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How to get rid of


Rattlesnakes. Also known as pit vipers. They get their name from a rattle the rattlesnake has on the end of its tail.

When it is upset because you bothered it, the snake sets up to bite you, and rattles its rattles. That activity is a fair warning to you that the bite is about to happen.

The only time the rattle does not make any noise is after a rainstorm or other wetting activity that thoroughly soaks the rattle.

It devours small animals after his bite and his discharge of a nasty venom that paralyzes the animal. The it will only release the amount of venom needed unless it is a young snake who may let it all go which then delivers a deadly amount.


  • When you see the rattlesnake or any snake, let it move away. It will retreat if you give it the opportunity.
  • If it is striking you, it is too late. This snake will move faster than you can blink your eyes. Then it is time to treat the bite. Too bad you did not consider the advice below.
  • Trapping it is possible using glue sticky traps or other cage traps fabricated for that purpose.
  • Experienced snake catchers and pet owners use specialized grasping equipment that keeps the snake far away and safe from bite possibility.
  • They are a delicacy in some areas, but that is your choice after you catch one.
  • Roundup events occur regularly around the country. Rattlesnakes are caught, weighed and measured and then returned to the place they were caught. That tells you that these snakes can be handled safely if you know what you are doing.


  • Wear long pants; boots; heavy clothing.
  • Avoid sunny rocky ledges and stepping over fallen logs where a snake may be sunbathing.