The Rattlesnake and Its Rattle

This is a fine bedtime story to tell if you want your child to grow up to be ignorant and demented. It comes to us from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His article is Where Did the Rattlesnake’s Rattle Come From? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A recent article about new research on the rattlesnake’s formidable rattle states, “The evolution of the rattle has baffled scientists because, unlike other complex physical traits like eyes or feathers, it has no obvious precursor or intermediate stage.” According to David Pfennig at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “There is no half-rattle.”

Hambo is referring to this article in New Scientist: Rattlesnakes silently shook their tails before evolving rattles. Then he says:

Well, to those who start with the Bible, it’s no surprise that no such thing as a “half-rattle” exists. But for an evolutionist this is a major puzzle.

[*Sigh*] How could there ever be a half rattle? Either a thing rattles or it doesn’t. More on this later. Meanwhile, Hambo tells us:

Now evolutionists have suggested perhaps snakes started shaking their tails to warn predators, and eventually the noise-making rattle “evolved . . . as a more effective signal that took advantage of the pre-existing behavior.” But “how exactly the rattlesnakes then got their noisemaker is a more difficult question.” The article suggests two different ways:

You can read the two suggested possibilities if you like. Hambo isn’t impressed, and he explains why:

But where the snake got its rattle isn’t actually a difficult question needing such an imaginative answer. It’s only a difficult question if you reject the true history recorded in God’s Word in favor of man’s ideas about the past. Observational science demonstrates that nearly 40 rattlesnake species probably belonged to one original created kind. There are no “half-rattles” because God uniquely designed this kind with a rattle.

Yes — that makes it easy to understand. There’s no need to do any thinking at all! Then he tosses in some Adam & Eve to make it even better:

The rattle would be something we now call a defense structure, but it wouldn’t have been necessary as such before the Fall. Though a rattlesnake’s toxic venom wouldn’t have existed before the Fall, the rattle would become a merciful warning to the fangs behind it in a post-Fall world.

Now he circles back to that “half rattle” issue:

By the way, where is there “half-anything” in living things today? If molecules-to-man evolution is true, why don’t we see “half-lots-of-things” all over the world? That’s because evolution is simply not true — it’s a fairy tale, an attempt to explain life without God.

He’s right, you know. Where are the fossils of animals with half an eyeball, or half a heart? There are none! Evolution is for fools! Hambo wraps it all up nicely at the end:

When we start with God’s Word, we don’t need to invent fanciful stories about what might have happened in the unobserved past. His Word provides us with the true history of the universe.

Okay, now tell this story to your kids tonight. They’ll probably look at you like you’re crazed. If they do, you’ll have to beat them until they accept The Truth. It’s the only way to save them from a life of evolutionism, which leads to the Lake of Fire.

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16 responses to “The Rattlesnake and Its Rattle

  1. Some non-rattle bearing snakes do shake their tails as a warning. In April 2015, I was in Belmont County, Ohio on a stratigraphy field trip and was startled by the sound of a rattle. It was a black racer snake (Coluber constrictor constrictor), which lacks a rattle. The rattle sound resulted when it shook its tail against leaf litter – very effective and mildly startling.

  2. A proto-rattlesnake wouldn’t actually have “half a rattle,” just a small bit of tissue which made a little sound. If using that primitive rattle proved more effective at keeping away predators than a silent tail-shake, natural selection would tend to favor that bit of tissue developing into something larger and noisier.

    On the other hand, we do see animals with half a brain, or sometimes none at all. Their natural habitats are institutions such as Answers in Genesis and the Discovery Institute, and they feed on money sucked out of their ignorant followers.

  3. Rattlesnakes don’t seem to appreciate their divine gift so much anymore.

    Of course Ol’Hambo can explain this too. His god explains everything he wants.

  4. I had always thought the rattle originated from the snake’s skin molting process, and each time it molted, another segment was added. No designer involved nor required, thank you.

  5. Not half of anything? But, wait! Old Hambo has half a wit.

    Explain that, Darwinists!

  6. I think it is interesting that Ham has to bring up such trivial items as a snake’s rattle in his futile attempt to falsify one of the best supported theory’s in science. If that’s the biggest argument he can make he is clearly grasping at straws.

  7. I had a similar experience when I was doing field work on a limestone ridge in New York. I heard a muted buzzing rattle in the bushes,and spotted a big black rat snake vibrating the raised tip of his tail in the dried leaves. I wonder if silent rattling that becomes audible rattling with noisy leaves could qualify as half a rattle.

  8. I’ve seen a lot of gopher snakes do the tail-wiggle trick. Not sure why, but its quite common.

  9. My kat does that, too. Just before the fang pounce on my leg.

  10. Fox snakes (Pantherophis gloydi) in Canada rattle their tails. Which came first; a silent animal that warned others so they didn’t step on it or a venomous cousin that could be mimicked?

  11. craigshearer

    It’s funny – people are criticizing Ham on his FB page that the picture in the article is of a bull python and not a rattlesnake! Quite revealing of the competence of creation “scientists”.

  12. Charles Deetz ;)

    Interesting pitch from the great snake oil salesman himself.

  13. I am not a scientist, but the first thing that occurred to me about the wiggling of the tail was – aren’t there lizards that distract a predator by wiggling their tails, and even break them off, so the predator goes after the tail, rather than the some vital organ? The tail can be regenerated. Could it be that a precursor to the rattle as a warning is the rattle as a distraction?

  14. Ham still needs to explain why some poisonous snakes have rattles, and others not. Are they of different “kinds”?

  15. “Observational science demonstrates that nearly 40 rattlesnake species probably belonged to one original created kind.”

    So, yeah, there was a “rattlesnake kind.” I’m sure that was determined after countless hours of research and study.

  16. Is there any mention of rattlesnakes in the Bible? Are there any rattlesnakes native to the lands of the Bible (or are rattles only found in North American snakes)?