Why Does a Rattlesnake Rattle Its Tail?

Answer The rattlesnake is classified as a pit viper under the taxonomic subfamily called Crotalinae. There are only two rattlesnake genera, Crotalus and Sistrurus, both of which contain many different spe... Read More »

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What is a rattlesnake's rattle made of& how is it used?

A rattlesnake's rattle is made of brittle material including a series of dried, hollow segments of skin. When shaken, these segments make a whirring sound. Rattlesnakes use their rattles to alert o... Read More »

Is a rattlesnake's rattle made of bones?

A rattlesnake's rattle is not made of bone, but rather of hard, dry skin. Each time a rattlesnake sheds its skin, a section of that dried skin is left behind on the end of the tail, forming the rat... Read More »

Does an Eastern cottonmouth rattle its tail?

Eastern cottonmouth snakes (Agkistrodon p. piscivorus) do not rattle their tails because their tails are not equipped with “rattles” like rattlesnakes are. Cottonmouths, also called water mocca... Read More »

How to Tell the Age of a Rattlesnake?

Despite common myths that you can tell the age of rattlesnakes by the number of segments on their rattles, there is no way to tell the exact age of a rattlesnake just by looking at it. The only acc... Read More »