A friend once told me about a recurring nightmare he had. It involved him lying trapped in bed (think sleep paralysis) with snakes crawling all over him.
Terrifying. Completely terrifying. And then I stumbled upon this video and showed it to him, asking him “is this what your dream is like?”
He turned white as a ghost. Watch it below.
A Few Fun Facts About Rattlesnakes
Yes, they’re terrifying, but rattlesnakes are actually amazing creatures. Here are a few fun facts about this highly venomous snake.
- They’re found in North and South America
- Arizona has 13 species of rattlesnake (!!!)
- Rattlesnakes are the most evolved and newest snakes in the world
- In addition to rattling, they have a warning hiss that’s similar to a cat hissing
- They can range in size from one to eight feet
- The babies don’t have rattles, but they’re just as dangerous as their parent snakes
- Rattlesnake families sometimes use the same den for more than 100 years
- Babies are born live
- They give birth every two years, and about 10 baby rattlers are born
- As soon as the babies are born, mom slithers off and leaves them 🙁
- Rattlesnakes live for 10 to 25 years
- They mostly eat rodents and lizards
What Cause the “Rattle”
When it comes to rattlesnakes, you get fair warning to leave them the hell alone because they use their rattlers to make a distinctive noise when they hear other animals (including humans) approaching.
Seriously, they’re warning you. They don’t really want to attack you. When rattlesnakes start hissing and rattling, they’re afraid. They want you to leave. But what exactly causes the rattle?
According to Madison, Wisconsin based herpetologist Sara Viernum, the rattles are actually different segments of keratin at the end of the rattlesnake’s tail.
“Rattles are segments of keratin that fit loosely inside one another at the end of the snake’s tail,” she said. “These segments knock against each other to produce a buzzing sound when the snake holds its tail vertically and vibrates the rattle. Each time a rattlesnake sheds its skin it adds another segment to the rattle.”
Most scientists consider the rattles a sophisticated and highly evolved warning system.
How Do You Feel About Snakes?
How do you feel about snakes? Most people aren’t crazy about them, and some people are downright TERRIFIED of them, like my friend who has the nightmares. However, there are rare snake enthusiasts who enjoy handling them and keeping them as pets. There are even some folks who enjoy torturing these amazing creatures, which is just downright wrong.
I fall into category one, I guess. I’m not afraid of snakes in a phobic way, but I don’t want them in my life. Or my bathtub (yes that really happened, but it wasn’t a venomous snake).
However you feel about rattlesnakes, though, can we all agree that THIS video is completely terrifying?
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