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Agree with Pilane 100% - Mole snake

And Wow - 25 or more young at one given time :shock:


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:clap: ... Pilane ... 100% correct ... :clap: to the others arrived a little bit too late ... ...

Unlike most of the other Colubrids, Mole snakes are viviparous
... and an all time high of 95 has been recorded of a large female in the London Zoo.
The snake is non-venomous and quite harmless. Farmers use these snakes in their stores to rats and mice.

... over to you Pilane ...

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and quite harmless
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I know of a person that has lost a forefinger to a mole snake.

Where did the name "Monitor" originated from?


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Hi all, 8)

I'm not sure, but Molitors'name come from the english translation of an arabic name (Waral) in relation with the habit of varanids to stand on their two hind legs to "monitor" their surroundings. These lizards were supposed to warn people that crocodiles were nearby.

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Monitor lizards are the family Varanidae. The genus name, "Varanus" is derived from the Arabic word waral, which is translated to English as "monitor". It has been suggested that the occasional habit of varanids to stand on their two hind legs and to appear to "monitor" their surroundings led to the original Arabic name.

(hope thats right :wink: )

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... 8) just to say that ... on the previous page, I have given the same response .... :mrgreen: :whistle:

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JF I'll give it to you.... :roll:

Monitors are also referred to as "leguaans" which is probably a corruption of the word "Iguana" - a family of spine-crested, vegetarian lizards to which they are not closely related. Similarly, the Australians sometimes refer to monitors as "goannas".The name "monitor" is a case of mistaken identity: common in Egypt, they became known by the general Arabic term for lizards, ouaran. Pronounced waran, this was apparently confused by German naturalists for warnen, which was interpreted as "warning lizards". This was then Latinized to monitor and has given rise to some authors attempting to explain the name by the lizard's alleged habit of keeping a look out, or giving warning of the presence of crocodiles!


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.... When I'm disturbed, I roll up tight into a spiral with my head inside ... I'm ??? ...


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Shongololo :?


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Shongololo a reptile?
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:clap: :clap: Pilane ....

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Afrikaans name means "Tobacco Roll"

.. so, over to you now ... :lol:

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Snakes and a certain mammal has something that function the same.
What is it?
Name the mammal
And what is the result of this? :wink:


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Is it an auxiliary olfactory sense organ (vomeronasal organ or Jacobson's organ) ??? ...
Elephants ?? ...
Snakes use this organ to sense prey ...

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