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Carl_Constantine



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:10 am    Post subject: Snake, just for Mike B Reply with quote

I know how much Mike likes to photograph Snakes and such. Came across this snake picture. WARNING THIS ISN'T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=1756&e=1&u=/060906/ids_photos_wl/r2461040198.jpg
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unbeleiveable Exclamation Shocked Exclamation
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Moly...... Shocked
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Mike B in OKlahoma



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My goodness! I wish I'd been there to photograph THAT! But only from a safe distance, torpid snake or not!

Thanks for showing us that....
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty cool shot, hard to tell though what it had swallowed. Although it is plain to see that it was big. Thanks for the link Carl. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, it was a ewe, small female lamb. What's pretty frightening is you can see the outline of the lamb's face in the snake's own face/head. *shudder*
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know I wonder how long it will take to digest all that mutton? Lambs got to lay heavy on ones stomach. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a long time, Ken, quite a long time.

And the snake has to do a lot to make it happen at all.

This article documents that Burmese pythons "experience a 40 percent increase in heart muscle mass within 48 hours of feeding." I have read other articles that they grow similar amounts of new intestine after the kill, in anticipation of the feast arriving down-gut some days later.

Perhaps MikeB has some handy references on this subject?

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Mike B in OKlahoma



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rjlittlefield wrote:
Quite a long time, Ken, quite a long time.

And the snake has to do a lot to make it happen at all.

This article documents that Burmese pythons "experience a 40 percent increase in heart muscle mass within 48 hours of feeding." I have read other articles that they grow similar amounts of new intestine after the kill, in anticipation of the feast arriving down-gut some days later.

Perhaps MikeB has some handy references on this subject?


This looks like a more detailed expansion of the article Rik was quoting:

http://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/midorcas/animalphysiology/websites/2003/Heiner/physiologicalregulation.htm

Be sure to click on the three links about metabolic rate, organ growth, etc.
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