Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alive

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Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alive

Post by Jim_b » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:12 pm

After receiving bite from decapitated Western diamondback, Texas man required 26 doses of antivenom

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Re: Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alive

Post by CarmineH » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:27 am

That like straight out of horror movies. Glad the guy survived. How does science explain this? Is it just nerves or is the head of the snake still alive for a while after it gets severed from the body?

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Re: Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alive

Post by volare71 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:21 am

Many of the nerve pathways of the reptiles do not require an immediate circulation to activate. The nerve cells take some time to die after injury. That is why rattlesnakes can bite and envenomate after capitation and the tail can continue to rattle. The best way to inactivate these pathways is to freeze the snake parts overnight.

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