Rattlesnakes. Also known as pit vipers. Rattlesnakes get their name from a rattle the rattlesnake has on the end of its tail.
When the rattlesnake is upset because you bothered it, the snake sets up to bite you, and rattles its rattles. That activity is fair warning to you that the bite is about to happen.
The only time the rattle does not make any noise is after a rainstorm or other wetting activity that thoroughly soaks the rattle.
The rattlesnake devours small animals following the bite and his discharge of a nasty venom that paralyzes the animal. The rattlesnake will only release the amount of venom needed unless it is a young snake who may let it all go which then delivers a deadly amount.
HOW TO GET RID OF A RATTLESNAKE:
- When you see the rattlesnake or any snake, let the rattlesnake move away. It will retreat if you give it the opportunity.
- If the rattlesnake is striking you, it is too late. The rattlesnake will move faster than you can blink your eyes. Then it is time to treat the bite if you were not following the advice below.
- Trapping a rattlesnake is possible using glue sticky traps or other cage traps fabricated for that purpose.
- Experienced snake catchers and rattlesnake pet owners use specialized grasping equipment that keeps the snake far away and safe from the rattlesnake bite possibility.
- Rattlesnakes are a delicacy in some areas, but that is your choice after you catch one.
- Rattlesnakes roundups occur regularly around the country. Rattlesnakes are caught, weighed and measured and then returned to the place they were caught. That tells you that Rattlesnakes can be handled safely if you know what you are doing.
HOW TO PREVENT A RATTLESNAKE BITE FROM INJURING YOU:
- Long pants; boots; heavy clothing.
- Avoid sunny rocky ledges; stepping over fallen logs; anywhere where a rattlesnake may be sunbathing.