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Rattlesnakes are part of Fallbrook's rural landscape - Be prepared; know what to do if someone is bitten


Last updated 11/15/2012 at Noon

Brent Itzaina holds a live rattlesnake in a pole

More and more people are coming in contact with rattlesnakes because we humans have moved into their backyards out in the countryside.

In the United States there are four main types of venomous snakes, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, copperheads and coral snakes. There are over 30 species of rattlesnakes with a great number of subspecies.

The rattle located at the end of their tails is part of the snakes’ warning device. The snake shakes its tail when threatened, making a very distinctive rattling sound. A rattlesnake will form a new rattle every time is sheds its skin which can be up to...

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