Man Stumbles Upon World’s Most Venomous Rattlesnake in Pitch Black Night

Written by Kirstin Opal
Updated: September 8, 2022
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Animal Planet’s Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild is hosted by Nathaniel “Coyote” Peterson, an American YouTuber and expert in wildlife. Peterson’s YouTube channel Brave Wilderness with over 20 million subscribers, primarily concentrates on filming and teaching viewers about wildlife.

In a now-viral video, Coyote is face-to-face with one of the most dangerous rattlesnakes on the planet. A pit viper species known as Mojave rattlesnakes are extremely venomous and may be found in central Mexico and the southwest United States. Its powerful venom, which is ranked among the strongest rattlesnake venoms in the world, is arguably what makes it most famous. These snakes are huge, with triangular-shaped heads and hefty bodies.

On his way to explore the wilderness at night, Coyote and his team calm everyone’s nerves with an adorable Kangaroo rat. Kangaroo rats have large hind feet with four toes and lengthy tails. They have wide eyes and little ears and massive skulls. They’re much cuter than what Brave Wilderness discovers next in the shadows. 

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Along a row of cacti, Coyote finds a Mojave rattlesnake curled up next to a barrel cactus. Thankfully, when they spot the snake, it isn’t rattled by the appearance of humans. It simply slowly tries to slither away, but Peterson has other plans. 

As he continues to educate viewers about this dangerous serpent, Coyote is aware that he needs to keep a distance for his own safety. The snake becomes spooked for a moment when Peterson attempts to wrangle it with a hook, but quickly calms down. 

During the winter, these snakes brumate alone or in small groups. They are most active from April to September. They are known for being hostile to people, and when threatened, they will actively defend themselves as other rattlesnakes do. Additionally, it has been reported that these slithery serpents would attack and chase people.

In the video, this particular Mojave rattlesnake feels threatened and cornered. It attempts to slither away several times and is continuously placed in front of the camera. At one point, Coyote notes that the snake curls back up and begins to rattle its tail. This is rare and a sign the snake will strike at any moment. 

The length of an adult Mojave rattlesnake ranges from two to four feet. Rattlesnakes typically have a maximum striking range of two-thirds of their length. If you’re ever in the wild and witness a rattlesnake shaking its tail, slowly back away until you’re in a safe area.

It’s important to remember that Coyote and his crew are professionals and aim to teach individuals about wild animals and safety in their videos. To see what ends up happening to Coyote, check out the video below. 

Is it Safe to Approach the World’s Most Venomous Rattlesnake?

No, snakes should be left alone.

Nicknamed the Mojave green, the Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) is one of the most venomous snakes in the world. If bitten, the venom potent with neurotoxins that target the nervous system may cause deadly harm.

If confronted with a rattle snake, you should:

  • Stay calm, do not panic. Staying calm will help you make the right decisions.
  • Don’t make any sudden movements.
  • Do not touch or disturb the snake.
  • Wear appropriate clothing while hiking such as boots and long pants.
  • Back away slowly and leave it alone. Snakes generally won’t attack unless provoked.

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs, her 14-year-old dog, or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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