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Can snakes die of their own venom?
« on: 01/10/2013 16:03:52 »
After watching the TV series “Life in Cold Blood” I was wondering how the venomous snakes didn’t poison themselves when they ate their prey. I know they’re not immune to their poison because they don’t use it on each other when they fight for their territory battles for example. I know if animals like ourselves ate food that had been poisoned it would have an adverse effect on us but it doesn’t seem to on snakes. I just wondered why that was, really.
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Can snakes die of their own venom?
« Reply #1 on: 01/10/2013 16:03:52 »
We answered this question on the show...

The reason is that the venom snakes use is a protein. Proteins are made up of building blocks of what’s called amino acids. They’re the same stuff, effectively, as your Sunday roast
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« Reply #2 on: 28/07/2015 16:56:22 »
Probably not, no. In venomous snakes, injecting venom into a victim is a two-step process. First, obviously, the fangs must make contact. Then, since the venom is stored in glands, it must be excreted by the snake. Thus, it seems highly unlikely that a snake would inject its own venom into itself, unless it's recently gone through a bad break-up or something.

Also, it varies from snake-to-snake, but many species are able to produce their own anti-venom, able to counter any accidents they may encounter.
 

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