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Sea Snakes Need Fresh Water For Drinking
2014-03-20 15:30:59

Cindy Spence, University of Florida Although they spend their lives surrounded by water, sea snakes dehydrate for months at a time, waiting to quench their thirst with fresh water from rainfall, a University of Florida biologist has found. The finding contradicts the accepted belief that marine vertebrates have evolved to use salt water to meet their water requirements, said professor Harvey Lillywhite, whose research appears [Wednesday/today] in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B,...

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2009-08-06 10:46:11

Venomous sea snakes have evolved to deceive their predators into thinking that they have two heads, researchers reported on Wednesday. Writing in the journal Marine Ecology, Dr Arne Redsted Rasmussen and Dr Johan Elmberg found that Yellow-lipped Sea Kraits have skin markings that make their tail look like a second head. Also, they noted that the snake behaves as if the tail is another head. The performance is all part of the sea snake's effort to trick its predators so that it is less...

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2008-11-07 14:40:00

Sea snakes may slither in saltwater, but they sip the sweet stuff. So concludes a University of Florida zoologist in a paper appearing this month in the online edition of the November/December issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. Harvey Lillywhite says it has been the "long-standing dogma" that the roughly 60 species of venomous sea snakes worldwide satisfy their drinking needs by drinking seawater, with internal salt glands filtering and excreting the salt. Experiments...


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2008-11-21 16:20:28

The Colubrine Sea Krait or Yellow-lipped Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina), is a species of sea snake found in tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is common around East India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Borneo, Vietnam, Philippines, Nicobar Islands, Coastal Taiwan, Bay of Bengal, New Guinea, Japan's Ryukyu Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Adult females are about 56 inches in length with males being only about 35 inches in length. They are...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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