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‘America’s Snake’ chronicles life and times of iconic timber rattlesnake

New book delves into serpent’s biology and conservation threats

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12:00pm, May 16, 2016
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AMERICAN IDOL The natural history of the timber rattlesnake, an early symbol of the United States, is the subject of a new book. 

America’s Snake
Ted Levin
Univ. of Chicago, $35

Turns out, it is possible to be a lucky snakebite victim. Depending on the circumstances (and the snake’s mood, presumably), a timber rattlesnake may choose to strike its prey with only one fang and to pump out little or no venom when it does so. Far from being mindless, hair-triggered biting machines, timber rattlers don’t always strike — even when stepped on.

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