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Can snakes poison themselves?

May 26, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Naturalists are agreed that venomous snakes are immune to their own poison when it is swallowed. There is a difference of opinion, however, as to whether snakes are susceptible to their own poison when it is injected into their blood. The late Raymond L. Ditmars believed they were not. On the other hand, reputable authorities state that rattlesnakes …

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Can snakes bite through leather shoes?

May 20, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Such snakes as the bushmaster, rattlesnake and Gaboon viper have long, powerful fangs and are able, under favorable circumstances, to bite through soft leather and rubber of the thickness generally used in making shoes, boots and leggings. No species of snake, however, is able to bite through the hard, thick leather used in heavy boots, …

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Does the pilot snake pilot other snakes?

January 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

The pilot snake, Elaphe obsoleta, gets its popular name from the curious belief that it precedes rattlesnakes and warns them of the approach of danger. According to one version of the belief, the pilot snake is neither male nor female, but a “neuter” rattlesnake that devotes its time to piloting other snakes around. Another version …

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