Snake bites


Eastern diamondback rattlesnake on sand, coils and lifts its head

Rattlesnakes are located all over the U.S., but they are prominently found in the southwest. They have large bodies and triangle-shaped heads. Their most distinctive feature is their tail, which contains a “rattle,” a series of scales that rattle when the snake shakes its tail. They range in size from 1- to 8-feet long.

Rattlesnake bite symptoms are the same as other venomous snake bite symptoms and include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart rhythm changes
  • Metallic, rubbery, or minty taste
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Lymph node swelling
  • Shock

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