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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.

Current as of: March 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Sean P. Bush MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine, Envenomation Specialist