Rattlesnake Radiographs - This Eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) was shot multiple times by two teenagers with a BB gun as it sat basking in the sun in a rural area. The x-ray told us that we could not hope to save this beautiful large adult female. She was euthanized so that she would no longer suffer.

At our instigation the shooters were investigated for the unsafe use of a weapon, though the penalties were unfortunately minimal. It is currently not illegal to kill these animals, even though they are in severe decline and many environmentalists are lobbying to make them a protected species.

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