Ground rattlesnake


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ground rattlesnake (Zoöl) a small rattlesnake (Caudisona miliaria or Sistrurus miliaria) of the Southern United States, having a small rattle. It has nine large scales on its head.
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In literature:

I examined the ground carefully for rattlesnakes, but in vain.
"Tales of the Argonauts" by Bret Harte
Then he looked down on the ground, and saw a large rattlesnake coiled close to his naked leg.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
Back to the woods for me, and old Rattlesnake Mountain to be the stamping ground for the Banner Boy Scouts!
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
The strokes I gave the ground soon roused up several other rattlesnakes, and I found that a whole brood were collected under the stone.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
A fallen tree tempted us into the forest, and on the damp ground Lucien caught sight of a magnificent rattlesnake, seemingly torpid.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Many rattlesnakes ("massasaugas" Mr. Button called them), inhabited the moist spots and father and I killed several as we cleared the ground.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
One of the Indians held a rattlesnake pinned to the ground with a forked stick.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch

In poetry:

He let out a bawl and he went from that spot
Like the ground where he stood had sudden got hot.
He topped that first jump with a shimmy and shake,
Like a-poppin' the head from a live rattlesnake.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher