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Venomous snakes - series—Defining features

Defining rattlesnake features

Overview

The top row displays the defining features of a rattlesnake. From left to right, a rattle on the tail, a triangular head, and hinged fangs.

Review Date 9/23/2019

Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Emeritus, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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