Showing posts with label snakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snakes. Show all posts

Friday, November 7, 2008

Anaconda Snakes Pictures: Updated and Explained!


Author: Michael Gutemberg

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yetis and the Loch Ness Monster have been reported for centuries yet there have been no verifiable proof of any of these creatures! For cryptozoologists, though, the theory they may exist is utterly fascinating. Likewise, for anyone who is interested in zoology and cryptozoology the anaconda is an equally fascinating study.

Unlike the aforementioned creatures, we know anacondas exist and have ourseles enough substantial proof with available anaconda snakes pictures from reputable sources. What we do not know, however, is how big these snakes actually get. Reported sightings of giant anacondas are where the scientific community holds the most interest thanks to many Hollywoof events to say the least!

What we know about these creatures is that they are accepted to be the world largest known snakes for length and girth. They are found in the South American rain forests and are rather shy creatures which are the foundation of a lot of mystery surrounding them.

There are reported cases from explorers and natives of anacondas reaching over one hundred feet in length. However, there is no verification that this is, indeed, the case. In fact, there is much dispute over how large these creatures can actually get.

A study in Brazil of over one thousand anacondas revealed the average length to be approximately seventeen feet. However, we also know that they can get upwards to just around the thirty feet range. Even while the reported incidents of fifty to one hundred foot anaconda sightings are met with some skepticism, there are still two cases of anacondas measuring over thirty feet that are widely held to be accurate, though no concrete evidence of such is easily verifiable.

In 1944 an expedition shot an anaconda that was subsequently measured at thirty seven feet and six inches long. The snake was believed to be dead but apparently it was not. The reptile escaped before pictures could even be taken!

A renowned scientist, Vincent Roth, also reportedly measured an anaconda to be approximately thirty four feet in length. However, as with the 1944 example, no anaconda snakes picture was taken to prove this claim. Even so, many in the scientific community believe both instances to have some validity to them.

Expeditions to South America have resulted in numerous anaconda pictures throughout the years. It is undeniable that these magnificent creatures are large and imposing. However, the more outrageous claims of snakes growing over fifty feet are somewhat unbelievable. Even if pictures are taken the angle and scale can be skewed and perception can be altered to where it is difficult to determine the actual size.

For cryptozoologists, the discovery of any anaconda over thirty feet would be an incredible boon for the scientific community. This is one of the main reasons these creatures are studied at length and expeditions occur regularly for their study.

Nowadays anyone who captures or finds a dead anaconda of such proportions will likely be sure to have the anaconda snakes picture taken in order to prove their claims. In addition, it is likely that an attempt would be made to capture the snake. Until that time, though, the community at large will take the somewhat delusional though opinion that they can grow from thirty to 100 feet. We just have to thank Hollywood sometimes!

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Black Mamba

by David Meisel

Latin Name: Dendroaspis polylepis

Age: Up to 12 years in captivity has been recorded.

Colour: The body of the black mamba is grey to brown in colour. The only true black colour is the inside mouth lining.

The black mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa averaging 2 – 2.5 m (6.5 ft – 8.2 ft), with really large specimens reaching lengths of 4.2 m (13.8 ft). The black mamba is a very nervous and fast moving snake capable of moving at speeds of up to 20km/hour (12.4 miles/hour). While moving they are capable of lifting their bodies 2 thirds of the ground, giving them a good all-round view of their surroundings.

If cornered and threatened they can be extremely dangerous and won’t hesitate to strike. Like most snakes mambas are very shy and would rather avoid confrontations and move out of sight before being seen.

The black mamba is much feared and considered by many to be the most dangerous snake in Africa. The reason for this is their aggressive behaviour and potent venom which is predominantly neuro-toxic. A single bite can kill the average man in an hour. A person that is allergic to bees can die within 20 minutes if bitten by a black mamba! The neuro-toxic venom consists mainly of proteins that enter the blood-stream and bond on to the ends of the nerves where the nerves join onto the different muscles. These proteins block off the nerve impulses from the brain which then stops the heart from pumping as well as the muscles which expand and contract the lungs, followed soon by death.

Polyvalent anti-venom is available but many doctors prefer not to use it as there are numerous cases of people having allergic reaction to the anti-venom which often consists of the white-blood cells from horses. The alternative treatment that hospitals often use is to put the patient on a life-support machine to keep the heart pumping as well as artificial respirators to keep the lungs going. They keep the machines on until the body is strong enough once again to sustain its self.

The mamba’s venom is very effective for immobilizing its prey. Within just a few seconds of biting it prey, it dies from respiratory failure. Their diet consists of mainly small mammals such as; rats, mice, squirrels, dassies (hyraxes) as well as birds.

The black mamba will often have a permanent lair if not disturbed too often. A typical mamba lair would be a hollow in a tree or in the cavities of old termite mounds. They are not considered an arboreal species but can often be seen warming up on cold days high in trees. Black mambas are not territorial as they don’t scent-mark the areas they live in and they defend areas against other mambas.

Breeding takes place in the early spring. After a successful copulation the eggs develop in the female’s body for about 60 days. Mature females lay between 15 and 25 eggs which are often hidden within termite mounds. The eggs incubate for about 60 days before hatching. The hatchlings are about 50 cm (20 inches) in length and totally independent after leaving the eggs.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Personality of the Snake

By Monica Potter

Snake people, both men and women, are typical idealists. They are full of strength, warm-hearted but seems indifferent. In the face of new friends, snakes are tend to protect themselves, however, once you become familiar, he will take a good care of you.

Once the Snake meets someone he like, he will not start to pursue immediately. Snake people want to know their lovers completely, means no secrets. The Snake likes being surrounded by people they love, until they are subdued in their charm and magic power.

The Snake will strive for whatever they like. They work hard so they can achieve certain success, but they are stingy naturally and suspicious, so they sometimes can't get along with others very well.

Snake people like doing research, without thorough investigation, they won't believe anything. Because of the strong curiosity, they would like to detect private things of other people and having fun.

Snakes have firm will and can concentrate on one thing for a long time. They usually are good at earning money, this personality makes them very attractive.

Lazy is the one of the most obvious characteristics of snake people, and the only real enemy of them. They have to struggle with themselves for a long time before they can get started to move. Although they often have great ambition, but that won't make them success.

Is 2008 the Snake's lucky year? The site below has some articles of forecast that you can read.

Resource: http://www.chinesezodiacs.org/Personality_of_the_Snake.html

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Black Mamba Snake

Author: peterhutch

Black mambas are one of Africa’s most dangerous and feared snakes. Nothing is truer when you are standing in front of big black mamba hissing loudly, mouth gaping, striking rapidly in your direction. But are all the frightening stories about black mambas true? I don’t think so. On the African continent many myths are told about these wonderful creatures. Stories abound about black mambas chasing people for miles, attacking when they notice you and visiting houses to kill every single person inside. All are exaggerations.

Black mambas live in the savannas and rocky hills of southern and eastern Africa. They are Africa’s longest venomous snake, reaching up to 14 feet (4.5 meters) in length, although 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) is more the average. They are also among the fastest snakes in the world, slithering at speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour (20 kilometers per hour).

A black mamba family was observed on the banks of the Limpopo River. There were three mambas, each about 2,5 meters long, occupying a heap of large creeper-covered boulders near a river bank. Sugar birds would hover near the creeper, virtually motionless despite their whirring wings as they gathered nectar, pursuing one another in swift, darting flight, seemingly unaware of the snakes.

Black Mamba Snake Description

Adult Black mamba snakes have an average length of 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) and a maximum length of 4.5 metres (14 feet). The Black mamba snake receives it's name from the black colouration inside of it's mouth, rather than their skin colour which is a grey to olive tone. The Black mamba snake is the fastest moving snake in the world, capable of moving up to 20 km/h (12.5 mph). However it uses this speed to evade danger, rather than catch prey.

Behavior

A single bite from a Black Mamba may inject enough venom to kill 20-40 grown men, easily killing one unless the appropriate anti-venom is administered in time. When cornered, they will readily attack. When in the striking position, the mamba flattens its neck, hisses very loudly and displays its inky black mouth and deadly fangs.

Habitat

Black mambas can be found generally in Eastern Africa, from southern Ethiopia to southwest Africa. They prefer the open areas and will settle in spots such as savannahs, rocky areas and open woodlands. They will settle down in the same spot nightly and tend to be diurnal or day hunters. They like to occupy empty termite mounds, rocky crevices, burrows and hollow trees.

Breeding

This takes place in spring and early summer. Males may travel long distances looking for females. After mating, the snakes return to their own holes. Females lay between 10 and 25 eggs, usually in decaying vegetation. The decomposition of the vegetation gives off heat, which helps to warm the eggs and speed up hatching time. The shells of the eggs allow water and oxygen to reach the developing embryos.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Snakes, They Really Aren't That Bad

Snakes, They Really Aren't That Bad
By Joshua Biggar

Some are scaly, some are smooth. Some are skinny, some are stout. Some are long, some are short. They've been around since the Garden of Eden - and Thanks to that sinister serpent, they've gained a bad reputation. However, snakes really aren't that bad. As a matter of fact, there are some pretty good fellas out there. Let's take a look at some of the good guys.

The Kingsnake ( hence it name ) will not only keep unwanted rodents off of your property , it will also rid the area of the poisonous " bad guys ". Kingsnakes vary in size and color due to the region. One of the most beautiful of the species is the Scarlet Kingsnake, which resembles the dreaded Coral snake, however, the color skein is different. With the Scarlet Kingsnake, the red and yellow bands are divided by black. Another distinction between the two snakes is the color of the snakes head. The Coral snakes head is black, whereas the Scarlet Kingsnakes is red.

Another "good guy " is the Common Garter snake. This snake can pretty much be found in any ones backyard. This snake feeds on pesty insects as well as mice and other rodents. They are harmless, non-aggressive little guys not growing over 36 inches

Last, but not least, let's give some well deserved credit to the farmers best friend, after his dog of course, the Rat Snake. This snake can do some pretty heavy damage to the rat population. Most farmers welcome these guys because the eat pesty critters that harm their and may carry diseases that could affect their livestock.

So no matter what your view is on snakes. No matter how loud you shriek when you see one. Just remember they are not so bad and deserve a little respect.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Do You Know Way There Are No Snakes In Ireland?

Do You Know Way There Are No Snakes In Ireland?
by Rose Mary

Do you like snakes? If you do not, then Ireland is a good place for you to visit. There are no snakes in Ireland. Why is it so? Read on.

Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holy mountain, is one of the best known landmarks in Mayo, Ireland. The mountain is named after the national saint, St Patrick. Looking at a distance from the bottom, the mountain looks very much like the shape of a cone. However, in actual fact, the summit is a flat plain. The mountain has its holy origin due to pagan worship from 3000 BC. St Patrick is said to have spent 40 days on the mountain fasting and praying for the Irish in AD 441. According to a legend, all of Ireland's snakes leapt off the cliff to their deaths when he rang his bell at the edge of a cliff. This explains why Ireland has no snakes.

In July, penitents would make their way to the summit in the saint's honor especially on Garland Friday and Reek Sunday. Most of them climb the mountain barefooted. There is a tiny chapel at the summit where Reek Sunday mass is usually celebrated. It does not matter whether you are a penitent or a visitor, climbing up Croagh Patrick will not fail to give you a wonderful experience. The trail up the mountain starts at Campbell's Pub in Murrisk, where the statue of the St Patrick stands. It takes about two hours to climb to the top of the mountain which is about 765m (2510ft) high. This is indeed a good form of physical exercise and a fine test of your cardio capability. Furthermore, when you reach the summit, you will be able to enjoy sweeping views of the surroundings and admire the splendid sceneries there.

Even at the foot of Croagh Patrick where the statue of the saint stands, you can enjoy wonderful views from there. At the foot of the mountain, looking towards the north, you are able to view Clew Bay with its scattered islands. To the far south, if it is a clear day, you can see wonderful views extending to the blue line of the Perry Mountains.

As the legend says, St Patrick actually drove all the snakes into the sea which explains why there are no snakes in Ireland. However, the fact that Ireland has no snakes could be due to some geographical reasons. Nobody really knows the reason to this mysterious fact. Nonetheless, Croagh Patrick is definitely an interesting place and worthwhile to visit. If you are keen to take a vacation trip and like some adventure and excitement, you can consider choosing Croagh Patrick as your destination. Besides, if you do not like snakes at all, you would certainly not encounter one there!
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Rose Mary. Freelance Writer on Various Interest Topics. For more information on travel, please refer to the Travel Guide.

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