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  Rattlesnake - MSN Encarta
Rattlesnake, also called rattler, any of 30 species of venomous snakes characterized by a horny rattle at the tip of the tail, which is shaken vigorously to warn off intruders.
Rattlesnakes are members of a larger family of poisonous snakes called pit vipers.
Rattlesnakes are born with a small rattle called a prebutton, which is shed a few days after birth and replaced with the first rattle segment, called a button.
encarta.msn.com /encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761562074   (1088 words)

 Rattlesnake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rattlesnakes feed on rodents and other small animals, subduing their prey by striking them quickly with a venomous bite as opposed to constricting.
Some speculate that rattlesnakes that use their rattles around humans are often killed and natural selection may favor rattlesnakes that do not give advance warning.
Rattlesnakes are born with fully functioning fangs capable of injecting venom and can regulate the amount of venom they inject when biting.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rattlesnake   (1508 words)

 Rattlesnake Roundup   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Four species commonly found in roundups are the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the western diamondback rattlesnake, the timber rattlesnake, and the western or prairie rattlesnake.
The western diamondback rattlesnake, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, and the western or prairie rattlesnake are not protected anywhere in their ranges, nor are they protected by any federal or international laws.
Rattlesnakes at roundups are typically killed under unhygienic conditions, and their meat, often improperly prepared, may be contaminated with salmonella or other bacteria.
www.reptileforums.com /articles/rattle_snake_roundup1.htm   (733 words)

 Prairie Rattlesnake
The pupil or the fl portion of a rattlesnake's eye is elliptical, not round as with the nonvenomous snakes such as the racer.
Rattlesnakes have a number replacement fangs, in various stages of growth, in the tissue behind the maxillary bones.
Rattlesnakes are born with a rattle segment called a prebutton, at the tip of their tail.
www.sdsnake.com /Rat.htm   (3940 words)

 Timber Rattlesnake
With their large, recurved fangs (capable of injecting a fairly large amount of venom), wide pre-colonial distribution, and their trademark tail appendage, rattlesnakes were viewed with awe, fascination, and loathing; typically a combination of all three emotions.
Rattlesnakes are distinct in having a specialized structure at the end of their tail (the rattle) that consists of loosely connected, cornified segments that produce a buzzing sound when the tail is vibrated.
Currently, many populations of timber rattlesnakes survive in isolated, forested mountain areas that are continually isolated from even the nearest populations by habitat fragmentation caused by highways, housing and industrial developments, off-road vehicle traffic, and other factors.
www.bio.umass.edu /biology/conn.river/rattlesn.html   (1616 words)

 Rattlesnakes (DesertUSA)
The Pacific Rattlesnake is found throughout a variety of places in the California, from sea level on the Pacific Ocean, the inland prairies and desert areas, to the mountains at elevations of more than 10,000 feet.
Rattlesnakes eat lizards and small rodents such as ground squirrels, small rabbits, rats and mice, striking rather than attempting to hold their prey.
Most rattlesnakes, when disturbed, normally try to withdraw But if they think they are cornered, the explosive sizzling buzz of their rattles is an unmistakable warning to retreat and is a sound that will long be remembered.
www.desertusa.com /may96/du_rattle.html   (963 words)

 Timber Rattlesnake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The timber rattlesnake is a heavy-bodied snake with a broad head that is distinct from its narrow neck.
Rattlesnakes can control the injection of venom when biting; up to 60% of all poisonous snake bites to humans are "dry," containing no venom.
The rattlesnake bounty ended in 1975 in Wisconsin, due primarily to the declining populations of the snake.
www.dnr.state.wi.us /org/land/er/factsheets/herps/timber.htm   (1819 words)

 rattlesnake - HighBeam Encyclopedia
RATTLESNAKE [rattlesnake] poisonous New World snake of the pit viper family, distinguished by a rattle at the end of the tail.
Reproduction in the Speckled Rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii (Serpentes: Viperidae).
Arboreal behavior in the timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, in eastern Texas.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-rattlesn.html   (569 words)

 WildWNC.org : Animals : TIMBER RATTLESNAKE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Rattlesnakes are members of the Pit Viper family, which includes all the venomous snakes found in North America with the exception of the Coral Snake.
Rattlesnakes often congregate near the den opening, sunning on the warm rocks by day and then crawling inside for protection as the temperature falls at night.
Rattlesnakes may wait quietly in a likely spot and ambush their prey when it happens along or they may actively hunt their prey by investigating underground burrows, crevices, and other similar locations.
wildwnc.org /af/timberrattlesnake.html   (1100 words)

While other areas have larger rattlesnakes, the Sonoran Desert region is blessed (no, that isn’t a misprint) with more species of rattlesnakes than is any other region in the world—and many of them will bite large beasts like us if we are perceived to be a threat.
When rattlesnakes strike, the fangs are rotated by muscular contraction to an erect position, somewhat perpendicular to the jaw line.
Even at birth, rattlesnakes have the first segment of a rattle, which is called a “prebutton.”The prebutton is lost the first time the snake sheds its skin and is replaced by a button.
www.desertmuseum.org /books/rattlesnakes.html   (1153 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Rattlesnake
Rattlesnakes all come from the Western Hemisphere (mainly North America) and are considered to be the newest or most recently evolved snakes in the world.
While rattlesnakes locally may be found from the coast to the desert, each species varies in color and behavior with their habitat.
At dusk, a hungry rattlesnake may begin to move and look for a good spot to ambush a mouse, rat, ground squirrel, or rabbit, its main prey items.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-rattlesnake.html   (1379 words)

 Rattlesnake Roundups
The timber rattlesnake is listed as endangered or threatened in several states, but no federal or international laws currently protect this species.
Most rattlesnakes in roundups are driven out of their dens with gasoline, then stored without water or food in unhygienic conditions, and crammed tightly into containers for transport to and display at roundup events.
Rattlesnake collection methods are highly destructive to the habitats of rattlesnakes and other burrow dwellers such as gopher tortoises, indigo snakes, box turtles, coachwhip snakes, pine snakes, southern toads, and gopher frogs, along with burrowing owls, raccoons, opossums, and at least 32 species of invertebrates.
www.hsus.org /ace/12057   (772 words)

 CPCS: Rattlesnake Bites   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Rattlesnake bites cause damage by destroying the tissue at the bite and causing blood clotting problems.
A rattlesnake may strike without injecting venom, inflicting what is called a "dry bite." Even though the victim is not poisoned, the painful bite can still become infected.
If a rattlesnake injects venom into the wound, a variety of symptoms develop: swelling, pain, bleeding at the site, nausea, vomiting, sweating, chills, dizziness, weakness, numbness or tingling of the mouth or tongue, and changes in the heart rate and blood pressure.
www.calpoison.org /public/snakebite.html   (1239 words)

 Animal Life in the Yosemite (Reptiles)
The Pacific Rattlesnake is the only poisonous animal to be found among the vertebrates in the Yosemite section, and the experience of the great numbers of visitors to the region has shown that there is little real danger from even this animal.
The head of the rattlesnake shows other distinctive features: the upper surface is devoid of large plates, being covered with small scales; there is a distinct pit between the nostril and the eye; and the pupil of the eye is vertically elliptical.
The temperament of the rattlesnake is quite different from that of the racers, and reflects in a way the differences in form between the two types.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/grinnell/reptiles15.htm   (2211 words)

 Timber Rattlesnake Fact Sheet
Timber rattlesnakes are active from late April until mid-October, although in northern New York they may not emerge until mid-May. Upon emerging from the den, they are very lethargic.
Timber rattlesnakes are generally found in deciduous forests in rugged terrain.
Although still fairly common in some local areas, the timber rattlesnake has been extirpated or greatly reduced in numbers in most areas where it was once numerous due to unregulated collection and indiscriminate killing.
www.dec.state.ny.us /website/dfwmr/wildlife/endspec/tirafs.html   (1020 words)

Rattlesnakes, before striking, are typically coiled except for the forward part of the body which is raised and the rattle which is buzzing.
Rattlesnakes typically strike up to a distance equal to 1/3 to 1/2 of their overall length, although longer reaches are theoretically possible.
Rattlesnakes are generally defensive around larger animals, so unless extremely angered, they will generally choose to leave once they feel it is safe to do so.
www.whmentors.org /saf/snakes.html   (1939 words)

 Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
One of the larger species of rattlesnake common to the arid Southwest United States.
They are largely defensive and tend to stand their ground if provoked.A rattlesnake is classified as having hemotoxic venom that attacks the blood system of its prey.
Rattlesnakes have a wide range of color variations with emphasis on gray, tan, and fl with sometimes a strong yellowish, reddish, or greenish tone.
www.wf.net /~snake/rattlesn.htm   (317 words)

 Rattlesnakes (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.virginia.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Rattlesnakes shed their skin several times a year, and each time their rattle gets bigger.
Rattlesnakes use their rattle as a warning to others to stay away.
The eastern diamondback is the largest rattler, and the ridge-nosed rattlesnake is the smallest.
worldkids.net.cob-web.org:8888 /critters/reptiles/rattle.htm   (759 words)

 Crotalus oreganus helleri - Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Rattlesnakes are important members of the natural community.
Found in California from Santa Barbara County, where it intergrades with the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, east to the central valley and the desert slopes of the transverse and peninsular ranges, south into the middle of the Baja California peninsula.
The taxonomy of Western Rattlesnakes is controversial and still being studied.
www.californiaherps.com /snakes/pages/c.o.helleri.html   (686 words)

 NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - Timber Rattlesnake Conservation
Rattlesnakes have a low reproductive potential because females reach maturity at a late age, they usually reproduce only once every three to four years, and they have small litters.
Rattlesnakes will be captured opportunistically by ENSP biologists based on snake reports by homeowners or other field workers.
Keep in mind that ENSP biologists are hoping to incorporate any rattlesnakes you report into their study so it is important that you notify them immediately if you see a snake.
www.state.nj.us /dep/fgw/ensp/tmbratlr.htm   (679 words)

 Timber Rattlesnake
During the birth of our nation it was not the bald eagle but the timber rattlesnake which served as the symbol of our country.
The normal range of the timber rattlesnake is two miles from the den.
Without predators like the rattlesnakes, the world would soon be overrun with crop-eating, disease-carrying rodents such as mice and rats.
www.fishkillridge.org /wildlife/rattlesnake.htm   (710 words)

 Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: Aruba Island Rattlesnake
The Aruba Island rattlesnake, also called the Arubian cascabel, is one of the rarest rattlesnakes in the world.
Rattlesnakes probably evolved their rattle in North America, where there are the most kinds of rattlers, as a way of warning large hoofed animals not to step on them.
A crested rattlesnake is often depicted with a masked shaman on Mexican pottery and figurines.
www.jaxzoo.org /animals/biofacts/ArubaIslandRattlesnake.asp   (987 words)

Rattlesnake Racing is a promotions company geared toward extreme eco-tourism via adventure races, outdoor recreation, fitness, diversification of ranchland, and promotions of state parks.
Rattlesnake Racing is an organization formed to further the success of adventure racing and outdoor sports.
Rattlesnake Racing has access to L and N South Paint Creek Cattle Ranch, several sections of beautiful and scenic West Texas in the area of Texas known as The Big Country.
www.rattlesnakeracing.com   (229 words)

 Rattlesnake bite definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms
Rattlesnake bite: A poisonous bite by a member of the pit viper family.
Rattlesnakes are the main cause of death from snake bites in the United States.
Hospital treatment of rattlesnake bites is with antivenom and care for the puncture wound itself and for any complications such as respiratory distress.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=5225   (178 words)

 Rattlesnake - Picture and Sound Clip - MSN Encarta
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Rattlesnakes are members of the pit viper family.
Rattlesnakes have a rattlelike structure at the tip of their tail, which is shaken when the snake is threatened or about to strike.
encarta.msn.com /media_461556296_761578341_-1_1/Rattlesnake.html   (83 words)

 Rattlesnake Jakes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Rattlesnake was reported to be a slim man, about 5'10" tall with dark brown hair flowing over his shoulders.
The day following the shooting, Rattlesnake Jake and his partner were furnished a pine box for their burial, but before planting them six feet under, they were photographed as a souvenir of a "red letter day" in the history of Lewiston.
Within weeks of the death of Rattlesnake Jake, seven horse thieves and outlaws were killed within a 60 mile radius of the town.
www.rattlesnakejakes.com   (441 words)

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