What is the most rattles ever seen on a rattlesnake?



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    The most segments a wild snake has been known to have is 23, from a diamond back in Texas in 1953. A snake with over 12 is extremely rare. Rattlesnakes grow a segment every time they shed their skin, from 1-4 times a year. They are made of keratin, the same stuff our fingernails are made of, and like fingernails, segments can break off due to normal wear and tear like traversing rock or even the bustle of rearranging it’s body coil. Therefore, pampered captive rattlers can grow longer for lack of wear and for increased feedings, allowing the snake to shed even in winter. Second runner up is the 29 segmented snake in the San Diego Zoo, or the record long 38 segmented prairie rattlesnake in Colorado who died in 1993.

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