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- 29-Feb-12, 04:55 PM #1
Why so much blood?
With the recent bite post today I thought I would raise the question why do Python bites bleed so profusely. I mean each time I have been bitten (by my Darwins) there is always heaps of blood (usually instantly) for the relatively insignificant wound.
I have a theory but have no idea if it is sound. Take for example a scratch caused by a cat...it usually bleeds for a bit but then quickly clots and stops....now look at a cut caused while shaving...it is no deeper cut but bleeds and bleeds.
I think that because the cat scratch causes more trauma to the skin it causes the body to release clotting agents where the razor cut is so clean and causes little trauma so less clotting agent is released so therefore it bleeds more freely.
Perhaps because python’s teeth are so sharp it is like the razor and causes minimal skin trauma and therefore bleeds and bleeds unlike the cat scratch (which is no deeper) that quickly clots.
I would be interested in any opinions on this.
P.s That being said I am sure a large Scrub Python or large Olive would be capable of delivering a significant wound but I have seen good dog bites that have not bled as much as a python hit.To a novice I may seem like an expert...but to an expert I am merely a novice!
They have an anticoagulant in there saliva.
haha I like your scientific description and completely agree, especially with the razor cuts. You make a good point, There is a major difference in bleeding from a clean to jagged cut!
- 29-Feb-12, 05:11 PM #4
Last edited by guzzo; 29-Feb-12 at 05:16 PM.To a novice I may seem like an expert...but to an expert I am merely a novice!
There saliva thins your blood, end result, the bite looks heaps worse then it really is.Same. S. Different. Day.
- 29-Feb-12, 05:18 PM #6
Last edited by RSPcrazy; 29-Feb-12 at 10:49 PM.Same. S. Different. Day.
I've never heard of them having anticoagulant in their saliva but I thought it was also the fact that it's like a needle. A scratch from a cat doesn't go as deep but teeth are like little needles. Anyone who has had one of those blood glucose tests will tell you how much a small puncture can bleed. Here you effectively have heaps of small needle puncturesKnowledge - The one thing you can give away freely while still keeping for yourself
So a bite from a snake Is just like the little pain from a needle??? Iv never been bit and quite nervous about it
Big ones hurt a little but it's only quick so it's more of a shock than anythingKnowledge - The one thing you can give away freely while still keeping for yourself
Morelia Bredli is named after him) that he talks about python bites and comments on there saliva and the reason why python bites bleed alot is because of the anticoagulant in there saliva..
Iv got a yearling carpet and yea nervous everytime I hold her haha wish she would just bite me already to get over the fear :/
I thought it was his father Josef Bredl?
What hurts is when a snake decides you're food and chews on your wrist for 15 minutes!In this day and age, why do people still believe everything they see on the TV and read in the newspaper? You can learn some very interesting things when you learn to think for yourself!
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