15 disturbing facts about snakes, that you would prefer not to know
Almost all are afraid or do not like snakes. There are three types of people: 1% loves snakes (take the pen, play, house plants), 94% would like to stay away from them. And there are 5% who are afraid of snakes more than anything else. Everyone has a friend: nod on any lace - oh snake! And yet, it has already screams and runs away in terror. So it is easier to die than to stay in a room with snakes. But much do we know about snakes? Most do not know almost nothing - let's fix it.
In fact, snakes are constantly killing people
Do you think this is very rare and exotic - death by snake bite? It depends on where the live. If you live in India - the bad news: every year vipers and cobras bite, more than 80 thousand people, and 10,000 of them die. It is the most dangerous region in terms of activity and aggressive snakes. Clearly, somewhere in Vermont chance to meet a snake a lot less, but I beg you - look at his feet, no matter where you were.
Is there a place on Earth quite without snakes?
The general rule is: the colder the less snakes. Almost safely in the Arctic Circle and Antarctica, but on vacation there is not hitting. A little snake in Iceland, Ireland and New Zealand. In some countries, full of snakes, but in general, most are not poisonous. You need to know that snakes do not want to meet you, they avoid people with all his strength. In fact, there is still a great way to avoid the snakes sitting at home.
Snake Vessey, the favorite of Maine
One of the places where there are no poisonous snakes - the US state of Maine. But they have a snake known as Vessey (consonant with Nessie, the Loch Ness monster). They say it is long, with a huge truck and head at it the size of a soccer ball. Fear, of course, big eyes. The press reported: "In the park area saw a snake that feasted eating large mammal - probably a beaver." What a wonderful place, right in the park, near the playground, a snake the size of a truck eating beaver! Here's where to go on vacation - adventure guaranteed.
Do not mess with the Black Mamba
If you ever watch a movie Tarantino's "Kill Bill", then you probably remember the mention of the black mamba as the most dangerous snake. Most experts agree gerpentologov: black mamba is the most dangerous of all the snakes in the world. Why exactly Mamba - a symbol of terror? What's so terrible? In addition to a strong poison the black mamba damn swift and fast for short distances can reach speeds of over 11 km / h. But this is not the point. Its open mouth - black inside and it seems to many like a coffin that instantly catches horror. Mamba lives in Africa, so that the walk there with renewed caution.
Snake eye devoid century?
Unblinking cold-blooded killer ... fear has big eyes, that only people do not come up with! So why do snakes do not blink? It turns out that is not because they do not have eyelids. Eyelids of snakes is, just can not see them - they are transparent and fused. Thin skin, which protects the eyes when moulting goes along with snake skin a "stocking". So snake mesmerizing sight - pure myth.
Lebanese commandos are so severe that eat live snakes
During the annual ceremony of the Lebanese commandos tear live snakes teeth. Senseless brutality designed to confirm their willingness to defeat the enemy with his bare hands. Yes, probably all it is: if you can break off and eat a live snake, it is likely that you can do a whole bunch of super-hard things on the battlefield. There can be no time for jokes, the poor snake.
Lord Voldemort is no accident so named Nagini
Nagini - a huge poisonous belonging to Lord Lord Voldemort. Sanskrit and Northern Indian languages naga means "king cobra" and naginii - feminine, the female cobra. In "Harry Potter" - a clear reference to the character tales of Kipling, "Riki Tiki Tavi", where the king cobra called revolver (actually the cobra called "Naked", as Kipling almost all the names of animals - just their names in Hindi) . In the Russian translation has taken root transliteration "Nagini", that she entered the "Riki Tiki Tavi" and "Harry Potter."
The rattle rattlesnake?
What-what, rattle, of course! And not just as a rattlesnake seems to say: I'm here, do not come, stay away from me! When rattlesnake excited, it vibrates and rattles tail rings at the tail end, colliding against each other. The result is a sharp buzzing sound. It can be heard at a distance of 20 meters and bypass the snake side.
Fabulous Boomslang exist
Snake-Boomslang, a skin which always someone tried to steal from the laboratory Snape in the "Harry Potter" really exists (Boomslang skin - an important ingredient of magical potions, for example, it is part of the Revolving potions). Its name comes from the African boomslang and means "tree snake". Green eyes bumeslanga perfectly see and snake almost always manage to avoid encounters with humans. But if they are caught, they sting. It is known even about more deaths as a result of the bite Boomslang.
titanoboa were the largest snakes in the world
Those who are afraid of snakes, probably does not need to represent yourself as mastodons looked titanoboa (although they are generally better not read this post). Snakes titanoboa long been extinct, they lived on Earth about 58 million years ago. They were enormous: length is 15 meters, the girth of the trunk was about a meter, and weight - more than a ton. Unfortunately, such beauty in reality we meet not come, but the Giants have layouts in several museums.
Snake coin with
Barbados microhylidae snake or "snake Carla" - the smallest in the world. Adult-baby snake no longer than 10 centimeters. They live only on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean. Completely harmless, they do not even have teeth. Probably why the snake on the verge of extinction (or because the forests where they live, all cut down). And she named the American biologist hedge in honor of his wife, Carla Ann Hass gerpentologa, about the nature of that history is silent.
Taipan - the most poisonous
Australian inland Taipan, as it is called "fierce snake". If you want to look at taypanov live in the central part of Australia. This is the most venomous land of snakes, venom in one bite is enough to kill a hundred people. So it is probably better not to meet with them, they are very fast: at the sight of danger lifted his head and immediately sting repeatedly. Before the invention of the antidote-antidote in 1955 from the bite taypanov died 90% of their victims.
snake Heart movable inside her body
snake heart is not fixed: Due to the lack of aperture snake heart of mobile and able to move inside her body, dodging damage the esophagus when there is something big. So that if a snake eat someone really huge, her heart simply rolled to the side, and then return. The cardiovascular system of snakes have a unique system - the blood of a snake tail passes through the kidneys before returning to the heart. Is not that how wisely arranged all nature?
The unique location of internal organs - not in a human
That's what you do not know for sure: unlike paired human organs, arranged symmetrically, the snake internal organs have an elongated shape, it is asymmetric and single. Some of the snakes' bodies before had a couple, but in the course of evolution have lost their significance and become unpaired. Most snakes only one lung, the second is usually developed rudimentary.
Deadly poisonous or slightly toxic - it is better not to experiment
The poison of vipers and cobras, of course, different from that friend can pour you a glass of. Eaten poison and poisonous snake bite somewhere sheyu- different things, and in the second case the action is much faster. Harmful or fatal, probably never know, individual reaction to the venom can be unpredictable. We hope you never have to learn about it in real life. And remember that the snake can not harm you, if it is located. Look at his feet, stay away from the snake and take care!