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What Rattlesnake Noises Mean

Rattlesnakes make a highly distinctive sound that gives them their name. The hard rattles at the ends of their tails are made of keratin, the same material that makes up human hair. New segments develop every time the snakes shed their skin. By shaking their tails from side to side, these segments clack together, creating the familiar rattlesnake sound.

Hearing the quintessential rattlesnake noise is a warning. The pests use it as a notice to back off before they attack. It is important to note, however, that rattlesnakes don't always rattle before they strike, nor does a rattle automatically mean a strike is coming. Nonetheless, it's certainly a sign to be careful and leave the area as quickly as possible.

Problems Associated with Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes do bite people, and victims often don't know they have done something to upset the snake until it's too late. Most bites occur when people accidentally step on resting rattlesnakes. The pests are venomous, and their bites are dangerous and potentially fatal. Immediate medical attention is required. To eliminate the threat from residential yards, homeowners can call the wildlife removal professionals at Trutech as soon as they hear rattlesnake sounds or noises.

Rattlesnakes are most common in the American Southwest; Arizona and Texas have the most types of rattlesnakes. You can find rattlesnakes throughout the Southeast in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and Virginia.