As the dog days of summer continue, the chances of encountering a rattlesnake on the High Plains remain elevated.
But, as The Sacramento Bee explains, rattlesnakes aren’t as dangerous as you may think. Attacks aren’t as common as some may believe, because rattlers aren’t aggressive. They generally only bite when they feel threatened.
However, humans sometimes mistakenly think a snake is being aggressive when it’s simply trying to find a cooler place to lie.