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Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 8:14pm On Aug 14, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C8UqgVK4EI







They say karma comes back to bite you in the butt. For the wild copperhead snake in the above YouTube video, it wasn’t karma that bit his behind. It was his own decapitated head.

The video uploaded Tuesday shows a severed copperhead snake head resting idly next to its slithering, beheaded body. At 26 seconds, just when you think the serpent is as good as dead, the detached head surges up and sinks its fangs into its own tail. (See more snake pictures.)

Sam Billiter, the Huntsville, Alabama, man who killed the animal and filmed its death, is heard throughout the video, narrating the strange spectacle. “That is just crazy! How you gonna bite yourself, snake?” he shouts hysterically—or should we say, hiss-terically.

“You have your own tail in your mouth, buddy. Wow.” The viral video already has over 750,000 views.

To understand how these limbless, flexible reptiles are capable of movement up to an hour after their deaths, National Geographic got in touch with James Murphy, head of the Reptile Discovery Center at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Also see: “Virus That Twists Snakes Into Knots Revealed.”)

What exactly is happening in this video? Is the snake dead?

By the time the snake has lost its head, it’s dead and the basic body functions have ceased, but there is still some reflexive action. In other words, snakes have the capability of causing biting and injecting venom even after the head has been severed, even though it is dead.

Why does it bite itself?

That’s what is available, that’s what is next to him. Even when you take the head off, a snake can continue to bite and open its mouth. This is why snakes sometimes bite themselves, especially when they get excited and they are not careful about what they are trying to bite.

Can a snake die from being poisoned by its own venom?

This is a debated topic. There are certainly cases of captive snakes biting each other and causing the death of another snake of the same species. But the question is whether this is because of injury from the mechanical bite—when fangs penetrate the body of the other snake—or from susceptibility to the venom.

If I find a snake in my yard, what should I do?

Avoid it and do not try to kill it. That is when most snakebites occur. From the perspective of a herpetologist, I don’t want to see any snakes killed. If people try to capture or kill a snake and they don’t have experience, they can get bitten themselves.

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/16/how-did-a-decapitated-snake-bite-itself/
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by DisGuy: 9:43pm On Aug 19, 2013
yuck!!

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by bukatyne(f): 4:15pm On Aug 20, 2013
Dis Guy: yuck!!

Double yuck!
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Okijajuju: 4:16pm On Aug 20, 2013
HUH!
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by GenWOJUOLA(m): 4:17pm On Aug 20, 2013
Jeeeeezzz....... I no dey hunt snake again oooo
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:20pm On Aug 20, 2013
Disgusting!
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by moscobabs(m): 4:20pm On Aug 20, 2013
a ti gbo!!!
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:21pm On Aug 20, 2013
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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by jovie50: 4:22pm On Aug 20, 2013
I don't understand!!! pls can I get LIKES for no particular reason?

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by iamswizz(m): 4:22pm On Aug 20, 2013
Amaaskia: Disgusting!
disgusting? undecided
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:23pm On Aug 20, 2013
Make the man Thank God say no be him bod wey the snake bite

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:23pm On Aug 20, 2013
Make the man Thank God say no be him body wey the snake bite

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by noobsaibot2(m): 4:24pm On Aug 20, 2013
if i see snake... na to fined 2x2 wood mace im head before decapitate am... CRAZY DEY WORRY AM...

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by phil5(m): 4:26pm On Aug 20, 2013
Huh ,na wa oO
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by adexsimply(m): 4:28pm On Aug 20, 2013
If I find a snake in my yard, what should I do?
invite it for dinner

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Iceprincehkn(m): 4:29pm On Aug 20, 2013
gidebone: I never like this creature since my birth and its existence.
Same with me
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by PatAkpos: 4:29pm On Aug 20, 2013
Oh men! See snake meat soup. Yummmy!
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Kezifils(m): 4:29pm On Aug 20, 2013
Interesting
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:30pm On Aug 20, 2013
scary stuff shocked
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by valicious1(m): 4:30pm On Aug 20, 2013
This is where chidi llyod (the master mace hitter)- comes in handy

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:31pm On Aug 20, 2013
What goes around comes around !
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:31pm On Aug 20, 2013
Ewww... cry So disgusting...

On a lighter note, life just tire the motherf*cker... grin
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by johnstar(m): 4:32pm On Aug 20, 2013
d snake nvr die shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked............okija juju snake undecided undecided
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Adanyebe(m): 4:33pm On Aug 20, 2013
Its very normal to find urself doing what u like best even after death. Snakes love bitting and dats all.


May be when i die i will stil see ma sef surfing d net and always keeping a steady facebook and Twitter update
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:34pm On Aug 20, 2013
iamswizz: disgusting? undecided

Disgusting is an english word, don't you understand english?

I obviously hate and can't stand snakes. Smh I still came to see :-(

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Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by donsola(m): 4:35pm On Aug 20, 2013
Ayama
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:35pm On Aug 20, 2013
Imanuelle: What goes around comes around !

Lmao
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by 1shortblackboy: 4:36pm On Aug 20, 2013
una comments na die grin
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by Nobody: 4:36pm On Aug 20, 2013
wetin concern me wif snake
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by vipers: 4:36pm On Aug 20, 2013
idiot, wetin concile chidi llyod 4 these topic
Re: Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Itself by imperiouxx(m): 4:39pm On Aug 20, 2013
Peripheral nervous system in action, just like beheaded roach lives for weeks before dying or beheaded fowl runs distance before getting cold.

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