Rattlesnakes were a group of venomous snakes native to the planet Earth. They received their name for the rattle located at the tip of their tails used as a warning device when threatened.

In 2365, Commander Riker joked that the Riker family was so ornery that when his great-grandfather was bitten by a rattlesnake; after three days of intense pain, the snake died. (TNG: "Shades of Gray")

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