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Name: Kenneth B.
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Age: 30s
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Date: 8/18/2003

Will pinching off the rattles on a rattlesnake cause the snake harm?

Rattlesnakes frequently lose all or some of their rattles, If only the bony part of the rattle is broken there is no harm to the snake. New ones grow to replace them. Rattles are continuously added to in healthy snakes, but because they are often broken off the often-heard idea that you can tell the snake's age by the number of rattles is not quite true.

J. Elliott

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