A rattlesnake is probably one of the last things you want to find when you go to use the toilet! The Texas family featured in this CBSN news clip got the fright of their lives when they found a rattlesnake in the pan of their toilet – but there was worse to come. When they called in a snake removal company, it turned out that there were another 23 rattlesnakes where that one had come from! The snakes were sheltering in a huddle in the basement beneath the house. That is a lot of rattlesnakes to cope with!
Rattlesnakes’ Habitat and Behavior
Rattlesnakes are found in Central, South, and North America and are one of the most dangerous snakes on the planet. They are a member of the pit viper group and are highly recognizable thanks to the rattle at the end of their tails. This is actually a series of hollow keratin chambers that knock together to make the rattle sound. They can cope with a variety of habitats including dry, desert sands and grassy areas. They can live in habitats at 11,000 feet above sea level and they like rocky hills, meadows, and swamplands. Rattlesnakes hang out in rocky crevices and dens. Experts have discovered that generations of snakes can use the same den meaning that a single family occupies it for over 100 years. Some other rattlesnakes, however, spend most of their time high up in trees.
Why You Don’t Want a Rattlesnake in Your Toilet
Rattlesnakes have hinged fangs through which they deliver a powerful venom that stops blood clotting and destroys cells. This venom is capable of killing a human if they do not receive anti-venom in time.
Even though rattlesnakes avoid human contact if they can, they can be aggressive if they are disturbed. Their rattle is a warning and it is advisable to heed that warning! Also, when they feel threatened, they coil into a tight circle and raise their head. This means that they are getting ready to strike – and they can reach a target that is one-third of their body’s length away. When you consider that some species of rattlesnake can reach up to eight feet in length, it is easy to see why you should keep your distance and call in the experts!
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