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Which snake can sting with its tongue?

Which snake can sting with its tongue?

None. Elapids and pit vipers have hollow fangs at the front of their mouths. The venom travels from the glands in their cheeks to the roof of their mouth and down the fangs like a needle and is injected into the prey. Elapids have short fangs that are fixed like regular teeth. Pit vipers have long fangs that lay against the roof of the mouth and swivel into position.

Rear fanged snakes have an enlarged fang in the back of their mouth underneath the venom gland. As they chew on their prey. The gland is expressed and venom flows down the fang into the prey. They are largely considered less dangerous because it is very hard for them to deliver a large amount of venom, quickly.

The tongue is harmless in all snakes. They have a Jacobson’s organ. The tongue collects scent particles and inserts them into the Organ so they can figure out their environment. The slower the tongue flick, the more concerned the snake is. It wants a lot of information about what is scaring it.

Most pit vipers, boas and pythons also have heat pits along the jaw. They can “see” infrared light with them. The tested a boa on which frozen rat was warmer and until they had to stop the experiment because the equipment could no longer tell if the snake was getting it right. Emerald tree boa, heat pits for days, all the better to catch birds on the wing at night. Can’t afford to miss when you live up in the trees.

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