Watch Out!

 

 

Tszzzzzzzzzzzzzz! That's the sound of a rattlesnake shaking its tail to warn you to watch out! Rattlesnakes have great camouflageThe color or pattern of an animal's covering that is similar to the animal's surroundings, and therefore helps hide it. May also be related to smell, as in lions rolling in elephant dung to camouflage their scent.. The scales covering their body are often the same color as the rocks and ground where they live. This helps them hide from their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food., but it can also keep bigger animals, like people, horses, and dogs, from seeing them. Getting stepped on is something a rattlesnake tries to avoid—wouldn’t you?

 

Like many animals, rattlesnakes have a “danger zone.” Anything outside of that area is not a threat to the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.. But step just a smidge inside the danger zone, and the rattlesnake sounds its warning!

 

What should you do if you hear the buzz of a rattlesnake? First, “freeze.” Quickly figure out what direction the sound is coming from. Then turn and walk away. Don’t walk backward—you could trip and fall! Be sure to tell a grown-up that you’ve heard a rattler.

 

When you are outside playing this summer, watch where you step and where you put your hands. Rattlesnakes sometimes can be seen sunning themselves in yards or at playgrounds. If a rattlesnake gets too hot, it might seek shade under a thick bush or between rocks.

 

Stay aware this summer, and a rattlesnake won’t have to warn you to “watch out!”