R is for Rattlesnake #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo CreditTwo male Northern Pacific rattlesnakes engaged in a “combat dance”

21 April 2017 – R is for Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus
Thirty-six known species of rattlesnakes and have between sixty-five and seventy subspecies
Iconic group of snakes due to the characteristic “rattle” found at the tip of the tail
Rattlesnakes hunt and consume mice, rats, small birds, and other small animals like rabbits

Thirty-six known species of rattlesnakes and have between sixty-five and seventy subspecies
Males of some species, such as timber rattlesnakes fight each other during the mating season
Rattlesnakes hunt and consume mice, rats, small birds, and other small animals like rabbits
Their prey is killed quickly with a venomous bite as opposed to constriction

Males of some species, such as timber rattlesnakes fight each other during the mating season
If the bitten prey moves away before dying, the rattlesnake can follow it by its scent
Their prey is killed quickly with a venomous bite as opposed to constriction
Prey is ingested head-first, allowing wings and limbs to fold at the joints minimizing the meal

If the bitten prey moves away before dying, the rattlesnake can follow it by its scent
Gastric fluids of rattlesnakes are extremely powerful, allowing digestion of flesh and bone
Prey is ingested head-first, allowing wings and limbs to fold at the joints minimizing the meal
An adequate meal, the snake finds a warm, safe location and coils up until the prey is digested

Gastric fluids of rattlesnakes are extremely powerful, allowing digestion of flesh and bone
Although many kinds of snakes and other reptiles are oviparous (lay eggs)
An adequate meal, the snake finds a warm, safe location and coils up until the prey is digested
Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous (give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside)

Although many kinds of snakes and other reptiles are oviparous (lay eggs)
Females can store semen for months in internal recesses known as spermathecae
Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous (give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside)
Which permits them to mate during the fall, but not fertilize the ova until the following spring

Females can store semen for months in internal recesses known as spermathecae
Females often remain with their young in nests for several weeks parenting their broods
Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous (give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside)
Any bite by a rattlesnake must be considered a life-threatening medical emergency.

Females often remain with their young in nests for several weeks parenting their broods
Iconic group of snakes due to the characteristic “rattle” found at the tip of the tail
Any bite by a rattlesnake must be considered a life-threatening medical emergency
Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus.

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