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 Post subject: Fact or myth (RV)
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:54 pm 
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Is it a myth or a fact ...

the bagers imeunsystem is so strong that it can not be killd by a snake??? :huh: 8)

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 Post subject: Re: fact or myth (RV)
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Hiya WL, great quiz.

A bit of both. They do built up immunity over time, but can be killed.

Various sources state that badgers are immune:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_venom
http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question88597.htm
thewildsource.com/blog/?tag=/honey+badger

And various sources state they are not:

news.softpedia.com/news/Top-7-Snake-Killers-75345.shtm
http://www.carnivoraforum.com/index.cgi ... fic&action
phenomx.com/how-to-be-fearles

And this source states that recent info suggests that they build up immunity over time/that they are partially immune.

http://www.napak.com/honey_badger_II.html

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 Post subject: Re: fact or myth (RV)
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In fact, there was a programme on TV where a (if I recall correctly) cobra had a go at a badger. The badger collapsed for an extended time, recovered, and further feasted on the dead snake.

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Just found a link to our Forum on this

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=59&start=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There is a video of this incident on You Tube.

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 Post subject: Re: fact or myth (RV)
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:lol: Many "facts" are actually "myths". :doh: Especially on the internet! :roll: (And yes, often we just don't know all.)

Good quiz! Just not sure how we are going to be sure of the answers! :lol: :hmz:

It is a myth, but they are difficult to kill! Many badgers have turned around from the door of "death" after being bitten by a snake.

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 Post subject: Re: Fact or myth (RV)
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:hmz: I think it's a fact. But I suppose it can be killed by a python. 'K..... that has nothing to do with its immune system. :slap:
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Wel done people u all are quite spot on with youre reacurch espesialy Elzet well done you are it... :thumbs_up: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Fact or myth .........?

Are Giraffe's the only mammal that don't make a noise?

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Myth ... they do make a noise, in fact several.

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myth - Giraffe do make sounds although very rarely.

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Myth. They have a voicebox ans are capable of variois sounds ranging from bleats, squels or whistles to bellows, snorts and even hissing - all of which are mostly uttered onder conditions of stress.

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I thought I was IT? :? :lol:


Giraffes are quite audible.

A lot of people think that giraffes don't make any sounds, but this isn't true. Usually they're silent, but at times, they do make some noise!

* Calves (baby giraffes) bleat and make a mewing call.
* Cows (female giraffes) seeking lost calves bellow.
* Courting bulls (male giraffes) sometimes let out a loud cough!
* Also, giraffes have been heard snorting, moaning, snoring, hissing, and making strange flutelike sounds!

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I am not sure where this thread will lead, but I heard that tortoise got its shell by passing through elephant’s digestive system, old SAN story, anybody wish to elaborate??

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 Post subject: Re: Fact or myth (RV)
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I think it would be safe to call that a myth from a scientific point of view. :lol:
I have a rather simple one for you guys. :mrgreen:
Fact or Myth: ostriches stick their heads in the ground when scared.


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 Post subject: Re: Fact or myth (RV)
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AKadwa, contrary to popular belief, Ostriches do not bury their heads in sand.This myth likely began with Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79), who wrote that Ostriches "imagine, when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the whole of their body is concealed.


The English language is very rich and descriptive. Someone “hiding their head in the sand, like an ostrich” is said to be foolishly ignoring their problem, while hoping it will magically vanish. The ostrich does many things, but hiding its head in the sand is not one of them.

The myth that an ostrich will stick its head in the sand, in an effort to hide, may have begun with that great Roman thinker, Pliny the Elder (23-79AD). His real name was Gaius Plinius Secundus. Pliny was a man of intense curiosity about the world around him. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, wrote about him, “He began to work long before daybreak. He read nothing without making extracts; he used even to say that there was no book so bad as not to contain something of value. In the country it was only the time when he was actually in his bath that was exempted from study. When travelling, as though freed from every other care, he devoted himself to study alone. In short, he deemed all time wasted that was not employed in study.”

So what did Pliny have to say of ostriches? In Book 10, Chapter 1, he writes, “…they imagine, when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the whole of their body is concealed”.

Historians assume that this single sentence is the root of the myth about ostriches burying their head in the sand.

There is one interesting ostrich behaviour that comes close to burying their head in the sand. When ostriches feed, they sometimes lay their head flat on the ground to swallow sand and pebbles. The hard grit helps them to grind their food in their crop. From a distance, the ostrich looks like it’s burying its head in the sand.

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And I would like to pursue VVG's Q. Or rather, get the answer as it intrigues me. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Fact or myth (RV)
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You are, ofcourse correct elzet. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

I'm also in pursuit of an answer to your Q vvs.
i can't exactly find a good scientific explanation, so i'm gonna say that the tortoise got the shell on it's back from God. :mrgreen:


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