Randall the Rattlesnake is on a Mission
After Hibernating for the Winter
He really needs something to Eat.
But while Randall has been Hibernating
A new Six Lane Highway has been built
Cutting His Hunting Ground in half
But what does Randall know about Highways
He is after all a Rattlesnake
Randall the Rattlesnake Slithers from His Winter Den
And Smells the Desert Air with His Forked Tongue
And He Smells Rat
So He heads off following His Tongue
He can feel the Heat from the Sun Warming His Body
Than He feels a strange hard surface beneath His Belly
Nothing like Sand at all.
He decides to keep going.
Hunger over rules every other Sense
So He Zig Zags real Fast to get to the Other side of the Road
He could Think that He is a Chicken
But before He can reach the other side
He feels a big Vibration underneath Him
Then He spots a Huge dark Shape Racing towards Him
Randall Slithers and Slides as Fast as He can
It is going to be a close call
Randall can feel the Sand beneath Him again
But His Tail is still on the Hard surface
Then He feels a Hit to His Rear Section
And when He Looks back He can See something that
belongs to Him.
One Squashed Rattle.
But Randall the Rattlesnake isnt to worried
He is in His favourite feeding spot
And when He sheds His Skin
The first Nodule of His new Rattle will have formed
Over the next few Months Randall has Shed His Skin
a few times.
But there is still no sign of a new Rattle
Now Randall is worried.
How can He be a Rattlesnake without a Rattle?
He can do nothing but watch as all the other Male Rattlesnakes
shake their Rattles.
To show who has the biggest and the loudest.
Plus how is He supposed to attract a Female without a Rattle?
You have to Shake Your Money Maker to Stand out from the Crowd
And His Money Maker is Squashed out on the Highway.
So Randall the Rattlesnake Fills His Belly with His favourite
Than He Silently Slithers away.
He is tired of all the Teasing and all the Talking behind His Back
Then He picks up a Smell that He doesnt like
The Smell of Humans
Normally He would avoid Them at all Costs
But than He Thinks again maybe They can help?
As He gets closer He gets a whiff of Marijuana
And the Sound of a Party
A couple of Girls are Dancing and Shaking a Noisy
A Contraption called Castanets.
After a while the Girls take a Break.
And the Castanets are dropped to the Ground
So Randall Slithers in and picks up the Castanets with His Tail
And just like a Snake in the Grass
He is out of there.
Randall the Rattlesnake Drags those Castanets all the way Home
And He is as proud as Punch
So He starts Shaking those Castanets
He is really going to Town.
All of the Female Rattlesnakes start to Dance
Cavorting all of their Scales.
They seem Primed for some Interaction.
But than one of the Male Rattlesnakes grabs the Castanets
And He Throws Them down a Steep Sad Dune.
Jealousy is Rife in the Rattlesnake World.
So now Randall the Rattlesnake will have to come up with
another Plan of Attack.
Maybe He could Play the Saxophone?
Or Strum a Serenade on the Guitar?
Or Maybe He could Sing a Lullaby with His Forked Tongue
But deep down Randall knows that Original is always best
So He will have to find another replacement Rattle
So once again He is on the Hunt for a new Tail Section
Something Sporty that will attract some Attention
Maybe get it lowered.
But than He remembers that He is a Rattlesnake
And there is nothing lower than a Snakes Belly.
So again Hr has to find a new Rattle
Surely there are Replacement Rattles somewhere?
Maybe Rattles R Us?
Or maybe He could Shop Online?
Randall is growing Tired from all the Rattle Hunting.
But He knows that He wont be a proper Rattlesnake without
So He Heads off in Search of His Holy Grail.
And soon He finds Himself in the Human Settlement once
Right Outside a Neon Sign.
He Looks up.
But a Rattlesnakes Eyesight isnt the best
About the same as Mr Magoo
But the Sign Reads ‘Discount Percussion Instruments’
Randall Slides right Inside
And He cant His Luck.
He Curls His Tail around some Charca’s and a Maraca than a
Andon His way out He grabs Himself a Tambourine.
It takes a big effort.
But He finally arrives Home.
He Sets up all of His new Rattles.
And He starts to Play.
The Sound Fills the Desert Air.
Randall the Rattlesnake is a Natural
All of the other Rattlesnakes start to Groove and Undulate
They Dance and Move for Hours.
When the Instruments stop Playing
Silence fills the Air.
Well what did You expect
Snakes dont have Hands so They couldnt Clap
And They cant Stand up.
So there wasnt any Standing Ovation.
Then all of the Snakes Intertwine
And They make Happy in the Sand
Randall joins in.
And for the first time since He lost His Rattle
He feels part of the Group again.
Now Randall the Rattlesnake is very Happy
After Shedding His Skin Six more Times
The first Nodule of His new Tail has finally appeared.
Soon He will have a Brand New Rattle
Plus Four or Five Spares.
Plus His Percussion Instrument Playing has proven so Popular
He is going out on Tour
Who could ask for More?