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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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What is a madstone?

March 14, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Alternative Medicine

Madstones are certain objects popularly believed to have the power of “sucking” poison from wounds made by mad dogs and venomous snakes. They are supposed to be especially efficacious in preventing hydrophobia or rabies. Belief in the magical properties of madstones was formerly almost universal in America. Abraham Lincoln believed in madstones and when his …

Do snakes live in Ireland?

March 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

There are no native snakes in Ireland. The viviparous lizard is the only reptile found native on the Emerald Isle. Occasionally snakes are brought into Ireland or escape from packages of imported foodstuffs. A few years ago a small harmless snake less than two feet in length was found in Dublin. It attracted so much …

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What is a hoop snake?

February 1, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

One of the most persistent snake myths in the United States deals with reptiles known as the stinging snake or hoop snake. This snake, according to the belief, has a venomous stinger in its tail that works like that of a wasp. The snake, it is said, forms itself into a hoop by putting its …

Do snakes go blind during dog days?

January 9, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

There is only a grain of truth in the old belief that snakes go blind during dog days. Before sloughing its skin a snake assumes a dull grayish color and appears to be blind. Shortly before shedding, the eyes of snakes have a milky appearance, owing to the separation of the outer layer of the …

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