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Mouse bites snake to death
« on: October 11, 2008, 06:29:49 PM »
Mouse bites snake to death


By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 12:01pm BST 09/10/2008

A mouse bit a venomous viper to death after it was thrown into the snake's cage as a lunchtime snack.

The tiny rodent killed the snake after a fierce 30-minute battle, emerging with "barely a scratch on him", according to on person who saw the fight.
Mouse bites snake to death

Firefighters in Taiwan who were looking after the snake - which had been found in a local resident's home - thought that the live mouse would make a perfect lunchtime treat.

But the furry creature had other ideas. Instead of cowering from the 12in snake's gaping jaws and long fangs, it went on the offensive.

"It attacked the snake continuously, biting and scratching it," one firefighter said.

Viper venom is poisonous for mice, but the snake proved unable to land a killer bite.
Mouse bites snake to death

"Perhaps it used up all its venom when we caught it but the mouse barely had a scratch on him," said Lan Sengqiu, the leader of the fire team in Nantoun.

Vipers, which have jaws that can open to a 180 degree angle, usually use their venom to immobilise or kill their prey. The poison, which is injected through their hollow fangs, paralyses the nervous system and causes internal bleeding.

Vipers are one of the most widespread species of snake in the world, and their adder sub-species is the only poisonous reptile found in the UK.

Original article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/10/09/eamouse109.xml

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Mouse bites snake to death
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008, 08:15:55 PM »
Haha, i read this on the way to work the other day and i just thought it was amazing.

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2008, 10:09:41 PM »
I got told this at work today thought he was taking the piss
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