HERPETOLOGICAL RESOURCES (THR)
VENOMOUS SNAKES OF ARMENIA V.1.2-03
L Culturally we learnt to perceive snakes as unpredictable and dangerous creatures. However, experience shows that snakes aggression and its outcomes are far more pridctable than aggression in birds and mammals. Here is how it works. Snakes explore and recognise the surrounding world via senses of heat, smell, physical contact and motion. predictable and they do express aggression in even more simplified ways than Despite our cltural perception Like most other animals and even us human beings the snakes both poisonous and harmless bite their enemy in order to protect themselves, as well as to obtain a food when they feel hungry.
An average human may weight is about 100 or more times havier than an average snake. On the other hand our body is often 6-10 C hotter than that of snakes. Each of these factors alone may make out toutch very painful to snakes, and provoke thir defence including a bite. A casual contatcs are among the most common causes of snake-human conflicts worldwide. Therefore,awareness of a snake presence and careful avoidance of contacts is the best principle of not being bitten.
To preveny casual contacts with snakes and other poisonous animals
it is good to become accustomed to:
Washed hands and tidy dresses aren’t interesting for snakes
All snakes are strict predators or
carnivores. They are not capable to masticate, so they swallow
their food, without any separation. Such a large being as a man can serve
as food only for gigantic not poisonous snakes like some pythons and boas
(Python reticulatus, Python molurus, Python sebae ) whose
up more than 3-6 meters (up to 12 meters). All gigantic snakes are specific
of temperate tropical and equatorial regions and are absent in moderate
and subtropical latitudes, including Armenia. Nevertheless, even either
relatively small, or rather small snakes sometimes bite man taking him/her
for food, if he/she smell's like their habitual food of snake, or
if the usual food of the snakes smell's of a man. This is caused
by the dominance of the sense of smell in hunting snakes.
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