How often do rattlesnakes add a rattle to their tail?



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    Each time that the rattlesnake sheds its skin (which is one to four times a year), a new segment is added at the base of the rattle.The rattle is nothing more than loosely connected dead skin consisting of a very intricate design.

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    The maximum number of shedding periods for a healthy snake is four per year. Each time the snake sheds, it adds a segment to its rattle, building on top of the single segment with which it is born. One could use the number of segments on a rattle to determine roughly a snake’s age. Unfortunately, there is a large margin for error with this method, as snakes will shed variably depending upon the year’s conditions and pieces of the rattle can break off accidentally.

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