Being bitten by a rattlesnake is a staple of Western movie plots. The hero shows his courage and resourcefulness by husing his trusty knife to make an x-shaped incision over the bite and then by sucking out the venom. This practice has led to a number of jokes involving snakebites on various parts of the anatomy, with the punchline "You want me to what?!" -- But you can't believe everything you see in the movies. For instance, an incision near the wound can introduce serious nfection, and venom can be absorbed through the mouth. The recommended treatment includes washing the affected area with soap and water, wrapping a bandage above the bite ( but not so tight as to cut off blood circulation) and seeking immediate medical care for treatement with antivenin. The victim should try to remain clam, since activity only speeds up absorption of the venom.