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Orion
117925.  Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:40 am Reply with quote

Snakes (& lizards) have two penises (AKA hemipenes in the herpetological world) They only use one during intercourse however - which one is totally at the animals discretion, but why they have two is still relatively unknown, though there are theories.

 
strukkanurv
118061.  Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:31 am Reply with quote

Could it be a similar reason as the Earwig?

 
smiley_face
118066.  Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:36 am Reply with quote

Why have marsupials developed a bifurcated penis? Was it as a result of the female marsupial having such a complicated setup of vaginas, or did the female anatomy change as a result of the male anatomy?

 
eggshaped
127598.  Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:20 am Reply with quote

Question: Are most snakes left-handed or right-handed?

 
Mulvil
151561.  Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:01 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Question: Are most snakes left-handed or right-handed?



Well the cotton-mouth is apparently left handed

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_9_112/ai_110736999

 
Dangerous Hamster
207697.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:57 am Reply with quote

There are no snakes on earth that are poisonous...

 
Tas
207699.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:05 am Reply with quote

I'll bite (so to speak) and argue that there are poisonous snakes on earth...although I assume the correct term is venomous...

:-)

Tas

[/awaiting klaxon]

 
Dangerous Hamster
207702.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:15 am Reply with quote

indeed there are no posionous snakes as poison has to be injested whilst snakes are all venomous as the venom has to be injected...

 
getmeaguiness
207704.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:22 am Reply with quote

But would it not be harmfull ergo poisonous to each the part of a snake containing the venom?

 
Tas
207707.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:23 am Reply with quote

I was just thinking that....

:-)

Tas

 
Dangerous Hamster
207708.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:25 am Reply with quote

That would be to eat the Venom glads therefore you would be poisoning yourself rather than the snake poisoning you would it not ?

 
Tas
207711.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:27 am Reply with quote

But then, if you eat a poisonous mushroom, you are also poioning yourself...

:-)

Tas

 
getmeaguiness
207712.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:29 am Reply with quote

So there is nothing out there that is poisonous, just dumb smucks who should have known better than to eat those colourful mushrooms followed by some nice big juicy orange and blue bugs all washed down with some snake venom.

(I mean this all in jest of course)

I do find it interesting as I never considered this fact about snakes before.

 
AlmondFacialBar
207715.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:35 am Reply with quote

actually, it would not be dangerous to eat the venom glands because snake toxins have a high molecular weight, and would therefore not enter the blood stream while being ingested, like alcohol does. once in the stomach, they'd be metabolised like any other protein compound. i'm shamelessly borrowing that from our celestial overlord douglas noel adams and his seminal work last chance to see (read it if you haven't yet), in the hope that he wouldn't mind.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Tas
207720.  Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:47 am Reply with quote

But are all snakes venomous in the same way? Do all the venoms have to be injected into the blood stream?

:-)

Tas

 

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