The Rattler mascot is based on popular folklore. When the school relocated to Highwood Plantation in 1891, the rural landscape had an abundance of snakes, especially rattle snakes. This is how the mascot name, “The Rattlers” was chosen.
Florida A&M University’s school colors were selected because of the green from agricultural plants and the orange from Florida’s citrus industry.
When the dark clouds gather on the horizon,
When thunder and lightning fill the sky,
When fate is but a glint in the eye of a fallen Rattler,
And hopes are lost friends,
When the sinew of the chest grows weary,
From those hard charging line backers,
And the muscles and the legs grow tired,
From those hard charging running backs.
You must always remember that the
RATTLERS WILL STRIKE, AND STRIKE AND STRIKE AGAIN!