Biologist Marshall Mackey (Marshall McCue ) from University of Arkansas (University of Arkansas ) undertook a study of the biological mechanism that enables some snakes to starve for up to two years.
For that, he spent 168 days observed 62 individuals of three snake species (distant relatives): Royal Python, white snake and Texas gramatnica.
Macku followed physiological, compositional and morphological changes of the snakes and found that snakes can reduce their metabolic rate by 72%! For this they use a special survival strategy in the absence of food, is not peculiar to any of vertebrates.
The rate at 72% is shocking, as “snakes and so consume little energy, and we still didn’t know how they manage to reduce energy consumption to such a low level”, ” says Marshall.
What’s even more amazing is the fact (also found by Makku) that snakes on loss from 9.3% to 24.4% of initial body weight continued to grow in length (especially increased size of the head – just like those snakes).
Day 168 to study rattlesnakes showed a record decline in the intensity of metabolism. He was only 28 per cent. Snakes reduced the metabolism to the bar in 55%. At the same time, the pythons, the maximum decrease in the intensity Continue reading
When you say. In Cyprus you can meet a snake, do not be afraid! It happens very rarely and in certain places. On the beaches are virtually impossible to find snakes, as well as on the territory of the city. They like to dwell in gardens and vineyards, where many small inhabitants of the forest, which feed on predators. In Cyprus there are about eight species of snakes, three species of them are poisonous to humans. But the last case, fixing the bite with lethal outcome was recorded about twelve years ago. Most snakes are not dangerous to humans. They are rarely fit for human habitation.
«In Cyprus, you are more likely to die from an accident than from a snake bite” – said the expert on snakes Hans-Joerg-Will.
For fans of extreme and extravagant travelers, we offer you to visit a snake farm. It is not far from Coral Bay. The farm was opened in 1996 by the Australian Hans-Joerg-Bedlam, as you know Australia is famous for real masters on snakes. The reptile Park is working to protect snakes and demonstrate harmlessness of reptiles.
Experts on snakes say that Cyprus is a favourite place for snakes, even a Paradise, as it is warm and always warm sun, so here they bred rapidly.
In the centre for the protection of snakes is possible to see different species of snakes. The guide tells in detail about the life of reptiles, as well as the facts that you did not know before. Continue reading
How much do we know about Sea serpents?
And that not having very many species and subspecies.They live in the tropics and subtropics,two oceans, the Indian Pacific,from Japan to the North,to Tasmania and New Zealand in the South,from Africa,California and Peru in the East.In the Atlantic there is not one species of sea snakes.Their habitat is rocky coasts of Islands,algae and sea grass.
Sometimes there are hundreds of thousands.They are woven with tangles and prefer to lie on the bottom.Some species of snakes feel comfortable as in seawater and in freshwater,in rivers so a lot of them.On the rivers they rise to the top for hundreds of kilometers,but then still down towards the sea,the sea is the source of their food.
In food they use smaller fish and various inhabitants of the deep sea.Some snakes are able to swallow food bigger than the weight of the snake several times.Only one sea snake that has the exotic name Bonito,lives apart for many hundreds of kilometers from the coast.She hunts only when on the sea surface calm,the fish rises to the top and at this point,palamida begins the hunt.
The venom of this Continue reading