10 Of The Most Fascinating Snake Facts
It’s a big world with many surprising things that are still not known to us. Quite often is the case when the most simple of creatures in the animal kingdom remain both intriguing and mysterious at the same time. Just when you may have thought you knew everything that there was to know about your favorite animals, more facts can come out to surprise you even more. Below is a list of ten amazing snake facts that many people do not know.
The Snake House
Have you ever asked and wondered what it would be like to live in a den of snakes? Such Idaho residents as Ben and Amber Sessions would be able to answer this question for you. Not too many years ago, the Session family had the opportunity to purchase a cost-efficient home and took the deal without giving it any real consideration. It would become clear quite quickly about why the previous family had moved out. It turns out that the real estate agent had fooled them into believing a contrived story that the previous owners couldn’t keep up with mortgage payments, instead of the real truth about the snakes. It wouldn’t be long after they moved in, when Ben and Amber would begin to hear sounds of crawling creatures inside their walls. Soon after that, they discovered 8 garter snakes were living in the home because the foundation of the house had been built upon a hibernaculum, which is where the slithering creatures had been sleeping for the winter. In the end, the couple would flee the infested home and go bankrupt.
The Snake That Can Feel Your Heartbeat
For Boa constrictors that are 18 feet (5.5 meters) long, they are armed with the special capability of sensing the heartbeats of their prey. This means that if a Boa were wrapping you up and ready to put the squeeze to you, there’s no way you could fake playing dead. At Dickinson College there were researches that installed a fake heart instrument with simulated beats into a dead rat. The snake took time to observe the heartbeat and let its prey go earlier as soon as the beat had stopped entirely. When the beat of the heart had continued on for more than 20 minutes, the snake deemed it impossible to kill its prey and gave up. This experiment proved that the snake can sense heart beats in living creatures.
Snake Stealing Poison From Toad Frogs
The Japanese snake known as the Yamakagashi or Tiger Keelback is essentially a non-poisonous snake. It turns out that they borrow venom from toxin toad frogs as they are chewing on them, and from there they preserve the toxin in their two nuchal glands which are located on the back of their necks. What might seem more incredible is that when these snakes are battling their predators, this poison (called bufadienolides) moves to their fangs where they can use it to attack. The snakes are even brilliant enough to alter the poison to render it more reliable. Being bitten and infected with this poison can cause heart attacks, breathing trouble and ultimately death in severe cases.
Such animals as female turkeys, sharks, chickens and even Komodo dragons have all been known to give birth without conception derived from a male. During 2012, a group of researchers had been studying copperhead and cottonmouth snake eggs in North America. Soon after, they were amazed to find that nearly 2. 5 to 5% of pit vipers had been delivering virgin births. This occurrence is known as ‘facultative parthenogenesis” but it is not understood why it happens. All that is known is that the haploid cells that are induced from the male are required to make the babies.
One Tribe vs Giant Snakes
On the largest island of the Philippines known as Luzon, a native tribe lives next to some monster pythons that have been known to grow over 7 meters in length and sometimes weigh as much as 75 kilograms. The natives known as “Agta” have had roughly 1/4 of their men attacked from these snakes and have the scars to prove it. Reports show that six people have been killed by these snakes and two babies swallowed alive between the 1940s and 1970s. Whether true or not, the Agta trible claims that every one of their men has gone on to kill at least one of these snakes within their lifetime. The biggest struggle between these people and the serpents is over food. But technology and modernization have now contributed to the Agta people giving up their forest land and aged primitive ways of life.
Snakes That Get Automatically Tied Into Knots
If you have never heard of the “Inclusion Body Disease” then you will now learn that it was a peculiar, awful and un-stoppable virus that attacked the serpents of Steinhart Aquarium during 2009 in California. One of the possible factors behind the virus could be Arenavirus, which immediately attacks the sufferer’s brain. Some of the distressing impacts of the virus are vomiting, drunk-acting snakes that sway to and fro, as well the snakes rubbing up against their own bodies and getting tied up into knots that cannot be reversed without human help. Fortunately this virus is not contagious to human beings.
Snakes As Military Weapons
Call it intelligent or tricky warfare if you will, during the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s-70s the Viet Cong soldiers had been making use of underground tunnels in order to avoid the American air raids. Once this strategy had been discovered, the Americans began to sneak fatal rats into the tunnels to hunt down and hurt the enemy. To counter this, the Viet Cong started to strategically place bamboo vipers into the tunnels that the Americans were beginning to use. The Americans would go on to call these snakes “one step” or “two step” snakes due to the deadly bite that would compel the victim to walk more sluggishly by the second until they dropped dead from the poison. The Vietnamese learned to hide these snakes well within hollow bamboo sticks.
The Cobra Village
In north-eastern Thailand, the native community recognized as the Ban Kok Sa Nga are known to have a hazardous enthusiasm for snakes. The majority of homes in the village have wooden crates placed outside where long hissing snakes reside. There was a doctor in this region that was alive during the 1950s and he proposed that the villagers should start breeding cobras and start putting on special shows in order to put the region a little more on the map (popularity-wise). And wouldn’t you know it absolutely did the trick. Now every year there is a circus held where snake games are arranged, one of them being a cobra boxing match where the snake handler angers the snake into attempting to strike him while he dodges in good fun. To these people it is nothing to be handling snakes, as the children are even taught to handle them and love them like pets – even though the threat of the cobra remains deadly. One snake handler named Bualee Chai has been bitten by snakes 21 times and has become a little disfigured as a result.
The Claw Footed Snake
If you can imagine a snake with a foot then you should know that scientists at West Normal University in Nanchang, China discovered such an instance. It was dead when they found it because 66-year old Dean Quiongxui killed it herself. An autopsy was carried out on the snake where the results were shocking but kept away from the public eye. It should be known that finding a snake with legs isn’t as bizarre as most would conceive. The fact that some of them have had legs is evidence that more of them had legs a long time ago – with remains of limbs and hips on skeletons found as well. While under such favorable conditions such as polluted ambience, evolution may be able to bring back the ability for snakes to crawl the land again.
The Viper That Turns Adults Into Kids
There is a deadly viper in Southeast Asia known a Russell’s Pit Viper and it has killed many people annually. They normally contain around 40 to 70 milligrams of venom that can literally turn a person’s blood into gelatin which will result in death, or at a minimum a loss of sex drive, fertility and psychological stability. Victims of this bite can also undergo muscle decline and hair loss while women start losing the curvature of their bodies. If those things weren’t enough, Russell’s Pit Viper bites can cause massive internal bleeding, hindered hormone production and hemorrhaging of the pituitary gland.