Man Carefully Slices Rattlesnake Tail To Discover What’s Inside.
Nonetheless, it is not uncommon for them to attack humans for either getting too close or accidentally stepping on them.
Rattlesnake bites are not usually fatal to humans but are certainly dangerous and being closed to one should not be taken lightly. "The venom of most rattlesnake species is composed mainly of hemotoxins," Viernum reveals. "Symptoms include temporary and/or permanent tissue and muscle damage, loss of an extremity depending on the location of the bite, internal bleeding, and extreme pain around the injection area."
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The interlock segments in the rattle are made of keratin.
Snakes are not born with their full grown rattle but rather a "button."
Even without a rattle, baby snakes can still bite humans and cause harm.
Every time a snake sheds its skin a new segment is added to the rattle.
The segments do not represent the age of the rattle snake.
They are known to lose segments from injuries.
Which may explain why the rattle in this experiment easily broke off.
Father and son were still able to open up the segments from the rattle.
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