What's Inside A Rattlesnake Rattle? And Other Rattlesnake Facts You Wanted To Know

Kevin Carneglia

We all know that rattlesnakes are not the most friendly of animals (or even of all snakes for that matter), so when we hear that rattle go off, we're far more likely to take flight than fight. Maybe that's why we don't know much about rattlesnakes, or what makes them tick (forgive the pun). Wikipedia gathered some insight into what makes these mysterious creatures' rattles work the way they do:

"The rattle is composed of a series of hollow, interlocked segments made of keratin, which are created by modifying the scales that cover the tip of the tail. The contraction of special "shaker" muscles in the tail causes these segments to vibrate against one another, making the rattling noise (which is amplified because the segments are hollow)"


Interestingly enough, these snakes are considered the most evolved and "newest" snakes in the world, according to Live Science. Their hiss is also considered a big warning sign, so it's best to stay away from them if you hear it because they are venomous, and most snakes can move faster than they may indicate through their everyday movements. The adult snakes are also very big, ranging from 1.6 to 6.6 feet long, but some can be even bigger and weigh in at 8.2 feet in length.

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It's also best to get to the nearest hospital as quickly as you can, but don't drive or run too fast because this could put you at risk of an increased heart rate. If possible, you can also use a suction device from a snake bite kit to suck out the venom. It's not a good idea to do this with your mouth, though, because poison can enter the bloodstream this way.

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