10 Things That I Admire About Rattlesnakes

When a rattlesnake does this, DO NOT MOVE.
When a rattlesnake does this, DO NOT MOVE.
Mysterious but beautiful
Mysterious but beautiful

WARNING: I am serious. This piece has images of rattlesnakes. If you have young children or even adults who have a phobia about reptiles, namely snakes, DO NOT allow this hub to see by them. Thank you. Kenneth

There is so much to say about rattlesnakes that I am challenged as to where to start. I mean, I do not want to start-off saying obvious things like: Rattlers are very dangerous. Everyone knows this, so that is why I am not using it as my lead.

I view rattlesnakes in this light: I do not bother them and I pray to God that they respect me in the same way. Simple as that. To me, "I" could not do anything more asinine than to provoke a rattler while he or she is making their way through the woods headed to their den. I am not anyone's judge, but this includes me stooping to pick this dangerous reptile up in my hands thereby disturbing its natural course and then suffering when it bites me.

Let this be a warning to  you to respect all rattlesnakes
Let this be a warning to you to respect all rattlesnakes | Source

Rattlesnake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus[1] of the subfamily Crotalinae ("pit vipers"). The 32 known species of rattlesnakes have between 65 and 70 subspecies,[2] all native to the Americas, ranging from southern Alberta and southern British Columbia in Canada to Central Argentina.
  • Rattlesnakes are predators that live in a wide array of habitats, hunting small animals such as birds and rodents. They kill their prey with a venomous bite, rather than by constricting. All rattlesnakes possess a set of fangs with which they inject large quantities of hemotoxic venom. The venom travels through the bloodstream, destroying tissue and causing swelling, internal bleeding, and intense pain. Some species, such as the tiger rattlesnake and the Mojave rattlesnake, additionally possess a neurotoxic component in their venom that causes paralysis and other nervous system symptoms.
  • The threat of envenomation, advertised by the loud shaking of the titular noisemaker ("rattle") at the end of their tails, deters many predators. However, rattlesnakes fall prey to hawks, weasels, king snakes, and a variety of other species. Rattlesnakes are heavily preyed upon as neonates, while they are still weak and mentally immature. Large numbers of rattlesnakes are killed by humans. Rattlesnake populations in many areas are severely threatened by habitat destruction, poaching, and extermination campaigns.
  • Rattlesnake bites are the leading cause of snakebite injuries in North America. However, rattlesnakes rarely bite unless provoked or threatened; if treated promptly, the bites are rarely fatal.

I am not arguing about snake-handling

To be as delicate as possible, if I have to prove my faith in God by cuddling a rattlesnake or copperhead in my hands, forget it. This one passage of Holy Scripture, "and thou shalt handle serpents and drink poison and not die," has been misused and misunderstood for years.

This act of worship carries with it, a severe and pointless argument. Simply stated. There are those who choose to handle snakes and drink poison to prove that their faith in God is true. Personally speaking and without judgment on anyone, if "I" have to perform this dangerous ritual, then God must be a sadist I could get the same results by proving my faith with a zesty game of Russian Roulette.

I am not starting an argument, so do not get upset at me. This is how I view the snake-handling thing.

I respect rattlesnakes

In fact, rattlesnakes will bite me you and I as a defense of its turf. The bite of a rattlesnake will cause your body internal harm, but not kill you according to some rattlesnake experts. I am not going to try to prove them wrong or right. I know my place and rattlesnakes know theirs. That's how I have thought of rattlesnakes over my 61 years of life. So far it has worked well for me.

I respect rattlesnakes. That doesn't mean I am going to ask them out on a date for dinner, dancing and a crawl in the moonlight. What I mean by "respect," is there is something admirable about how rattlesnakes carry themselves anywhere, anytime, without any friction given to them by sensible people. Even if a foolish person should try to catch or play with a rattlesnake, this highly-designed reptile will give the fool fair warning by coiling itself up and shaking the rattlers on the tip-end of its tail and if the fool will just stand still and not move, in time, the rattler will crawl away. But if the fool does something stupid, he or she will be talking to a local emergency room doctor soon thereafter.

Do not be a victim. Watch this video.

Timber rattler bites snake handler
Timber rattler bites snake handler
This lady did not fear the rattler
This lady did not fear the rattler
This guy was bitten in the hand by a rattlesnake
This guy was bitten in the hand by a rattlesnake
Central, Texas park ranger displays a record-size rattlesnake for the camera
Central, Texas park ranger displays a record-size rattlesnake for the camera
"The Gadsden Flag," used by the State of Virginia to warn anyone to not come messing around with their lands
"The Gadsden Flag," used by the State of Virginia to warn anyone to not come messing around with their lands
Snakes have always had an evil stigma
Snakes have always had an evil stigma
Indian snake charmer works with Cobra
Indian snake charmer works with Cobra

I told you that rattlesnake information was lengthy

I have three more positive things about rattlesnakes to share with you:

  • Rattlesnake skin is very expensive for it is used to make beautiful men and women's boots, men's cowboy hat bands and possibly other attractive items, but this statement IS NOT to be taken as my personal condoning of going out and catching every rattler in sight just to make some filthy lucre. Rattlesnakes serve a purpose in our eco-ststem just as the cobra who keeps gophers in check where rice farmers in India keep their rice stored. A fair trade-off is you ask me.
  • Venom from a rattlesnake when injected into a snake bite victim's body will prevent the poision in the victim's body from spreading and causing them more dreadful pain and suffering.
  • If you like, rattlesnakes can be eaten. If you like rattler meat. And yes, I know someone who has attended the Rattlesnake Round-up held each March in Opp, Alabama, sponsored by the JayCees. These guys have rattlesnake demonstrations (by experts) who teach us how to be smart if we encounter a rattlesnake. And these guys will take the rattlesnake, dress it and roll the fresh, no-calorie meat in a spicy blend of meal and buttermilk and fry it for those who love to eat it. My buddy says that the JayCees always make a lot of money from these events, but you won't catch me at one.

Shucks! My introduction is too long. I apologize. I wanted to talk briefly about rattlesnakes, but I failed. So here is my headline . . .

10 Things I Admire About The Rattlesnake

  • Rattlesnakes do not take crap off of any human being, much less another less-intelligent snake.
  • Rattlesnakes can crawl at ease wherever they please without being told to leave.
  • Rattlesnakes command instant-respect when we humans meet them in the woods or in the backyard.
  • Rattlesnakes are more-attractive than you average, "garden-variety" Water Moccasin.
  • Rattlesnakes only respect the King Cobra who is more poisonous than they are.
  • Rattlesnakes avoid the poison scorpion who dwells in the deserts for its poison is near-lethal also.
  • Rattlesnakes do not drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or weed, gamble, abuse their mates or children.
  • Rattlesnakes are masters at minding their own business.
  • Rattlesnakes will not tolerate a bully---human or beast.
  • Rattlesnakes help to keep our ecosystem in balance by ridding our earth of rats and gophers.

A "bonus" point about rattlesnakes that I admire . . .

  • No rattlesnake is ever named "Bruce."

No offense to "The Boss," and the E Street Band.

Ladies and gentlemen, a young Bill Carlisle

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Anna Haven 21 months ago from Scotland

Reptiles are my favourite type of animals, especially lizards. Good informative article and the bonus advantage was a nice touch. :) Although Bruce Dickinson is really pretty cool so he must be bucking your trend. :)


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Alphadogg16 21 months ago from Texas

Like Anna, Reptiles are also my favorite type of animals, I love snakes and have a pet Burmese Python. Rattlesnakes are beautiful as well, but I prefer a snake a can handle daily without concern for health. Thumbs up on your hub though. Voted up


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grand old lady 21 months ago from Philippines

When I saw your byline I knew this would be an altogether new and different take on rattlesnakes. You did not dissappoint:).


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no body 21 months ago from Rochester, New York

What if I were to tell you that I know a rattlesnake named Bruce. He walks and talks on two feet but he is a "rattlesnake." I have a board on Pinterest about snakes and I love the infinite variety of colors and expressions on their faces. Yes expressions. The pictures don't bite so from a safe distance of two or three feet from the picture I look and admire them. A beautiful creation of God. Also I remember as a kid getting on the ground and trying to wiggle forward like a snake and just wearing a hole in the lawn. Imitation is the best form of flattery but I was horrible at imitating them and snake have called for a boycott to me acting like them ever again. There is that matter of the restraining order where I am not supposed to go nearer than 20 feet to a snake but I figure it is a courteous distance to remain so I've obeyed that so far in my near 60 years alive on this planet. I loved your article and the pictures. I think I will share it on Pinterest. People may think it is funny and you may just get some extra readers. Voted up, funny and beautiful because they really are beautiful creatures. Bob.


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Pollyanna Jones 21 months ago from United Kingdom

This was a fun and informative read. I do like their attitude; back off or you're toast. I pity the fool that ignores that warning rattle!


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Angela Blair 21 months ago from Central Texas

Love this fun and interesting Hub -- hats off to you! Having lived in snake country (Texas) my entire life -- snakes have always been high on my "don't" list! Our Granny always told my brothers and I "Look out for snakes" every time she heard the screen door slam when we went outside. All three of us decided we'd have amounted to much more if we hadn't spent our entire childhood looking for snakes -- as directed! An interesting "aside" here -- Bull Snakes (which look somewhat like rattlers) are always honored by Texas ranchers as they kill rattlesnakes -- the Bull Snake is often found in hay barns, etc. -- and has caused some real panic on occasion as they get really large. I can testify to that personally. Another interesting fact -- contrary to pictures, popular opinion, etc. -- horses usually pay little attention to rattlers and most times just ignore them -- although keeping their distance -- if that horse has never been bitten, etc. Again -- great piece and I enjoyed it tremendously! Best/Sis


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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

The only rattlesnake I ever personally spotted in the wild was one on the road in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. I have seen other snakes and do keep my distance. I know that all snakes serve a good purpose but they need to be respected.


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vkwok 20 months ago from Hawaii

Interesting stuff about rattlesnakes, Kenneth.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

vkwok,

Thanks for your nice comment.

I respect rattlers a lot. I wish you and I had 23,000 hides from some big Diamondbacks--we would have a ton of money. Their skins are valuable. But I doubt that in Hawaii, there are many rattlesnakes, huh?

If there are, YOU be careful.

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