Snake Food Chain

Snake Food Chain

Snake Food Chain

Snake Food Chain

Snake Venom is a special enzyme produced in a special body organ called the glands. It is classified into two types.

Hemotoxic and Neurotoxic. Some snakes can have combination of both types.

Hemotoxic Venom:

It affects the blood and organs, resulting a breakdown or inflammation in the body. It also destroys red blood cells that prevent the blood from clotting causing heavy bleeding. These bites are the most painful as breathing hurts and tissues starts dyeing.

Neurotoxic Venom:

It affects the nervous system. This can lead to failure in the breathing system and other body functions. Neurotoxic bites can turn into seizures to death.

Snake Food Chain

Snake Food Chain

Snake Food Chain

There are two methods of production of venom.
It is produced in special glands located on the head of the snake. The venom glands differentiate into false and true venom glands.

False Glands
False glands run on either side of the head. These glands can produce venom. Alethinophidians are known to have this type of glands.

True Glands
True glands are made of thick connective tissue. Elapids and Viperids have this type of glands.

Some Interesting Facts.

Western rattlesnake injects 300 times more venom than is necessary in its prey.
Inland Taipan one bite can kill two hundred thousand mice.
Vipers can decide the amount of venom to inject upon the conditions.

Venom is deadly. It is not advised to capture snakes without proper training. Never kill a snake for any purpose. Because they are part of food chain and valuable to nature. Think over it and then act.

By Aniket Gore
Article Source: ezinearticles.com