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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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Are elephants afraid of mice?

May 21, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

That elephants are particularly afraid of mice is a widespread belief. In The Lamentable Tragedy of Locrine, a play written about 1595 and formerly often ascribed to Shakespeare, we find: Have you not seen a mighty elephant Slain by the biting of a silly mouse? But the notion that elephants are afraid of mice does …