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Caught on Videos: When Big Snakes Attack Humans!

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There’s no doubt that snakes are among the most dangerous animals around. As stated in the paper, “The origin of snakes,” there are more than 3,400 species of living snakes (Serpentes) that live in just about any kind of environment.

These legless reptiles occupy “fossorial, arboreal, terrestrial, and aquatic environs, and living in climates ranging from arid deserts to the open ocean.”

While there are snakes that can kill their prey in a matter of minutes with their venomous bites, there are also huge snakes who can overpower their targets and crush their bones before swallowing them whole.

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Snakes — along with other wildlife — have lost their habitat due to development are driven to search for prey in the cities. Over the years, city dwellers have reported stumbling upon pythons, boa constrictors, and anacondas in their backyards or even inside their homes.

Some of these big snakes are over 24 feet long. For the record, the longest snake that’s currently in captivity is a reticulated python that’s 25 feet and two inches long. 

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Despite the dangers, people are still drawn to snakes. They’re seen in movies like Snakes on a Plane and Anaconda, immortalized as villains such as G.I. Joe‘s Cobra Commander, and are favorite subjects in tattoos. Moreover, handling, catching, and killing a snake is also considered some sort of a kick-ass accomplishment.

This fascination for snakes may explain why so many people dare to get close to these slithering reptiles and inevitably expose themselves to the risk of a snake attack.

Despite not having venom, the jaws of large snakes are deadly.
Snake-jaws

After wrapping themselves around their prey, large snakes then work on swallowing them whole.

As Cory Binns wrote in a LiveScience article, “Super-sized meals do not intimidate snakes. Unlike a mammalian jaw that is built for brute force, a snake’s is rigged with tendons, muscles, and ligaments that give the jaw a gymnast’s flexibility. The jaws do not dislocate, however.”

Binns went on to explain that the snake’s two lower jaws move independently of one another. An elastic ligament allows them to spread apart. The quadrate bone is not rigidly attached to the skull, but articulates with the skull at one end. Therefore, it can move freely.

A snake takes its time swallowing its food (whatever size it may be) while slathering it with its saliva.

If these clips teach us anything it’s this: Never underestimate snakes or you’ll end up paying with your life.

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