Silent rattlesnakes: Experts say, watch out
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CREATED Sep. 7, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's the sound that gave the rattlesnake its name.
The rowdy rattle that tells you to back off.
But, some experts are saying, this friendly warning is slowly slithering away.
"They're evolving to know how to live longer," Augie Herbst, co-owner of Sonoran Desert Reptiles, told Nine On Your Side.
He said he's noticed more and more silent rattlesnakes in the backyards of some very confused Tucsonans.
"They think that the rattlesnakes are friendly because they're not rattling, or they think they're in a good mood."
Not the case, Augie told us.
He said when the snakes rattle, it reveals their position, and more and more feisty snakes are getting killed off.
So, we took the news to Tucson's trails
"If they're evolving to change their tactics, that's pretty scary," one hiker told Nine On Your Side.
Pretty scary, especially when people saw the quiet snakes at Sabino Canyon just today.
"It just stayed coiled for most of the time," another hiker named Mark said.
He and his friends were about 2 feet from the snake, and it didn't make a sound.
What's Augie's biggest tip for staying safe?
"Don't just blindly walk over a log or a pile of rocks. Look first!"
Because you may not hear that infamous sound before you feel that poisonous bite.