Some parents thrive when it comes to doing school projects with their kids. When Lincoln Markham came home from Endeavor Elementary School in Kaysville, Utah, he told his dad Daniel his school project was to make a poster with the findings of a question he wanted answered. His question: What’s inside different sports balls? “Rather than having him simply research on the Internet and print out pictures, I decided to buy some different sports balls and cut them in half so he could have them on his poster board,” Daniel said. The creative dad recorded the video of his son project and posted on YouTube. What followed was a YouTube channel titled “What’s Inside?” with over four million subscribers where a wasp’s nest, a WWF wrestling belt, Sophie the Giraffe, water filter, and a punching bag are opened in half to discover the insides.The tail at the end contains the rattle used to warn predators by tail rattling up to 50 times per second.
It’s easy to assume there is something within the tip of the tail that makes it produce that noise.
Daniel ordered the snake’s tail online.
“We cut things open so you don’t have to,” is the motto Lincoln and Daniel go by.
The shell is actually hard to puncture through.
Rattlesnakes are native to the Americas, found from Canada all the way down to Argentina.
Rattlesnakes hiss simultaneously to rattling.
“This causes structures within the glottis to rattle, creating the hissing sound.”
“They may also coil their bodies and raise their heads high off the ground in a defensive posture. This coiled position serves as a way to anchor the body if they body if they feel the need to strike with their raised head,” Viernum explains.
Their diets consist of eating rodents and lizards.
Rattlesnake bites are not usually fatal to humans but are certainly dangerous and being closed to one should not be taken lightly. “The venom of most rattlesnake species is composed mainly of hemotoxins,” Viernum reveals. “Symptoms include temporary and/or permanent tissue and muscle damage, loss of an extremity depending on the location of the bite, internal bleeding, and extreme pain around the injection area.”
Snakes are not born with their full grown rattle but rather a “button.”
Every time a snake sheds its skin a new segment is added to the rattle.
They are known to lose segments from injuries.
Father and son were still able to open up the segments from the rattle.
There weren’t any balls or tiny particles that would be assumed cause the noise from the rattle.
For Daniel, this is more than just learning new things with his son.
Surprisingly, this is not the craziest thing they have opened.
Still, nothing beats knowing what’s inside the most advanced snake in the world.
“It all started with a little science project at Endeavor and has turned into something much larger than we ever could have imagined,” Daniel admits.
->**Seeing what’s inside the rattle of a rattlesnake has been viewed over 68 million times.**<-