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Unique Feeding Behavior Discovered For Snakes; Field Museum Scientists Describe "Loop And Pull" In Nature

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July 11, 2002
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Snakes are known to swallow their prey whole, which limits the size of what they can eat. But now scientists have discovered that a species of snake can tear apart its prey. This snake loops its body around a crab to hold one end while using its mouth to pull off legs or rip the crab's body into pieces.

CHICAGO –- Snakes are known to swallow their prey whole, which limits the size of what they can eat. But now scientists have discovered that a species of snake can tear apart its prey. This snake loops its body around a crab to hold one end while using its mouth to pull off legs or rip the crab's body into pieces. This "loop and pull" method allows a snake to eat crabs that are relatively huge – far too large to swallow whole. Even more astounding, this appears to be solely based on a unique behavior rather than newly derived physical traits.


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Field Museum. "Unique Feeding Behavior Discovered For Snakes; Field Museum Scientists Describe "Loop And Pull" In Nature." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 July 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/07/020711075601.htm>.
Field Museum. (2002, July 11). Unique Feeding Behavior Discovered For Snakes; Field Museum Scientists Describe "Loop And Pull" In Nature. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/07/020711075601.htm
Field Museum. "Unique Feeding Behavior Discovered For Snakes; Field Museum Scientists Describe "Loop And Pull" In Nature." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/07/020711075601.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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