Name: Kenneth B.
Will pinching off the rattles on a rattlesnake cause the
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.
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Update: June 2012