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Discovery Kids Infrared Rattlesnake: Slithery fun for ages 4 and up

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Discovery Kids Infrared Rattlesnake

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Remote control toys can bring out the kid in all of us. The Discovery Kids Infrared Rattlesnake is one of my own favorites. The snake is a dark sand color with black skin markings and a painted-on rattle. The eyes are red with that really intense angry look that a real rattlesnake displays when he's displeased at having been disturbed. A forked red tongue flicks in and out as he slithers across the floor.

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Now, I'm a reasonable intelligent woman and I know this is just a pretend snake but every time I take it from the box, I pick it up by the tail. I cannot bring myself to pick it up by the head. Those angry eyes get me every time.

The snake has a viper's head and a segmented body that moves in a realistic slithering motion. The mechanism inside his head moves 2 larger wheels that pull his body along, There are 4 sets of smaller wheels along the length of his body that support and move his body along in a realistic slithering motion. He moves easily on flooring but does struggle a bit on carpet. The snake comes with a small USB charging cable which plugs into a port on his belly. The USB end of the cable connects to any USB charging port or a port on your computer. That end of the cable will glow red while it charges the snake. When the light goes off the snake is charged and you can unplug the cable. There is a tiny switch on the snake's belly near the charging port. That powers the snake on. The receiver for instructions from the remote control is a shiny black button on top of the snake's head.

The rattlesnake comes with a small egg-shaped controller which has 3 buttons. Press the center button once to send the snake slithering forward. Press it again and he will stop. As he moves forward, pressing the left button sends him to the left and the right button sends him to the right. If you continue to hold down the left or right button, the snake will slither in a circle until the button is released again. Three LR44 button batteries are included in the box and are for use in the controller. No need to worry about batteries Christmas morning.

On the side of the controller egg is a small switch and the letters A-B-C. You can actually use one controller to direct up to 3 different snakes. Select the letter you wish to assign to the snake and set the switch. Then turn on the toy and press the forward control button to set the channel for that toy. Repeat the process with any additional snakes you want to control with that controller.

A printed instruction sheet is included. It explains how to set channels for up to 3 snakes and how to install the batteries in the controller. There is a picture that shows the location of the charging port on the underside of the snake. It might be hard to find if you don't know where to look.

My cats always help me test out this kind of toy. I wasn't sure how they would take to a snake but brave Thumper wanted to play with it and was fascinated as it slithered across the floor. His sister, Kara, took a dim view of such things and seemed to have a pressing engagement somewhere else. I think little kids would find this particularly entertaining. You will probably find yourself the victim of the occasional snake ambush much to the amusement of your children. It's all in good fun. Be sure to scream in mock terror. They love that.

The Discovery Kids Infrared Rattlesnake is at Bealls Florida for $16 and is also available on Amazon at about $15.

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