Yes, rattlesnakes do have live birth. However, the baby snakes are actually first grown in eggs inside the mother for about 90 days. So when baby rattlesnakes are born, their eggs must hatch inside the mother before the babies come out of the mother live. This is called ovoviviparous reproduction.
Snakes fall into three categories in regards to birthing: oviparous, viviparous, and ovoviviparous. Most snakes are oviparous, which means they lay eggs. They typically lay 2-16 eggs at a time, but some species lay 50 or 100 eggs. Other snakes give birth to live young (viviparous). An example is a boa constrictor. Others have eggs that hatch inside the body so it appears they give birth to live young (ovoviviparous). Rattlesnakes are an example of an ovoviviparous snake.
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