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Re: off-topic : tiger snakes
I assume you refer to the Australian tiger snake Notechis scutatus? I do not
know much about this particular snake, but toxicity of snake venom has a number
of correlates of which prey size is only one. Snakes which are not highly
mobile may require fast-acting venom to prevent prey from escaping. The same
is true of tree vipers, which must ensure that their venom acts before a prey
animal can jump or fly to another branch; my understanding is that the venom of
such snakes is extremely toxic.
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Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:26:45 AM
Subject: off-topic : tiger snakes
The tiger snake is one of the most venomous snakes of all, correct? Yet from
what has been said of their diet, it hardly seems necessary for them to be so
toxic. Any speculation on why they evolved in such a matter, or has their diet
only (relatively) recently changed?
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