Mar 26, 2007

Respect & Tenacity

Here is an interesting commment on amphisbaenians that has made me respect them a bit more (not that I didn't before, mind you...):

Amphisbaenians are small but fierce predators capable of biting off pieces from any small animal that crosses their path, and then swallowing them with the help of their short and muscular tongues. They occasionally eat carrion, as well. Many don't hesitate to bite when handled and, although indeed their teeth are very sharp and their jaw muscles are enormously strong for their size, none except the largest species can inflict any serious pain on a human hand. All the same, even rather small species can draw some blood, delivering quite a pinch by fastening to a finger with bulldog-like tenacity, and then twisting their bodies around, seemingly with every intention of ripping off as big a chunk of flesh as possible.
I'll never mock another worm snake as long as I live.

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Swintah said...

Soon we'll see the day where amphisbaenians will be status pets for "gangstas". They'll probably keep one coiled around their neck to guard their "bling".

Anonymous said...

uuuggh! ::cue the 'wigging' of the 'outs':: Last time I be nice and put a worm back in the dirt after it rains! The teeth! :Returns to a case of the heebee-jeebees::

amanda said...

umm not sure if this is right but I think it's actually a "worm lizard" not a "worm snake" cause I'm pretty sure those are harmless.

Anonymous said...

The colours are pretty intense on the head, nice pattern.

Denita TwoDragons said...

That second picture looks like Godzilla's cave-dwelling brother!

Ooh, that would make a way-cool kaiju eiga..."Gojira vs Amphis: Battle Beneath Tokyo!"


Arachnophile said...

Dude, that is a cool factiod about these creatures! I think they are actually kinda cute.