The infamous rattlesnake is one of the most famous snakes in the world. Nearly everyone is fearful of this venomous snake, known for shaking (or rattling) its tail.
What many people don’t know is that a rattlesnake rattles its tail to deter predators from trying to attack it or to warn anyone (or thing) close by. However, have you ever wondered what’s inside of the actual rattle that causes that noise?
One father and son had that exact some question. They went on a mission to figure out what exactly creates that famous rattling sound that makes people freeze in their tracks. Watch the video below to see them cut it open and reveal the inside!
“Rattles are segments of keratin that fit loosely inside one another at the end of the snake’s tail. These segments knock against each other to produce a buzzing sound when the snake holds its tail vertically and vibrates the rattle. Each time a rattlesnake sheds its skin it adds another segment to the rattle,” explained Sara Viernum, a herpetologist based in Madison, Wisconsin.
Scientists have also said that rattlesnakes have the most sophisticated warning system of all snakes. They also have tendencies to hiss when something gets too close to them.
“The process of hissing occurs when a snake forcefully expels air from the glottis within the throat,” Viernum continued. “This causes structures within the glottis to rattle, creating the hissing sound.”
Rattlesnakes are also said to even shake their tails over 50 times every second! However, have you ever wondered what a rattlesnake rattle looks like in slow motion? Watch this video on the next page and you’ll be amazed!
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