?The breath of
rattlesnakes is poisonous, and there is a dust in their rattles that is lethal
?By staring at
their intended prey, including men, rattlesnakes exert a hypnotic influence,
immobilizing victims so that they can be killed; some are killed by the evil
eye. Many people have reported seeing small animals, mostly birds and rabbits,
so entranced that they walked into the jaws of a snake. There is a theory that
a rattler must kill by hypnosis or something similar because if it killed by
injecting venom, then the rattler itself would die eating the poisoned
strike and eject poison into a spring, then hang about waiting for some unwary
creature to drink the water, after which it dies and becomes snake food. In the
same fashion, rattlers will strike and contaminate holly trees, then wait for
dead birds that have eaten the berries to fall down around them.
swallow their young, giving the brood temporary refuge from danger.
cows. (Among others, Sherlock Holmes and Mowgli reported the fondness of snakes
for warm milk.)
for life and are inseparable. If one is molested, the other's anger and desire
for vengeance is intense. Thus, after a member of a covered-wagon train killed
a female rattler on the Kansas prairie one morning in 1853, the male trailed
the wagons all that day and night finally killing one of the emigrants.
?If a snake bites
a man and the snake dies, the man will live. If the man dies, the snake will
live. (A variant has it that if the snake is killed before the fate of the man
is determined, the toxicity of the injected venom will be increased.)
?If a snake bites
a nursing mother, her infant will be poisoned. However, in the South, the last
bastion of gallantry, rattlesnakes will not bite women. In other conservative
areas a snake will bite some women but never a good (in the severely technical
not bite a person wearing an anklet of snake bones. White ash, onions, burning
shoes, king snake oil, tobacco, urine and hair balls of a cat will keep away
rattlesnakes, depending on what part of the country you are in.
traveling in the Salton Sea area of southeastern California suffered a
puncture. He lacked a spare tire but understood the ways of the desert. He
backed over a nearby rattler, which struck the tire. The rubber immediately
swelled from the effect of the venom and the puncture was sealed.