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Post by MrMistery » Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:50 pm

No matter if they bite or not, it would seem stupid not to have antibodies for your own venum to think of it. You would die if you bite your tung :D
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Post by opuntia » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:29 pm

I was thinking that their venom is released from the poison glands as a response to a stimulus?If it's like that then i guess no harm would occur even if they bite each other until it rests in peace :lol:
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Post by Dr.Stein » Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:00 pm

opuntia wrote:
Dr.Stein wrote:They bite each other but the one is not dead, just go away from the area.

Are you sure that they actually bite?...i was thinking ...can't it be what we think we see but not reality?...i mean to us it seems as if they are biting each other but actually not biting?

Yes, I saw the video, firs they "stand" on their body vertically, and then bite each other like a snake bite your arm... The one that stops "standing" and back to horizaontal vertical is the loser.
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Post by opuntia » Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:57 pm

Dr.Stein wrote:Yes, I saw the video, firs they "stand" on their body vertically, and then bite each other like a snake bite your arm... The one that stops "standing" and back to horizaontal vertical is the loser.

I have seen the same thing too ...but on the NGC...i still think that the venom is not being injected into the other snake and i also i think that the release of venom from the poison glands is a response to a stimulus...but of course this could be wrong.
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Post by MrMistery » Thu Jul 21, 2005 7:41 pm

Of course it is the result of a stimulus. A mechanical one....
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Post by opuntia » Sun Jul 24, 2005 5:34 am

MrMistery wrote: A mechanical one....

You mean ...the prey?
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Post by Dr.Stein » Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:42 am

The venom will be released automatically after their jaws embedded into an object, for instance flesh. I used to force snakes to release their venom by pressing their jaws onto latex, which is spreaded over a beaker glass, it is called as "milking".

Another venom is spitted instead of being injected, for instance venom of Cobra "the spitting" snake.
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Post by opuntia » Sun Jul 24, 2005 1:05 pm

Dr.Stein wrote:Another venom is spitted instead of being injected, for instance venom of Cobra "the spitting" snake.

I like that ''spitting'' act :lol:
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Post by Mahlon » Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:04 am

Most venomous snakes are susceptible to their own venom.

An example of this would be in rattlesnakes(pit viper), which are preyed upon by kingsnakes (non-venomous colubrid). It has been witnessed many times before where the rattlesnake will bite itself, and die of the poison before the kingsnake has time to asphyxiate(spelling?) the rattler.

Also I have read on a few of the venomous snake forums about several different types of vipers that accidentally bit themselves while feeding and died as a result.

If I can find any references I'll come back and post them for you guys.

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Post by James » Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:05 am

Are you saying it commits suicide?

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Post by Dr.Stein » Mon Jul 25, 2005 8:34 am

It is called "harakiri" - better commit suicide than being killed by enemy :D
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Post by opuntia » Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:41 pm

Exactly what i'll do if i know i'm about to get killed by an enemy...but the thing is i don't have any enemies :lol:
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