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Python's homing trick stuns scientists

burmese python built-in compass slither

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:54 PM

The Burmese python has a built-in compass that allows it to slither home in a near-straight line even if released dozens of kilometres away, researchers said Wednesday.

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 04:13 PM

sneaky little reptiles ~ I wonder what else it is that they know ~

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 04:43 PM

Fascinating article, Still Waters. I wonder if other reptiles have that ability.
Now the ideal situation would be if all those Burmese pythons in the Everglades would find their way back to Burma. LOL

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:05 AM

Well now I know if I ever come across one to drive it to the other end of the world.  Or Canada.  Give it to them.  It'd take it a while to get back from there.


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:06 AM

Well crap...was hoping this was about John Cleese being able to always find his way home.

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:00 AM

'Home' is the key word here ~ all animals ... has a tendency to return to their familiar range of territories ~ another key is whether the particular 'individual' animal regards the area as it's 'territory' as there are other animals too in the area ~ usually one top alpha represented in each area ~ difference is large or small ~

THe natives of the forests/jungles makes claims that the animals 'knows' each other ~ the preys knows of the other top 'predators' in the area 'individually' ~ and senses their presence sooner than others ~ just as some domesticated wild animals 'recognizes' their keepers ~

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