Snakes can starve while growing in length

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

“Types of snakes”

In the legends of ancient China tells the story of that dragon once there was a huge sea snake or a giant boa constrictor, swollen from the sea water in the Yangtze river.

Live large Boas and Kharkov zoo. Although to see their usual Kharkiv is unlikely. For the past four years as the entrance to the terrarium of the zoo is closed — emergency building on the brink of destruction. The roof of the cage, consisting of concrete slabs started to crumble. And simple repair in this case is not enough.

Once there was an aquarium for fish the local waters, says head of the Department of amphibians and reptiles of the zoo Olga Kalinovskaya, and when in 1995 marking the centenary of the zoo, was transformed into the current terrarium. Now the zoo management plans to restore the aquarium, and over it to build the pavilion-a terrarium. It remains only to find the money to build.

Thus it happened that now to exhibit a collection of snakes for the zoo anywhere. New housing received only crocodiles, lizards and small amphibians in the premises of the recently renovated monkey house. The rest live in various closed the eyes of the visitors spaces.

In Kharkov zoo today is home to 20 snake species, only about 200 individuals creeping. All of them are tropical snakes that were bred in captivity.

Creeping the oldest inhabitant of the zoo — a female Continue reading

Panama country

Regional assemblages of species of poisonous snakes in different geographical areas may vary depending on your location. In each location the major efforts must be made to be aware of the presence of toxic species, as they are not the dominant species and represent a danger to humans. In addition, they are much better known under local names or simplified compared to the more common and comparatively less dangerous individuals. In Panama, the special distribution received three main families of poisonous snakes, namely: alkoholowe vipers, coral snakes and sea snakes.

Only in the Western hemisphere of the Earth all the vipers are so-called pits, which represent a deepening from the outer side of the upper jaw, between the nose hole and eye, which indicates zoologist Harold Trapido, is sensitive to changes in the ambient temperature of the body. Thanks to its incredible sensitivity, this hole helps to locate and attack warm-blooded animals (of course, when the predator is close enough to potenitally victims). It is considered, among other things, that such amharinya bodies along the lower jaw perform the same functions and have common Boas (or devouring snakes). Even assuming that such a snake is removed and the language she blinded with blackened collodion, it will still be able to produce its fatal bite, aiming for an electric bulb, covered with Continue reading

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