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Bite Victim Says Rattlesnake Didn't Rattle Before Striking

A South Taylor County woman was bitten by a rattlesnake and says the venomous snake was not visible and did not make the rattling sound.
Pat Hart enjoys spending time in her garden, but for the past two weeks, gardening has not been an option. "Garrett, my grandson came in and said there is a rattlesnake out there," says Hart. Pat quickly followed her husband out into their yard to help find the venomous snake.

"He stepped right here and I was going to get up on this table because I knew I shouldn't have been out here with my silly little shoes on. And when I stepped down right here, he was laying right here I guess and got me on the foot," says Hart.

The painful strike surprised her, but the lack of warning was shocking as well. "And he made no sound. We didn't see him, we didn't hear him," says Hart.

Some folks believe that rattlesnakes are rattling less to avoid the wild hogs that pray on them."That's what I have heard. Maybe an old wives's tale, but thats what I have heard," says Hart.

Experts say that while the hogs cannot be pinpointed, rattlesnakes tend to keep quiet in general. "If people are going to hurt you, think of what you would do, you would really stay quiet and just hide. And that's what they tend to do as well," says Matthew Strong, reptile keeper at the Abilene Zoo.

Strong says their lack of noise is part of protecting themselves, and there are a few ways to protect ourselves from them as well. "Snakes don't have ears, they don't hear, so walk very heavy-footed, warn them you are coming," says Strong.

Hart spent a total of six days in the hospital, three of them in ICU. "Wost pain I have ever felt in my life," says Hart. She says she is just thankful the snake did not bite her grandson.

To learn more on the types of venomous snakes found in Texas, click here.
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