What’s Inside a Rattlesnake Rattle?

We at Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc found this episode to be interesting and informative. We thought you would too.
Welcome to What’s Inside. Today we’re at the Phoenix Zoo.

We came here because we wanted to see What’s Inside of a rattlesnake rattle.
A lot of you guys have recommended that, and I thought, “That’s a really cool idea.”
But before we just cut open a rattlesnake rattle, we gotta come to the zoo and see a bunch of snakes.
My dad bought this rattlesnake rattle on Ebay from a guy in Texas.
And we brought it here to compare. So here’s our rattle that we got
from a rattlesnake in Texas. Here’s one on an actual snake, as he slithers away.
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That’s not a rattlesnake, but that dude is creepy.
Whoa, how would you like to come across that guy? That would be, that would freak me out. I’d go running in the other direction. Where is it? Oh, he has a big, old body. We’re back home from the really cool zoo in Arizona, and now it’s time to cut this rattlesnake rattle open. That was a great zoo, and we brought this rattlesnake rattle all the way home.
Whoa! You can hear it through the plastic bags. One thing that we learned over there is that there’s 36 different species of rattlesnakes in the world. That’s a lot. I’ve seen rattlesnakes on the golf course and then while hiking through the mountains and the rock areas in southern Utah and Arizona. That would scare me so bad.
But the cool thing is, they, obviously if you’re not familiar with a rattlesnake, they put their tail up and then they shake this away, shake this rattle. And then, that’s what keeps predators away. So, it’s interesting because these guys can shake
this thing 50 times every, what do you think? Every second.And they can do it sustained for up to three
or four hours. Your job today Lincoln, why don’t you take it out and then put it on this paper towel.
Whoa! That feels really weird! It’s like you can move it so easily. All right, so lift it up from the body
part of it. Ugh! From like right there, part of it and try to shake it.
So you can try to make the noise, like. Like that, kind of?
Well, they do it 50 times in a second. I can’t do it, I can’t move this thing 50 times
in a second. Okay, I’m gonna take this razor blade and just cut into it.
Eek! All right, let’s go right down, what do you think?
Right down the middle? Yeah, that would be good.
Like that. It’s gonna hurt the table. I should probably put something underneath it. Okay, we got a cutting board.
Now it doesn’t, it’s not gonna scratch the table when I cut through it, so let’s go.
Dude, that’s hard. That’s hard material right there.
I don’t think it’s designed for people to cut them in half.
Yeah, these are tough. Sounds kinda gross.  [Lincoln] It is kinda gross.
(cracking)- [Dan] Ooh. – [Lincoln] Ooh. Yuck!
(cracking)- [Dan] Oop! Ripped it in half.
– [Dan] Let’s try opening it up a little bit and see what it looks like.
– [Lincoln] Yucky! There’s nothing inside of it. What do you bet it just has this little
shell-type material on the outside? That’s really interesting.
It’s not, there’s no balls inside of it that make it rattle or anything.
If I squeeze it hard, watch this, I’m barely squeezing. I squeeze almost the entire thing.
So, at birth for a rattlesnake, the first button is on there, it’s called the pre-button.
And then a few days later, they get their first button on top of it and it’s called a button.
But it still doesn’t make any noise until they get the second layer on top of it.
That way it can shake and they can hit Now sometimes people think that the longer
the rattle, that the older that the snake is. Not necessarily true, because a lot of times
they lose ’em, whether they’re in a fight or a predator comes and gets ’em, or they lose
it between a rock, and they’ll lose some of the buttons.
But every time that they shed their skin, a new layer is grown on the end of it.
It still is disgusting that this was on a snake once. Take a smell of it.
See what it smells like, the body of it. Aw! It smells like dog!
Uh dog, it’s nasty. So with a lot of our videos we like to post
little things on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook to kinda show what we’re up to.
So, if you’re not followin’ us on there, go follow us and you can keep up to date,
before the videos come out. Thanks to everyone that recommended
that we cut open a rattlesnake rattle. And if you have any other good ideas
of things that we should cut open and explore, just let us know.
We hope you enjoyed that episode of “What’s Inside!”

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