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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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