When you hear that sound in the grass, you know it’s time to stay clear of the area. That is, if you know what’s good for you. But if you don’t, you’ll probably be like many curious scientists who want maximum access to these vipers in order to study them closely. We take the word of the good people who have had the bravado to approach a rattlesnake. In this video, we will provide you with all the goods on what makes the rattle of rattlesnakes shake and why.
But first, we want to encourage you to push the bell notification so you will always get a little rattle when we post a new video. Also, you can like and subscribe if you really want to support our YouTube investigations. So now, back to rattlesnakes. They are found in North and South America. Most of them are in the Southwest of the United States and in North Mexico. Not all of them are the same though. There are a variety of species. However, if they are called rattlesnakes, then they all have a rattle.
The rattle is a sort of alarm that warns species that might be up the food chain to stay out of their turf. The rattlesnakes do have venom and are not afraid to use it on prey and foe alike. There are 30 species of the rattlesnake. They all have a triangle shaped head. So, if a person is not sure or cannot hear the rattle, then identifying rattlesnakes by other means is possible. The buzz of the rattle is emitted when the snake quickly vibrates its tail. The snakes can sense people encroaching through heat sensors on either side of their face. This is what allows them to be classed as pit vipers.
Their bites have a mix of neurotoxins and hemotoxins. The neurotoxins affect a mammal’s nerves. The hemotoxins attack the blood tissues. Rattlesnakes are not looking to bother humans though. They really only attack us when they are stepped on or bothered incessantly by such a large mammal. So basically, just don’t provoke the rattlesnake and a person should be fine.
Once the venom is released, it can cause swelling, paralysis of muscles, and tissue death. However, if a person rushes to the hospital, then the individual only has a 2% chance of dying from the poison. The acoustics of the rattle are fascinating. When it is cut open, the rattle is completely empty. Yes, that’s right, it is completely hollow. The rattle is made up of hollow locks of keratin. You might have heard this term when someone on television is shilling hair products. That’s because keratin is the essential protein in hair. It also is the building block of fingernails.
The older the snake gets, the more layers of rattle that are added to the rattle. In fact, each time the snake sheds its skin, it gets a new present in return- another lock of rattle. The hollow chamber in the rattle does serve a purpose though. As the locks vibrate together, the empty chamber accentuates the sound. It’s like when you yell into a vacant cave. The sound echoes off of the chambers of the wall. The locks of keratin are sometimes referred to as buttons. In our opinion, they look more like rings, but science dubs them to be buttons.
You might wonder if there is a little more to the rattle. Well, the rattlesnake is programmed to whip its tail so forcefully that the buttons rattle 50 times a second. If you count out a second now, and go… one Mississippi…. you will find that the sound of 50 rattles is imperceptible to the human ear. And yet, it actually happens like that. It is completely incredible!
The rattlesnake has some serious endurance built in as well. The snake can rattle its tail for more than three hours in a row. They are adept at warding off danger, if nearby inhabitants know what is good for them. And, of course, the snake can also hiss, which is a sure-fire noise to detract passerby’s. As we said at the start of this video, scientists have been dedicated to studying this pernicious creature. But the scientists didn’t seek out rattlesnakes for their tails. A YouTube creator of “What’s Inside” named Daniel actually bought a dead rattlesnake’s tail in order to cut it open on camera. So, science can be advanced by trends such as those that involve the satisfying act of cutting into something.
Of course, Daniel’s channel is focused on everything inside. But other creators have been taking heated knives and cutting open their favorite items just for the fulfilling task of watching them cut through in clean strokes. The rattlesnake rattle might be a little less mysterious at this point, but it has not lost its appeal. The echoing chambers inside the buttons make it a marvel of nature. And the amount of sound emitted in just one second rivals the artistry of any man-made instrument. There is a lot of fear among people of the rattlesnake, but the best advice is to stay on trails when hiking. Also, keep your head down to watch where you step.
The rattlesnake will put up a good fight to evade your detection. But if you do happen to spot its hiding place, then don’t go prodding it with a stick. If you do, then you are just playing with fire. It is not worth the trip to the hospital and risk of death to see how a rattlesnake reacts to being poked. Save that annoying practice for your friends on Facebook. Although that is all for today, we have some time for our shout out’s. Charles Sawyer says “generic isn’t always the same. Some generic drugs can be much different in the way they react to other drugs.” Top 5s Finest remarks, “keep up the great work!” Miggi so bad says “apple logo is my favorite logo.” Enly Malki says “bro, the 3 strips of Adidas is, just look a little better, titanic.” And Rebecca Norvell comments “awesome vid!!!”