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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:14AM

News flash: Rattlesnakes are not evil

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I know this will come as quite a surprise to many people, but rattlesnakes are not out to get you. They have no interest in sinking their fangs into your flesh and injecting you with a massive dose of lethal venom. Nor are they after your children or your pets. In actual fact, they’d really just rather be left alone. And truth be known, rattlesnakes have a lot more reason to fear humans than vice versa.

The snake pictured here is the first rattlesnake I’ve ever seen alive and in the wild. For those of you who are absolutely dead certain there are rattlers in every pile of debris or brushy empty lot, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting passersby, here’s a bit of truth: I have spent a quarter-century seeking out snakes and other wild creatures in this area. This is my first rattler, and only my second venomous snake of any kind.

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