National Serpent Day is celebrated each year on February 1, to encourage understanding of snakes.
Although considered one of the “newest” snakes in the world, Rattlesnakes are among the most evolved. They lift their head to not only appear fierce, but to seem larger. Their fangs are hollow to help them inject toxin into prey. And they get their name from their segmented keratin shell that rattles when they're prepared to strike.
Rattlesnakes should be feared enough to avoid, but revered enough to be left alone. That's because they play an important part in nature by helping to keep our ecosystem in balance.
Happy National Serpent Day!