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Facts about snakes in California

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April 19, 2009 03:05PM
Snake Facts:
    •33 species of snakes in California
    •6 venomous species (18% of total) in California, all rattlesnakes
    •8,000 cases of envenomation per year in North America, only 10-15 fatalities
    •in many snakes the left lung is reduced or absent
    •some snakes lay eggs and others give birth to live young
    •rattlesnakes give birth to live young
    •venom is a prey immobilization adaptation in snakes, defense is secondary
    •venom is 90% protein
    •venom is composed of neurotoxins (attack nervous system) and/or hemotoxins (attack circulatory system)
    •neurotoxins in gila monsters, coral snakes (not in CA), Mojave rattlers
    •snakes can meter dosage of venom to prey



http://www.werc.usgs.gov/hq/snake.html
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