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NOCTURNAL HABITS OF SNAKES

NOCTURNAL HABITS OF SNAKES To the Editor:— In The Journal, May 16, 1959, pages 268 to 272, is a good article by McCreary and Wurzel on poisonous snake bites. On page 270 is a puzzling statement that "All the Crotalidae are front-fanged serpents, generally nocturnal in their habits, and usually capable swimmers." I am in my late 60's, have lived all my life in what may be correctly called rattlesnake country, and have seen many rattlesnakes in their natural habitat. I have heard accounts of persons sleeping on the ground at night and being bitten by rattlesnakes, but I have been unable to obtain verification of any such account. Especially in this western country it has been my observation that the rattlesnake stays in the relatively cool shaded areas during the hotter portion of the day. Especially at altitudes above 2,000 ft., the nights are frequently quite cool and snakes become lethargic. I would http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

NOCTURNAL HABITS OF SNAKES

JAMA , Volume 170 (13) – Jul 25, 1959

NOCTURNAL HABITS OF SNAKES

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To the Editor:—
In The Journal, May 16, 1959, pages 268 to 272, is a good article by McCreary and Wurzel on poisonous snake bites. On page 270 is a puzzling statement that "All the Crotalidae are front-fanged serpents, generally nocturnal in their habits, and usually capable swimmers."
I am in my late 60's, have lived all my life in what may be correctly called rattlesnake country, and have seen many rattlesnakes in their natural...
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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1959 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1959.03010130090027
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Abstract

To the Editor:— In The Journal, May 16, 1959, pages 268 to 272, is a good article by McCreary and Wurzel on poisonous snake bites. On page 270 is a puzzling statement that "All the Crotalidae are front-fanged serpents, generally nocturnal in their habits, and usually capable swimmers." I am in my late 60's, have lived all my life in what may be correctly called rattlesnake country, and have seen many rattlesnakes in their natural habitat. I have heard accounts of persons sleeping on the ground at night and being bitten by rattlesnakes, but I have been unable to obtain verification of any such account. Especially in this western country it has been my observation that the rattlesnake stays in the relatively cool shaded areas during the hotter portion of the day. Especially at altitudes above 2,000 ft., the nights are frequently quite cool and snakes become lethargic. I would

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Published: Jul 25, 1959

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