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Safety first! Snake expert Rulon Clark marks a rattlesnake held in a tube for safety.

Rulon Clark marks a rattlesanke being held in a tube by Matthew Barbour.

Although Rulon Clark has worked with snakes for many years, he has never been injured by one. He uses precautions such as staying outside of the strike range of non-sedated rattlesnakes, never handling rattlesnakes directly, only handling rattlesnakes that are held in plastic tubes, and wearing snake leggings while working in the field. Snake leggings consist of Kevlar inserted into gators that cover the lower legs.

Credit: Rulon Clark, San Diego State University

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