Rattlesnake in slow-motion is almost too close for comfort

(CBS News) While I don't have a phobia, I do have a healthy respect (and fear) of rattlesnakes. For instance, I never plan to purposefully be within 10 feet of one if I can help it. But that doesn't mean I'm not fascinated by these reptiles from time to time. Especially if I can see one in slow-motion and high-definition, up close and personal. Wait a second, what's this video above...?

The almost-too-close-for-comfort clip was posted by Earth Unplugged who write about the seriously hair-raising footage:

How does a rattlesnake rattle? Sam and Si investigate this phenomenal instrument with the deadliest rattlesnake in the USA - the western diamondback rattlesnake.
Original and stunning high definition slow motion footage of animals and their actions. Brought to you by our very own team members; animal nerd Sam, and camera geek Simon.

I'll just say that I'm totally fine with the vicarious experience of watching this on my computer and never, ever being that close to a rattlesnake in real life, thank you very much. As a bonus, I'm including a behind-the-scenes video below. And to check out more amazing footage of reptiles, animals and more, be sure to visit the YouTube page for Earth Unplugged by clicking here.