Big venomous snake in Japan


This is a video about night animals, including habu snakes, in Japan.

From the Mainichi Daily News in Japan:

Record-length habu snake found on Amami Oshima Island

AMAMI, Kagoshima — A venomous snake measuring 2.26 meters long has been found on Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, outstripping the previous record for the longest snake to be captured on the island.

The snake, a habu weighing 3.15 kilograms, was captured in the mountains of Amami on the evening of July 16, and taken to Amami Kanko Habu Center, center officials said. Its body has a maximum circumference of about 20 centimeters, and it would be able to swallow a small animal weighing up to about 2 kilograms whole.

Center head Eiichi Nakamoto, 78, who has been keeping habu snakes for over 50 years, was surprised at the find.

“It’s rare to find one in the range of 2 meters,” he said.

The previous biggest habu snake captured on the island was 2.15 meters long and weighed 2.45 kilograms.

An estimated 80,000 habu snakes live on Amami Oshima and the nearby Tokunoshima Island. About 70 people are bitten by the snakes on the islands each year, and in 2004 one person died.

Nakamoto warns people planning to visit the islands for the total solar eclipse on Wednesday to be wary of the reptiles.

“Visitors should beat grassy areas they enter with a stick, and if they happen to be bitten, they should suck out the blood and call for an ambulance,” he says.

Biting the Hand That Feeds: Evolution of snake venom: here.

Venomous Shrew And Lizard: Harmless Digestive Enzyme Evolved Twice Into Dangerous Toxin In Two Unrelated Species: here.

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