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Tentacled Snakes Born At Smithsonian's Zoo

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#1    Karlis

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

A group of tentacled snakes was born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Tentacled snakes spend their lives in water and use their tails to steady themselves as they wait to ambush their prey. Recent research has focused on how the snakes use their sharp hunting skills to scare fish right into their mouths. A study detailed in the journal PLoS ONE in 2010 showed that the adept predators have evolved a mechanism to capture spooked prey that end up parallel to their heads instead of in front of the snake's open jaws. Apparently, their nervous systems allow them to predict where a fish prey will end up when startled.
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:58 AM

Maybe since they have these in captivity they can find out more about them.


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:14 PM

Cool! Scaring your dinner into your mouth!! :clap:

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:29 PM

VERY cool

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