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Re: Huge Freakin' Snake!
--- On Thu, 2/5/09, Dann Pigdon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Even if a snake had the same mass as a large theropod,
> it's greatly reduced speed and agility
> would have made it susceptable to a quick bite behind the
> head (ending the contest quickly).
> Walking around on stilts with your vital parts beyond easy
> striking range of a big slow snake might
> have emboldened a theropod in such an encounter (like a
> giant secretary bird).
I don't think that's entirely fair. It's very hard to grab a snake without
getting the rest of the snake all over you. Constrictors are notorious for
this. You might grab the head, or you might grab a portion of the body. Then
you have to deal with the rest of the snake as it throws its coils over you.
Snakes are agile, just in a different way from most tetrapods.