5 Things You May Not Know About Rattlesnakes [VIDEO]
I agree with Jim Stafford and his 1973 hit, ‘I don’t like spiders and snakes,’ but this is Texas and we have our share of both. So, why on Heaven’s green earth would I even want to write about snakes?
Well, I do find them interesting, but like my other fascination, Sharks, I wouldn’t want to be around one.
Since ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ why does it come as no surprise that we have more species and subspecies of snakes than any other state. Over the more than 100 types of snakes that we share The Lone Star State with only 16 are poisonous, including; water moccasins, coral, copperheads and probably the most ‘famous,’ the rattlesnake.
So, here are 5 things you may not know about ‘The Rattler.’
The rattlesnake hunts alone, but has been known to live in groups of up to 300.
Rattlers are not immune to their own venom. They actually can bite themselves and die from their own venom.
Rattlesnakes can’t hear the sound of their own rattle.
When striking, a rattlesnake can lift its head 20 inches off the ground.
Around 25 percent of their bites are ‘dry,’ meaning that they contain no poison.
Bonus Fact: Unlike the adult rattler, a baby (or juvenile) snake can not regulate the amount of venom in their bite.
Here are some more facts and safety tips from Texas Parks & Wildlife.
You can always check out National Geographic to learn more about are neighbor, the rattlesnake.