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Whether you live in the backcountry or are just a visitor to the wilderness, understanding the dangers and habitats of rattlesnakes could save your life. Knowing how to avoid an encounter with these deadly predators will allow you to keep you and your family safe in the outdoors. Remember these simple facts when in the wild to help you identify the threat before it’s too late.

1.) Most poisonous snake species live near rocky and open areas. Rocks offer snakes cover from predators, plentiful prey (rodents, lizards, insects, etc.) and open basking areas.

2.) Rattlesnakes have heads shaped like an arrowhead. The head is typically larger than the neck.

3.) In Arizona, the most common species, the western diamondback, has black and white rings around the tail just above the rattles.

4.) The bigger the snake, the more venom they have. A defensive bite always contains more venom than a bite to obtain food.

5.) Baby rattlesnakes deliver less venom, but their venom is more toxic than an adult snake’s. Avoid these mini predators as their bites are especially lethal.



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