Tiger Keelback
Rhabdophis tigrinus

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Jan Detka

Description:

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Range/Distribution:

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Habitat:   

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Venom: This species is also the only known snake that is venomous and poisonous at the same time. 

Rhabdophis tigrinus has small venom glands and delivers its venom inefficiently, said venom is certainly not weak. Although this snake is reluctant to bite, even defensively, the bite has been known to cause fatalities in humans. The venom acts very slowly, inhibiting the ability of the blood to clot and causing death by hemorrhage.

The defensive behavior of this snake is very unusual. When threatened by a predator, the snake arches its neck toward the attacker and releases the contents of paired nuchal glands that lie in the dorsal skin. The product of those glands is distasteful and irritating to the eyes and contains compounds similar to those found in the skin glands of toads.

 

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