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- The Bamboo pit viper's fangs are a hollow tube hooked up to
venom producing sacks behind the
snakes eyes. Bamboo pit
viper fangs are so long that they fold up to the roof of the
viper's mouth so they wont bite themselves.
- If a snake loses a fang, it will simply grow another one.
- Bamboo pit vipers hunt mostly at night by using heat sensing
- Ever wonder how a snake can
breath when their mouth is full of
prey? Snakes have small tubes
in the back of their throat that
stick out far enough to draw air in so they won't pass
out while trying to swallow.
- A snakes throat takes up to a third of its body.
- Why do snakes not blink? Because they don't have eyelids!
Instead, snake eyes are covered with a clear scale called a
- How does a pit viper smell? Not with its nose! Instead, a snake
sticks out its tongue to collect scents. When the tongue
is drawn back in the mouth it touches the Jacobson's organ on
the roof of the mouth, which tells the pit viper what it is
Did you know all snakes, including the Bamboo pit viper are
deaf. While they cannot hear, snakes can sense vibrations
with the Jacobson's organ to give them a sense of what's
Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes.
Want to read more about snakes?
Here's some great websites on snakes by my fellow
Organismal Biology classmates. Check them out
see how much variety there is among snakes.
Like the Bamboo pit viper, this
snake is a member of the pit vipers
and they are both in the Viperidae
family. This snake and the
Bamboo pit viper are pretty
similar-both having pit organs and
hemotoxic venom- but each have
adopted to their different niche.
banded water snake
Both the Bamboo pit viper and this
snake are in the Squamata order, but
this snake lacks the pit organs and
is not venomous.
The eastern massasauga Rattlesnake
This snake is also a member of the
pit vipers and is found in dry
regions North America, as opposed to
the wet regions of India the Bamboo
pit viper resides in.
The cottonmouth is yet another
member of the pit vipers. This
snakes lives in the southern United
States, and much of its diet is the
same as the Bamboo pit viper's diet
Though the Bamboo pit viper and the
python both in the order Squamata,
these two snakes are very different.
The Python does not use venom to
capture its prey, instead the python
squeezes its prey to death.
This snake also hunts much larger
prey and can therefore grow much
larger then the Bamboo pit viper.
The Inland Taipan
Like the Bamboo pit viper, this is a
venomous snake, However, this
snake has earned the nickname
'fierce snake' because it is the
most venomous land snake known.
This snake lives in the rough
Australian outback, and if you ever
see it run the other way!
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