
Adult Length: 24-30-inches

The Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnakes are small and found in some western U.S. states but mostly in Western Arizona.  They are found on rocky hillsides and canyons. Their food source consists of birds, reptiles, and mammals. There have been very few reports of bites and no deaths. Because they are venomous vipers,  you should give them a lot of space if you run across one.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus atrox
Adult Length: 4-6 Feet

This rattlesnake is the largest in the state of Arizona. They can reach up to 6 feet or more in some cases. They are widespread and not particular about their habitats. You will find them in deserts, forests, rocky hillsides, and plains. As large as they are, their venom level is actually lower than other rattlers. However, being the size they are, they can deliver very high doses of venom making them extremely dangerous.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus pricei
Adult Length: 18-24-inches

The Twin-spotted Rattlesnake has 2 subspecies, Eastern and Western. The Western Twin-spotted Rattlesnake is found in Arizona and southern Mexico. The Eastern subspecies are only found in southeastern Mexico. Overall, they have a limited range and the Western Twin-spotted Rattlesnake has an extremely limited range in Arizona.  The good news, they are not listed as endangered.


Scientific Name:  Crotalus lepidus klauberi
Adult Length: 18-30-inches

Only found in the southeastern corner of Arizona, the Banded Rock Rattlesnake is a subspecies of the Rock Rattlesnake. This subspecies has found its way into the exotic pet trade business due to its very docile, non-aggressive nature. You will see them on display at zoos and other wildlife places. Rock Rattlesnakes rely on camouflage for their protection and will avoid using their rattle unless threatened or provoked.


This list of rattlesnakes in Arizona is the most noted to date. Even though they prefer not to interact with people if you live in Arizona or another state that is known for its rattlesnake population, this might be a good time to seriously consider installing a rattlesnake fence.