The Rattler

You’ll never hear me coming.



  • Heavy-bodied American pit viper with a series of horny rings on the tail that, when vibrated create a rattling sound as a warning
  • Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus of the subfamily Crotalinae
  • Crotalus is derived from the Greek meaning “castanet”
  • Sistrurus is a Latinization of the Greek word for “tail rattler” and shares its root with the ancient Egyptian musical instrument the sistrum, a type of rattle

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