Snakes are some of the most widely feared and revered animals in all of history. They've inspired myths and legends and continue to play big ecological roles in nature and symbolic roles in popular culture. Their allure often obscures true snake facts, but scientists have learned a great deal about these reptiles.
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Snakes Are PolyphyodontsPolyphyodonts are animals that continually replace their teeth throughout their lives. Snakes are included in this classification. Non-venomous snakes have rows of replaceable teeth and no fangs.Is this interesting?
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The Inland Taipan Is The Most Venomous Snake In The WorldCommonly called the fierce snake, these are found in the arid regions of central Australia. Snake venom toxicity is measured by median lethal dose, written as LD50. In testing on rats, the LD50 for inland taipan venom is .000025 grams per kilogram of body mass. To put that in perspective, the amount of venom an inland taipan can deliver in a single bit is potent enough to kill 100 adult human males.Is this interesting?
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The Black Mamba Is The Most Dangerous Snake In The WorldKill Bill got this one dead right. Black mambas may not technically be the most venomous snakes in the world but they are widely considered the most dangerous. They're very fast as far as snakes go and can lift up to a third of their body off the ground in defensive stances. They're extremely territorial and can deliver multiple envenoming bites in a single strike, in rapid succession.Is this interesting?
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The Deadliest Snakes In The World Are The 'Big Four'
The Big Four are a group of venomous snakes all native to the Indian Subcontinent that result in the greatest number of snake bites and induced fatalities in the region. They are the Russell's viper (pictured above), the Indian cobra, the saw-scaled viper, and the common krait. Conservative estimates hold that 81,000 envenomings and 11,000 induced deaths occur in India every year from these snakes collectively, making for the highest rate of snake bites and deaths in the world as well.Is this interesting?