The rattlesnake is one of the most iconic types of snake in North America because of its distinctive rattle at the end of its tail. There are several species of rattlesnake ranging from 1 foot in size to over 8 feet.
Rattlesnakes have the ability to detect the heat their prey gives off using heat sensing pits in their eyes. This allows them to detect exactly where to strike prey, even in the dark. They are most known for using their rattlers to warn predators that they intend to strike.
Found in almost every part of the United States, these reptiles live in a variety of habitats including forests, grasslands, swamps, and deserts. When their surroundings are in the winter months, they will seek shelter in dens together and form balls with their bodies. Rattlesnakes can live anywhere from 10 to 25 years.
Most rattlesnakes are poisonous and can control the amount of venom they release into their prey. In some cases, baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous because they can’t control the amount of venom they inject.
Rattlesnakes aren’t known to make it a point to attack humans. Like most species of snake, they will choose to escape before attacking. They make their presence known when they feel threatened by using their recognizable rattler and can only attack from a coiled position. In general, their bites can be extremely harmful and you should seek medical treatment immediately, if bitten. If you come across one, it’s best to stay as far away as possible. They will only attack as a last resort, when fleeing isn’t an option.
On the occasion that a rattlesnake ends up if your house is usually because they were following some prey like a mouse, or rat inside. Your garage or porch would be a place you’d find them. Though rattlesnakes don’t cause structural damage, there is always the risk of being bitten. If you find one in your home, stay as far away as possible and contact your local pest management professional. Catseye Pest Control has the proper tools and experience to remove the rattlesnake without causing harm to you or it.
Types of Rattlesnakes
Rattlesnakes are most easily identified when you hear their rattle or hiss. Rattlesnakes, no matter which species are also distinguished by their flattened, triangular heads. The longer the rattler, the older the snake is as each time they shed their skin, another ring is added to its tail. Rattlesnakes also have vertical cat-like eyes.
There are 32 known species of rattlesnake that are native to the Americas. Some common species in the United states include the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the pygmy rattlesnake and the timber rattlesnake.
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Meet the most dangerous snake in North America. Though its fangs, which can reach 3⁄4 inches in length, are capable of penetrating a thick-toed boot, these snakes are known to be unaggressive. They are the largest species of rattlesnake, so usually their sure size gives away their identity. They also have a unique diamond pattern that runs down their yellowish-brown colored bodies.
Rattlesnakes In The Garden & The House
Rattlesnakes love to sun themselves and you might find them around your yard or driveway. They’ll seek shelter under rocks and in bushes, so if you hear their rattle or hiss noise, just walk away. If a rattlesnake ends up in your home, it’s by chance. Make sure to call a professional immediately, as most rattlesnake species are venomous.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are rattlesnakes poisonous?
Yes, rattlesnakes are one of the four species of poisonous snake in the United States. Though their bites can be fatal, there’s a greater chance of dying from a wasp or bee sting. Regardless, you should seek medical attention if bitten, immediately. Rattlesnake bites can be very painful and can cause permanent tissue damage in some cases.
Benefits of Professional Rattlesnake Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a rattlesnake problem. Finding and treating the rattlesnakes can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the rattlesnake infestation.