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5/16/16- Silent Snakes

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by Meaghan English, TrueSouth Properties Wildlife Specialist 

Rattlesnakes are known for their hair-raising rattling sound that warns potential danger of their presence. They are such dominant organisms that other species have adapted rattle like sounds to pose as rattlesnakes and defend themselves from predators. For example, the burrowing owl has developed a sound that directly mimics a rattlesnake. This rattling sound deters predators of all sizes and keeps the owl safe from harm. However, it is believed that rattlesnakes have recently outsmarted all other species. They have not only learned how to camouflage themselves very well, it is now believed that they are evolving into “silent” snakes. According to a few herpetologists and naturalists, it is believed that some species of Crotalus are being born without the ability to rattle. The dispute: is it a genetic defect or evolution? Rattlesnakes are known for their great camouflage and their infamous warning sign when danger gets too close. According to recent encounters, it has been discovered that some snakes are no longer shaking their rattles at record speed. One theory is that the shaker muscle next to the rattles is genetically defected and is not big enough to function properly; therefor the rattles never make a sound. The opposing view is that rattlesnakes have evolved into silent creatures. Some believe they have learned to keep silent to avoid being killed. Whatever the case may be, it is of utmost importance to keep your eyes peeled as the temperature begins to rise. Although phenomenal on the snake’s behalf, this is a very good incentive to invest in snake boots and practice self-awareness while in snake territory!

By: Red Clay

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