Witnessed the "rattle" non venomous do a number of times. Caught many many snakes, too. Also educated quite a few folks over the years. Wife is not as fearful and can usually identify some of our common snakes.rattle snakes do it to let you know they mean business. they have rattles in their tail.
black snakes shake their tails against brush to imitate that sound.
i have heard it also. how would they know what a rattle snake sounds like?
I have found those little ones very quick to bite. I just can't avoid getting hit by them like I do with the larger ones. Thankfully there is no pain involved, but I'd still rather it didn't happen.
guy I used to work with was flagging and GPSing a stream for permitting purposes one time. Said stream turned into a trickle up the side of the mountain. He was climbing up the rocks and grabbed a rock crevice/ledge and felt something squish under his hands. Got in a better position to see and it was a rattler. Luckily it was 48° that morning and the snake was very much lethargic.Only close call I have had was while climbing near Annapolis Rock in Maryland a couple years ago. Near the top one of the crevices I went to stick my hand in hand this little guy waiting. Gave me a hell of a scare.
Haha! I can relate. We've had that happen several times while climbing around the amphitheater in the Linville Gorge. The "Prow" and the "Daddy" are notorious for snakes on the route.Only close call I have had was while climbing near Annapolis Rock in Maryland a couple years ago. Near the top one of the crevices I went to stick my hand in hand this little guy waiting. Gave me a hell of a scare.