It started in Florida with the pygmy rattlesnakes, killing 42 of them. Then, another 59 wound up dead.
When it happened in the earlier part of this century, mystified scientists couldn't identify the culprit.
Vera Oliphant, 16, from El Cajon, is recovering after she was bitten six times on the foot by a brood of rattlesnakes in rural Jamul, Calif. She walked into a rattlesnake nest while she was busy looking at her cellphone for network signal.
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A teenager in California accidentally stepped into a rattlesnake nest and was bitten six times. She was immediately brought to the hospital and treated. It was a serious situation, but she survived.
Never mind snakes on a plane or even snakes in your luggage. How about snakes in your booze? 'Bayou Bob', a rattlesnake rancher in Santo, TX, has been spiking bottles of vodka with the slithery noisemakers and marketing them as an 'Ancient Asian Elixir.'
Andy Bacas was unpacking his luggage after a team trip to South Carolina when he felt a sharp bite to his hand. The coach was bitten by a baby caneback rattler who appears to have wanted to get warm . That 'baby snake' was almost a foot long.
Snake collector Matt Wilkinson of Portland grabbed a 20-inch rattler from the highway near Maupin, and three weeks later, to impress his ex-girlfriend, he stuck the serpent in his mouth. It didn't end well.
Pint-sized Zoey became a pit bull when her masters baby was threatened by a rattlesnake while playing in the back yard. In a self sacrificing move the little dog jumped between the toddler and the snake taking the bite herself.