Have you ever met a rattlesnake

When does a rattlesnake strike?

Buddy, I'm so happy to know that you and your daughter are safe.

First, rattles are often found under rocks and tree trunks, especially when the temperature doesn't suit them. So teach your children and others about it.

Rattlesnakes are usually able to strike up to a distance of 1/3 to half their total length, although longer ranges are quite possible.

Let's answer the first few things first.

When you encounter a rascal, what should you behave, what should you do and what should you not do? Do you freeze and slowly go back? Are you turning and GTFO? Do you take cover

A snake sees (feels) you before you can see it. So rest assured that she knows you are around. That is why, in most cases, it starts to rattle. Note, however, that the rattling does not make any noise when wet. Needless to say, if you see a rattlesnake that has curled up and / or is rattling, it means that it is excited. Stay away leave it alone Wait for the line to leave the trail. Don't yell at it, it can't hear, it doesn't have external ears like us.
Don't make sudden movements, but slowly pull back. Although snakes do not see well, they have the Jacobson organ, an olfactory organ that enables it to process the chemical senses received by flipping the tongue. Vipers like her Pit Vipers are called have pits (looks similar to nostrils) to 1/1000 of the fraction of the change in o o C to capture . They usually perceive sudden movements as a threat. Diving for cover makes no sense.

When will it strike?

Rattlesnakes, more likely most viper snakes, wrap their bodies except for the front part of the body which is raised. The body is slightly arched than normal and they usually hum their rattle. There's another persistent and common myth that rattlesnakes always rattle before striking, which I disagree with. Plus, they don't always strike every time they rattle.
Short story: it cannot be predicted that way, it needs to be studied carefully. An experienced herpetologist may be able to predict better. So suppose it can bite anytime, so walk away slowly.

What to do if you are bitten

  • Keep calm and move past the snake's striking distance first.
  • Keep calm, panic will let the adrenaline come into the picture and the blood flow will increase which will only cause the poison to spread much faster.
  • Dial 911 (assuming you are in the United States) or any other emergency number you are authorized to call.
  • Remove jewelry and tight clothing before swelling.
  • If possible, position yourself so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.
  • Don't let anyone try to suck the venom out of the bite site. (I've heard cases of such a terrible thing, and the one who sucked also needed treatment when the venom in the victim's blood got into the teat's blood through tiny injuries in his gums / teeth.)
  • Try not to make cuts around the bite site as it will swell. It will swell no matter what.
  • Do not apply disinfectant or tourniquet.
  • Do not ingest anything like caffeine, alcohol, or pain relievers by mouth.

lonely boat

I thought the Jacobson organ was olfactory and not sensitive to temperature? Great answer either way ...


@loneboat: Clarification of the capture mechanisms in vipers. Thanks to the comment that Jacobson's organ is olfactory. I perceive it less as a smell than as a signature, but nevertheless, you rightly emphasized it. Many Thanks.