Don’t rattle a rattlesnake, if you are wise.
Don’t tickle his tummy or stare in his eyes.
Wish him good morning or wish him goodnight - BUT
Don’t seize him or tease him - he knows how to bite.
Don’t rattle a rattlesnake, if you have sense.
The venom he carries is his special defence.
Remember the good things he does for mankind:
He rids us of rodents and insects he finds.
Don’t rattle a rattlesnake for he doesn’t like this.
He’ll rattle with anger whilst other snakes hiss.
He’s saying: “Keep clear! Stand back! Keep away!”
And his rattle’s a warning - he’ll not want to play.
Don’t rattle a rattlesnake for he can’t see you well.
Do you think he relies on a good sense of smell?
No, he picks up vibrations - his jawbone does that -
So watch out you humans, you dog or you cat!
Don’t rattle a rattlesnake but leave him in peace.
He’ll then wander off and his rattling will cease.
He’s part of our world, as all others are too,
So don’t make him angry; just wish him adieu.
* To rattle someone or something = to make them angry,
ie to tease them unnecessarily.
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