What’s inside a Rattlesnake Rattle?


(dramatic percussion music) – Welcome back to What’s Inside. I’m Lincoln, this is Dan. And 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. (children laughing and yelling) ♫ Phoenix Zoo ♫ (dramatic percussion music) – My dad bought this
rattlesnake rattle on Ebay from a guy in Texas. And we brought it here to compare. – [Dan] So here’s our rattle that we got from a rattlesnake in Texas. Here’s one on an actual
snake, as he slithers away. (softer dramatic percussion music) 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. Oh, look at this guy’s head! – [Dan] 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. (dry rattles) – 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.
– [Lincoln] Scary. – 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? – Second. – 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. – [Dan] All right, so
lift it up from the body part of it. – [Lincoln] Ugh! – [Dan] From like right there, part of it. and try to shake it. So you can try to make the noise, like. (dry rattles) – Like that, kind of? – [Dan] 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. (laughter) (dry rattles) – [Dan] Okay, I’m gonna
take this razor blade and just cut into it. – [Lincoln] Eek! – [Dan] All right, let’s go
right down, what do you think? Right down the middle? – [Lincoln] Yeah, that would be good. – [Dan] 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. (cracking) Dude, that’s hard. That’s hard material right there. – [Lincoln] I don’t think it’s designed for people to cut them in half. – [Dan] Yeah, these are tough. (cracking) Sounds kinda gross. – [Lincoln] It is kinda gross. (cracking) – [Dan] Ooh.
– [Lincoln] Ooh. Yuck! (cracking) – [Dan] Oop! Ripped it in half. – [Lincoln] ♫ You ripped it in half ♫ (laughter) – [Dan] Let’s try opening
it up a little bit and see what it looks like. – [Lincoln] Yucky! – [Dan] 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 on each other and make the noise. 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. – (laughing) 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. Look, it’s like we’re in the jungle, except there’s an airplane
about to land in the jungle. See those guys, Lincoln?
– [Lincoln] Yeah. – [Dan] I had to do a
school project on this, when I went to Arizona
State, on these guys. – [Lincoln] Did they
usually bite and stand on top of them? (bright, happy music)

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  5. Rattlesnake rattles are made material/components as the human fingernails. (Nail clippers might work better.) it kind of stretches and contrasts to make that rattling sound.

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