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Rattlesnake


Photograph of a Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Source: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center

There are many different types of rattlesnakes in the world, and they vary widely in size and color. Rattlesnakes typically have rattles on the tip of the tail that produce the easily identified rattling sound.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerSean P. Bush, MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine, Envenomation Specialist
Last RevisedJune 6, 2012

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