Rattlesnakes are venomous snakes of the genera Sistrurus and Crotalus within the subfamily Crotalinae. There are about 30 rattlesnake species, with many subspecies. Rattlesnakes have a tail rattle that creates a buzzing sound when threatened.

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Does a rattlesnake eat a jackrabbit?

A very hungry rattlesnake might eat a jackrabbit. But normally, they don't. They will usually attack mice, shrews, and other small mammals.

Are there rattlesnakes on Topsail Island?

Yes, check out the picture here October 4, 2010 Carolina Beach Today: Monster Sized Rattlesnake Found on Topsail Island

The pygmy rattlesnake may be found there.

The eastern diamondback is found on the NC coastal plain, where it is rare, and restricted to the southeastern corner of the state. The snake mentioned in the above photo was killed in Georgia.

Are rattlesnakes vipers?

Yes - they belong to the 'pit vipers' - in that, in addition to extremely toxic venom - they also possess heat sensitive 'pit's which enable them to hunt in complete darkness.

Edit - Viper venom varies by species, but most viper venom is lethal only to the young, old or those with weakened body systems(dehydration, sickness, etc.). Most viper venom is designed to break down the blood and tissue of the victim. The venom literally 'predigests' the victim's tissue, blood, and blood veins, starting once it has been introduced into the victim. Death is usually from low blood pressure due to venom weakening the blood vein and heart causing extensive bleeding(and low blood pressure). The venom causes extreme pain, which can trigger secondary health conditions of the victim, causing death. The larger the victim the more likely the chances of survival, most adult humans will survive being envenomed during a rattlesnake bite, unless the bite happens to be on or near a major artery, which could transfer enough venom into the heart to cause the heart to fail.

The results of being bitten are not pretty and healing from the venom results in deformed areas around the bite. Without proper treatment, a bite can cause sepsis or other problems that may require amputation. It is important to get treatment as soon as possible to prevent these problems, as well as getting anti-venom to reduce to effectiveness of the venom.

Vipers(and other snakes) do not always inject venom with every strike. It can take some snakes weeks to build up to a full venom sac, so they may not inject venom when striking non-prey animals or humans. Vipers can also control how much venom they inject if they choose, so not every bite will have venom - or even enough to kill the victim.There are reports of viper bites with very little venom injected - just enough to cause pain and allow the snake to escape the area.

What is the longest rattlesnake recorded?

19 foot

The record is an eastern diamondback, killed in NC in 1959, eight feet long.

Can a black snake mate with a rattlesnake?

no, they will just fight each other and if they mate the offspring will look weird like when a lion and tiger mate the offspring will be called liger.

No they cannot mate. No "weird offspring" are possible. By the way, there is no such thing as a "black snake." Do you mean a king snake, perhaps, or a black racer?

Can a rattlesnakes tail hurt you?

Nope - it's the fangs at the other end you need to worry about !

How do rattlesnakes hunt?

Rattlesnake usually hide in a secure location, under a plant, rock outcrop, log, etc. and wait for prey items to come to them. They have two heat-sensing pits near their nostrils that can sense the body heat from a nearby animal as well as a good sense of taste which can pick up the scent of animals, They also have good vision that can detect movement.

What do baby rattlesnakes eat?

Small lizards, small rodents, birds, bird eggs, but I would say rodents are the most commonly consumed of the list.

Where do eastern massasauga rattlesnakes live?

One rattled and coiled up while I was trying to view some wild turkeys along a trail just south of Bobcaygeon!

Eastern Massasaugas (Sistrurus c. catenatus) live East of the Mississippi, ranging from northern Missouri to southern New York and Wisconsin.

How should you treat a rattlesnake bite?

first thing you do is don't panic the more you use up energy the faster the poisn will kill you next you should call for any help

don't panic put pressure on the wound and get help.

Don't panic and walk slowly so you don't get your heart pumping and the venom will spread slower

  1. Don't know what kind of snake bit you? There are many varieties of snakes in the Phoenix area, some of which are venomous and some which are not. The most venomous snakes that are the most dangerous to your health in this area are the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and the Arizona Coral Snake (also known as the Sonoran Coralsnake).
  2. Look for symptoms. If the area of the bite begins to swell and change color, the snake was probably poisonous. For specific symptoms that may occur after being bitten by a snake, visit the About Health Care Center.
  3. Keep the bitten area still. You can immobilize the area with an improvised splint made from a board, magazines, or other stiff material tied to the limb. Don't tie it too tight---you don't want to reduce blood flow.
  4. Remove any jewelry or constricting items near the affected area in case of swelling.
  5. Keep the area of the area of the snake bite lower than the heart.
  6. Go to a hospital immediately. If you cannot get to a hospital, call the Arizona Poison Control and Drug Information Center at 1-800-362-0101 immediately.
  1. If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT use ice to cool the bite.
  2. If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT cut open the wound and try to suck out the venom.
  3. If bitten by a rattlesnake, DO NOT use a tourniquet. This will cut off blood flow and the limb may be lost.
  4. Avoid rattlesnakes altogether. If you see one, don't try to get closer to it or catch it.
  5. Keep your hands and feet away from areas where you cannot see, like between rocks or in tall grass where rattlesnakes like to rest.

Well, it depends really. like if you just got bitten the precautions are to look at the bite and if swelling/redness of the skin occur then the snake was probably poisonous. immidiatly take of any jewelry like watches or anything in the way. (take it off with your arm that has not been bitten) And also VERY IMMPORTANT keep the bitten area very still. make a improvised splint out of anything you have. like carboard or if you have some clothing and 2 sticks. so tie the improvised splint to the affected area. but not like super tight. because you don't want to slow down your blood flow. and then immediatly go to any nearby hospital.

1) Suction should be applied to the bite within seconds (a Venom Extractor)

2) Wash area

3) Apply tourniquet 2 to 4 inches above bite (between heart and bite).

4) Note the time of the bite and track the spread of venom (if possible)

This is basically rattlesnake poison that has been treat with an anti toxic to make it an anti venom and depending on how bad the bite or how big the snake and how long it takes you to get to the emergency room depends on how much you will get. Rattle snakes when they bite dont always release venom, if they know that they cannot bring something down and eat it they wont inject venom. When they do inject venom in to a human it is because they are scared or worried. Also a good thing to know is that baby rattle snakes and more dangerous then adults as the babys do not know how to control the flow of venom and will continue to inject venom until they are either taken off of let go themselves.
Call 911 , don't put ice or anyting on it, don't attempt to remove poison. Just wait, and keep wound BELOW the heart to prevent the spreading of poison due to blood flow.
Go to a hospital.
You treat it with antivenom.
Get Help.

What kind of areas do rattlesnakes live in?

They live in southern California, part of northern California, and Mexico. All these places are hot or humid.

Desert or scrubland areas, rocky areas, forested areas, etc. Their habitat and range tends to vary based on the area of the Americas the snake is native to.

Rattlesnakes of one species or another are found over much of the US, Mexico, and Central America. Some live in western deserts and mountains, others, like the eastern diamondback are snakes of the southeastern coastal plain. The timber rattlesnake (or canebrake rattler) is found over a large section of the eastern and midwestern US, found in mountainous regions and swamplands, coastal pine forests.

Do rattlesnakes live in south Africa?

Rattlesnakes are a North and South American type of pit viper.

Where is the habitat of the rattlesnake?

In the desert,plains , Forests, Backwater wetlands, Highland Mountains even can be found in cedar Trees.

Rattlesnakes are a Diverse Animals with Many Habitats and diverse homes.

They are found in almost every state in the USA.

There are 32 species.
Rattlesnakes are native to the Americas. They can be found from Southwestern Canada in North America to the Central Argentina in South America. They can be found in almost every type of habitat that can be found in these areas. The habitats include Prairies, Marshes, Deserts and Forests. They prefer open rocky areas where they can hide from large predators and identify plentiful prey like rodents, lizards etc that live amidst the rocks.
Pine flat woods, open woods, desert, swamps.

How venomous is a southern Pacific rattlesnake?

This particular snake is highly venomous. The venom spread quickly, so if bitten remain calm and get to the nearest ER as soon as possible.

How do you get rid of rattlesnakes?

you can't get rid of any snakes. Yes you certainly Can!!!!!!!!! Go to - This stuff works I have not had one in my yard since I put it up and I have trapped over twenty!

What kind sounds does a rattlesnake make?

They have like a music rattler type. It sounds like a baby toy,but not as peaceful.

No... not really a baby toy. I heard one for the fifth or sixth time today. Imagine the sound a slinky makes when quickly pushed together, but much more stacatto and very, very, very loud and in very quick succession

Can rattlesnakes smell their prey?

Yes. Not only can they smell their prey but they can smell the direction of their prey. Each time the snake flicks its forked tongue out, it gathers scent molecules. The ends of the tongue deposit the molecules in the two pits of the Jacobson organ. Whichever side is registering a stronger concentration is the side on which the prey is located.

What is the average length of a rattlesnake?

That depends on the species. Some, such as the pygmy rattlesnakes, can grow to almost 2 feet in length while an eastern diamondback may exceed 10 feet as an adult. Most rattlers average between 2-5 feet.

Does a snake shed its skin during the day or night?

Both. A snake sheds when its body decides it's time to remove the old skin.

How do snakes make poison?

Snake venom is modified saliva - it is produced by the snakes body and stored in the venom glands in the upper jaw.

How do diamond back rattlesnakes raise it's babies?

Snakes do not "raise" their young ones. They are fully capable at birth of caring for themselves. In the case of rattlers, young ones can bite and are venomous.

Where do rattlesnakes live?

I would say, usually in hot places like in the south. Most live in deserts. If you ever see one that looks like a rattle snake do not touch it.

Rattlesnakes can live in almost any environment from about 9000 ft. in elevation down to sea level (and below in certain valleys).

Rattlesnakes are found throughout most of the contiguous United States, southern Canada, Central and South America and many Caribbean islands. They can survive in most terrestrial habitats, including deserts, forests, and wetlands.
In North America.
In Dry Places Like Deserts
mostly in deserts?