Saturday, February 7

Ever Wonder


Just an interesting fact to ponder:

how does a snake respond to its own venom? found it here

The question whether all snakes are immune to their own venom is not yet definitely settled. Most snakes certainly are,[citation needed] and it is a remarkable fact that certain harmless species, such as the North American Coronella getula and the Brazilian Rhacidelus brazili, are proof against the venom of the crotalines which frequent the same districts, and which they are able to overpower and feed upon. The Cribo, Spilotes variabilis, is the enemy of the Fer-de-lance in St. Lucia, and it is said[who?] that in their encounters the Cribo is invariably the victor. Repeated experiments have shown the European Common Snake, Tropidonotus natrix, not to be affected by the bite of Vipera berus and Vipera aspis, this being due to the presence, in the blood of the harmless snake, of toxic principles secreted by the parotid and labial glands, and analogous to those of the venom of these vipers.[citation needed]

In all honesty, even if a snake is not poisonous can it really be considered "Harmless"?

5 comments:

Dan-Eric Slocum said...

I actually have wondered about this VERY question-- especially when I see video of them crawling all over each other on animal shows-- captured in bags, etc...

runmotman said...

If you buy my blog for 5 mil , i'll buy yours ... deal ?

and you're right , all snakes are dangerous , or at least scary.

Anonymous said...

WHAT KIND OF SNAKE IS THIS!!!!!!! THATS ALL I WANT TO KNOW!

Gregory said...

believe it is an eastern diamond back rattle snake, but could be a western diamond back

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