The Subtle Beast: Snakes, From Myth to Medicine (Science by Andre Menez

By Andre Menez

Textual content introduces readers to the complicated and soaking up global of snakes. contains the beginning, positive factors, and category of snakes; an outline of snake venoms and their elements; an evidence of the way venoms are valuable to us; and describes numerous legendary and supernatural ideals approximately snakes. Hardcover, softcover to be had.

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They are called ovoviviparous. This strategy offers considerable advantages for snakes which live in cold countries, but is also seen in some snakes native to warmer climes, like boas. It affords clear advantages for marine snakes whose offspring are born underwater. Immediately after birth, the young swim to the surface where they breathe for the first time. Skin sloughing The sloughing of skin is not unique to snakes. We, too, constantly lose dead epidermal cells. 5 Parturition in Crotalus durissus.

They regulate their body temperature by exploiting various behavioural attitudes such as warming themselves in the sun. For instance, the yellow-bellied sea snakes (Pelamis platurus) remain so still in the sun at the surface of tropical seas that they can be approached quite closely provided, of course, that no noise is made. European vipers also sun themselves, often on top of a log which isolates them from the ground. Snakes even seek warmth at night and, in tropical regions, they often rest on tracks which have accumulated heat during the day.

3 The sidewinding movement is useful to limit the contact of the body with the ground (dark regions). Adapted from Ernst and Zug in Snakes in Question, published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1996. What are snakes? the mobile parts of the body to be raised. This is probably advantageous when moving on very hot land because the snake’s body has little contact with the ground. There is also the caterpillar-like movement which allows snakes to move slowly in a fairly straight line, mostly by anchoring the ventral (belly) scales and successively extending and compressing the body.

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