Egg-Eating Snake

The Egg-eating Snake is truly a remarkable creature.

Some snakes eat birds’ eggs and other animals which are much wider than their own bodies. They can do this because their jaws are not rigidly fixed together, but are instead connected by ligaments which can stretch, allowing the snake to force its mouth over it’s of prey.

Snakes do not dislocate their jaws, that is an urban myth.

A snake’s stomach can also stretch enormously, allowing the prey to be 180px-eierschlange_frisst_zwergwachteleiswallowed whole. A snake which has just eaten a big meal looks very strange indeed. Its head and neck are the normal size, then there is a huge bulge where the unlucky prey is located, before the body tapers to its usual size towards the tail.

Snakes that swallow eggs whole have a unique way of breaking them open once they are inside their bodies. They have special bones in their throats which they squeeze against the egg until it breaks and then they manage to spit out the crumpled eggshell before any pieces slip down into their stomach.

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Would an Elephant Really be Afraid of a Mouse?

Question: Are elephants really afraid of mice?

Answer: No, they are not.  Compared to the size of an elephant, a mouse is so small, that chances are the elephant wouldn’t even have a clue that there was a mouse near by.

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Finger Sniffer

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Guess What’s for Dinner…

WARNING!  Do not watch this video if you are squeamish or don’t want to watch a mouse get attacked and eaten by a corn snake.

Meet Slytherin, my Corn Snake.  Slytherin is about 2 years old and roughly 2 1/2 feet long.  A fully grown corn snake (also known as the red rat snake) will grow between 3 and 4 feet in length, typically never getting much thicker than a garden hose.
 
As far as snakes go, corn snakes are an easy pet to take care of due to their calm nature.  Corn snakes are very low maintenance.  Feeding time comes only once a week, and if your not the kind of person who enjoys watching your snake catch and swallow a  live mouse, then you can always buy frozen feeder mice from your local pet store.  All you do is soak one of the frozen mice in a container of warm water for about 20 minutes, dry off the excess water and feed it to your snake.

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Hippo Killer..?

The Hippopotamus is the third biggest land animal, slightly smaller but heavier than a white rhino – the elephant is the biggest. Surprisingly, no animal has killed more people than the hippo.

They are hoofed vegetarians, feeding on grass, fallen fruit, and occasionally on cultivated crops such as sugar cane or corn during the night. They spend most of the day in the water.  The hippo, weighing in at 4,000 pounds and more, lives in Africa and prefer rivers with deep water and nearby reed beds and grasslands.  If you ever come across a hippo with his mouth open like he’s yawning, don’t be fooled… it’s not sleepy… Hippos are very protective of there turf and their young.  It’s warning you to stay away by showing you his long, thick, razor-sharp canine teeth, or tusks, with which it is capable of biting a small boat in half.

Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa – more than any other wild animal.

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Worm Joke

Question:   How can you tell which end of a worm is which ?
Answer:      Tickle it in the middle and see which end laughs !

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Has Anyone Seen my Little Brother?

My mom was in such a hurry to get home from the veterinarian’s office to watch Dancing with the Stars, that when we got home, pulled into our driveway -my mom jumped out the car, opened the passenger door to unbuckle my little brother and this is what she found!  

Unfortunately for my brother the Vet is closed for the weekend and we’re going to have to wait until Monday to get him back..  Let’s just hope they gave him some fresh water and something to chew on.

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