Definition of rattlesnake
: any of several American pit vipers (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus) that have horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail which make a sharp rattling sound when shaken
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Over the course of his career, Steen, whose work focuses mostly on the automobile's impact on turtle mortality, has dined of roadkill rabbit, rattlesnake, and deer.
A caller reported finding what appeared to be a rattlesnake next to a porch.
A Texas man was released from the hospital a week after he was bitten by a poisonous rattlesnake in his backyard.
But county animal control officials say the public should remain on the watch for rattlesnakes in all wildlands areas.
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Rattlesnakes in prairies have been found to spread out during the winter.
The venomous canebrake rattlesnake dwells in the woods throughout most of the state, particularly hardwood forests.
The Carolinas have Demons, Sharks and even Devildogs for high school mascots, but one district just outside Charlotte has drawn the line at being the first in South Carolina to go with rattlesnakes.
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RATTLESNAKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rattlesnake for English Language Learners
: a poisonous American snake with a group of hard, loose pieces (called scales) at the end of its tail that it shakes to make a noise
RATTLESNAKE Defined for Kids
Definition of rattlesnake for Students
: a poisonous American snake with a rattle at the end of its tail
Medical Definition of rattlesnake
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