10 most common myths about snakes
Snake - one of the most mysterious inhabitants of our planet. Primitive hunters at a meeting with any snake in a hurry to escape from her flight, knowing that just one bite is able to condemn to death. Fear helps to avoid bites, but disturbed to learn more about these mysterious creatures. And where precise knowledge is not enough, the gaps filled fantasy and speculation, with lids more sophisticated becomes.
And, despite the fact that many of these reptiles already fairly well understood, old, passed down from generation to generation, rumors and legends about snakes still own the minds of people. In order to somehow break this vicious circle, we gathered 10 most common myths about snakes and refuted them.
snakes drink milk
This myth for many of us has become known for the product of Conan Doyle's "The Speckled Band". In fact, the attempt to drink milk snake can be fatal: they do not digest lactose in principle.
Attacking snakes sting
For unknown reasons, many people believe that a snake sting his sharp, forked at the end of the tongue. Snake bite teeth, like all other animals. Language serves them entirely for other purposes.
Snakes before throwing, threatening, sticks out his tongue
As already mentioned, a snake's tongue is not intended to attack. The fact is that snakes have no nose, and all the receptors they are located on the tongue. Therefore, to better smell the smell of production and determine its location, the snakes have to stick your tongue.
Most snakes are poisonous
Of the known serpentologam two thousand species of snakes have only 400 fangs. Of these, only 9 are found in Europe. The most poisonous snakes in South America - 72 species. The rest almost equally distributed across Australia, Central Africa, Southeast Asia, Central and North America.
You can "protect" the snake, snatching her teeth
For a while it really can work. But teeth grow back again, and the snake during their growth without being able to express a poison can become seriously ill. And by the way, the snake is not possible nadressirovat - for them, any more than a person does not just warm wood.
Snakes always attack at the sight of people
Statistics show that most of the snake bite humans in self-defense. If the snake hisses at the sight of you and making threatening motions - it means that it just wants to be left alone. Once you step back a little, and the snake immediately hidden from view, hastening to save his life.
Snakes can be fed with meat
Most snakes eat rodents, there are species that eat frogs and fish and even carnivorous reptiles. A king cobra, for example, prefer to eat only snakes of other species. So, exactly what to feed your snake is up to the snake itself.
Snakes are cold to the touch
Snakes are typical representatives of cold-blooded animals. And so the snake's body temperature is the same as the ambient temperature. Therefore, not being able to maintain an optimum body temperature (slightly higher than 30 ° C), so like snake warm sun.
Snakes covered with mucus
Another tale, which has no snakes irrelevant. The skin of these reptiles practically free of iron and coated with a smooth dense scales. It is because of this touch-made snakeskin shoes, bags and even clothing.
Snakes entwine the branches and trunks of trees
Quite often you can see a picture serpent, entwine the trunk of the tree of knowledge. However, it has nothing to do with their actual behavior. Snakes are collected on the branches of trees and lie on them to twist their body is their them completely useless.