|'Gypsy Oblong', also known as 'Rattlesnake', 'Genuine Georgia Rattlesnake', and 'Southern Rattlesnake', is a cigar shaped heirloom variety of watermelon. It weighs generally 30-40 pounds. Its shape is good for stacking, and this melon is often shipped because of this. The skin is light green with wavy lengthwise stripes of dark green. The flesh is pink with brown seeds. Watermelons generally do best in warm climates. Cool weather will not produce good fruits, but some of the adversity of cool weather can be overcome by starting seeds early indoors, and transplanting them out at the height of summer. Plastic groundcovers are highly recommended to increase soil temperature in the spring, and rowcovers will help the crop ripen in the fall.