This six foot female rattlesnake was recently killed near a residence on Highway 71, south of Marianna. When the bulging snake was slit open, it revealed a dozen live baby rattlers inside the host snake. These are shown in the accompanying pictures. Rattlesnake eggs will stay inside their mother until they hatch. Most of the time there are 8-10 babies born at once and are about 10 inches long. Babies are born venomous but cannot rattle and are often more aggressive than the adults.
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RG Wednesday, 18 June 2014 23:28 Comment Link
I just joined this site, and I would love to learn more about nature, survival, and living off the grid, but you people need to CALM DOWN! You sound like a bunch of children, ripping a doll's head off! Can't we have comments from people without being so critical? If someone wants to wear a moo moo, so what! If someone wants to protect rattlesnakes, let them! It just means more for me to fry up and eat! Take it easy people!
page hill Friday, 10 January 2014 23:17 Comment Link
I heard that mama rattlers will open their mouths and let the newborn come inside to protect them from danger.....how about it?
Tami Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:51 Comment Link
Hey, Thelma...thanks for sharing this information, you are correct, I should have researched it before making the comment. YOU, however, should learn how to make a statement without sounding like a raging hormonal jerk
THELMA Tuesday, 15 October 2013 21:54 Comment Link
TO TAMI, ALL SNAKE DO NOT LAY EGGS. SOME GIVE LIVE BIRTH AND OTHERS LAY EGGS SO GET YOUR FACT RIGHT.
Tami Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:12 Comment Link
OK, maybe I am the only one who noticed this, but SNAKES LAY EGGS...HOW did fully formed SNAKES get inside the 'mother'??
Durp Wednesday, 09 October 2013 04:10 Comment Link
Since when is 15 a dozen? There are 15 baby rattlesnakes in the picture. Derrrpppp!!
Scottie Monday, 07 October 2013 15:23 Comment Link
Wear fur, eat meat, kill snakes!!!
K. Cross Monday, 07 October 2013 12:09 Comment Link
@Debbie and the others that assume snake lovers don't live in snake habitats.
Your powers of assumption are astonishingly, but not surprisingly, inaccurate. I too, live in the country, on a farm. We raise our animals for consumption, as well as keeping horses for recreation. I have kids and I have dogs that roam freely. But there is a difference between living in the country by stomping out all that is around you and living WITHIN the wilderness and loving it so much you want to preserve it. I knew when we built our little niche in the woods what we were moving into. I knew that WE were the 'invasive' species in this ecosystem. That doesn't mean we don't belong here, but it does mean that my existance within it is not a natural thing. So, on our farm, we do not stomp all over nature...we learn to live with it. That means landscaping around the house to prevent areas that snakes want to hide. That means building chicken coups that are easy to maintain and watch for snakes in with the eggs, that means preserving the gopher tortoise dens and not blocking their paths with fenced-in pastures. That means teaching my children not to reach into dark areas and places they can't see. That means if one of my outdoor dogs is silly enough to not avoid a snake bite, then he wasn't suited for farm life. And on this farm, and on the roads leading to this farm, when I see a snake, venomous or non-venomous, it gets moved off the road with a snake hook I keep in my car, so that idiots that think they have to kill every snake around, can't get to it. And when I see a venomous snake on the farm, it gets moved to a more remote area, not butchered and then put up for a 'news' story. THAT's what loving and preserving the wilderness you live in looks like. Not stomping out a species that belongs there.
Debbie Mc Sunday, 06 October 2013 14:32 Comment Link
You bleeding hearts make me sick. Where I understand people not wanting to kill animals for no reason, there is a reason. And to the arrogant person talking about the barefoot moo moo wearing woman... you are a snob!!! What business is it of ours what someone wheres at their home? And to the ones comparing dead "fur" animals to snakes, obviously you do not see the pictures posted all over the internet about useless killing because of over population and abuse, get your heads out of the sand. I'll bet not half the people spewing out "save the rattlers" live where they can get to your yard (if you even have a yard) I have a farm, I will protect my good animals against a rattler of any kind any day. And if I want to wear a moo moo I'll go buy one and wear it. It's just country life something you people will never understand.
DW Saturday, 05 October 2013 14:04 Comment Link
'We do not need them in my eco system.' - "...my eco system"??? (its one word, btw)
What purpose do YOU serve in anyone's ecosystem?
Disregard for the value of the life of any creature is nothing more than the reflected ignorance of a human being who does not understand the world they live in and whose only recourse is fear.
Come to think of it, that's the ONLY reason venomous snakes bite humans - fear.
A snake's intentions are never malicious. Can we say the same about humans'?