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  1. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Basking 'neath the almighty yellow yolk Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Whoa!
     
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    Well that’s gross.
     
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    I usually don't mind snakes. Usually...
     
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    I was bit by one about 25 years ago. I grabbed him behind the head, pulled his fangs out of my glove, and then I proceeded to beat the out of it, and threw it in front of a passing car, which ram it over. Oh, it was a rattle snake. I pulled my glove off and I had two little red spots on my hand where It bit me through the glove. I felt a little sick and I tried to puke.

    The dr said that if the snake had indeed injected, it was a small amount of venom. I spent two hours getting some nausea medication, and then I went home. It alll happened when I was hiking my bike coming out of a park onto a round and I slipped and fell, and landed right near a rattle snake that was slithering out of the park. I moved and it struck.
     
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    A Vampire Gelato....



     
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    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Cornstarch does the same thing.

    I hate snakes.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth breathin' knuckle dragger Strat-Talk Supporter

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    ...that is unless the snake has neurotoxin venom.

    Without snakes we's be hip deep in rodents.
     
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    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not necessarily.

     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth breathin' knuckle dragger Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've seen that, it's pretty cool, huh?
     
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    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

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    As a terrier man, I love it!
     
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    A Chinese Proverb I happen to like:
    “If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.”
     
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    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    Good thing you were wearing gloves!
     
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    I tend to agree... then there are mosquitoes.
     
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    Guy Named Sue Basking 'neath the almighty yellow yolk Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes which most of them have, this one was a Viper and Vipers are famous to have a venom that does this your blood.
     
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    Guy Named Sue Basking 'neath the almighty yellow yolk Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm a member of a site/app called Quora, it's a great place where lots of wonderful knowledgeable people that answer people's questions.

    Some weeks ago there was a question on whether or not Mosquitoes would have any effect on the ecosystem if they one day vanished.

    Besides the usual answers such as, the male mosquitoes pollinating flowers and mosquitoes being a food source for migrating birds, there was one that I wasn't really expecting as I never knew about this.

    Here's the interesting answer I'm talking about.


    There are some parts of Mongolia. Usually they are close to water, the grass grows like it is on fertilizers. These places are perfect for livestock. But no animal would voluntarily enter them, because they are “protected” by mosquitoes.

    I have visited several of these areas. In one area, after liberally applying a mosquito cream and wearing anti-mosquito hat, I braved outside of the car. I could see clouds of them. It was really unbelievable that there can be so many of them. When I came closer they flew towards us and even through jeans I could feel bites. I wasn’t there for the mosquitoes, but was there with pasture specialists. These areas are so thick with mosquitoes that even wild animals don’t dare to enter them. As a result a lot of grass is grown untouched.

    I asked one of my colleagues, if these pastures were useful.He told me that they were important because they serve as nature’s reserve pastures. In winter, when there is no fresh grass, they would be invaluable to both wild and domestic animals. So, mosquitoes in these situations play a role of guardians of winter pastures.
     
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    I've considered mosquitoes as food for bats/birds, but serving as (non-domesticated) food doesn't really give them an ecological niche to fill.
    I've also considered them as carriers of disease (malaria, and consequently offering protection for some from sickle cell)- still, doesn't seem like an ecological niche to sustain a worldwide genus. I remain baffled.
    However, the story above is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    That venom would be great for making Black Puddings:D
     
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    I liked this one as well...

     
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