Rattle SnakesDo you enjoy camping and hiking in the Southwestern US?
You should take a little time to get to know this creature - as you are spending time in this reptiles backyard.
Rattle snakes are most common out west - but can be found most anyplace!
There are sixteen kinds of rattlesnakes in North America plus a plethora of subspecies. Click on the name for information or photos of each species of snake.
Are you searching the grass for snakes yet? Checking for your snake bite kit? Thinking of canceling that desert camping trip?
Rattlesnakes deserve caution - but not the fear and loathing they generally get. With a few precautions and a bit of common sense you can safely hike in areas where rattlesnakes are common.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about 8,000 people a year receive venomous bites in the United States, and only 9 to 15 victims die.
25% of adult Rattlesnake bites are dry, with no venom injected.
Rattlesnakes can only strike a distance equal to 1/2 their own length
How to Prevent Rattlesnake BitesThe following tips should help keep you safe when travelling in snake country.
First AidThe American Red Cross reccomends you take the following steps: