“He claims rattlers are like sharks, demonized and feared but generally without reason,” says his brother-in-law. Alright, so only five out of 7,000-8,000 people who get bitten by venomous snakes in US die, but that doesn’t mean you should be dangling that scaly beast by your face and have it curl up by your balls. Or that it’s a good pet. How do you cuddle with it? The sharks comparison is a nice touch, because sharks also make good pets.