What is Inside a Rattlesnake’s Rattle?

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What is inside a snakes rattle, what if you cut it open?

Rattlesnakes are large, venomous snakes that are found throughout North and South America. Just the State of Arizona is home to 13 species of these snakes, more than any other state in the U.S. The most distinctive feature that these species share is the rattle.

A Rattlesnake shakes her tale 50 times in one second, which makes high frequency rattle sound and scares the predators away.

With this unique defense mechanism Rattlesnakes are real nightmare material. Rattlesnakes are some of the most unique and diverse reptiles in America. There are 36 different species of Rattlesnakes around the globe, all equally dangerous predators.

Every time a rattlesnake molts, its rattle becomes a bit longer. Its size could range from 1 to 7 feet and they live for 25 years.

The YouTube channel What’s Inside? posted a video in which a guy decides to cut a rattle snake’s rattle in half to see what it contains inside.

The guy explains that when a rattle snake is born it only has the first small part of the rattle, known as the first button or pre-button. Few days later, the first skin is shed and replaced by the ‘button’. After each skin change, a new button is added on the rattle, and all articulated, allowing the movement and the scary sound of “rattling”.

This also means that this snake develops its signature tail from an early age, basically while it’s still a little baby.

In other words, the interlocking rings in the snake’s rattle knock against each other and produce a buzzing sound when the snake holds its tail vertically and vibrates the end of her tail.

One of the most amusing facts about rattlesnakes is that they have developed incredibly complicated social and parenting skills, which is unusual for reptiles. Parents take care of their young together.

If you have a fear of snakes, we apologize for this content and hope that you find this entertaining and educational. Just remember to watch your step, especially when walking out in heavy brush or rocky areas. If you hear a rattling sound near by, don’t be stubborn, it would be a good idea to back off.

Be sure to learn more about the local medical facilities and how to reach them from the remote place you want to travel, before you take the trip. If a snake does bite you, you must seek help immediately.

Thank you for reading.