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Secrets of the spitting cobra
Topic Started: May 13 2018, 10:00 AM (88 Views)
Yi Qi
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Turns out venom spitting in elapids evolved not once, not twice but three times independently on the cobra family tree, and what's most curious, it did so in response to primates specifically.
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It makes a fair bit of sense that they'd want to spit at "us" (primates) most; as directly said Primata does seem to have a natural bit of "ooh it's a snake lemme kill it".

As for "why don't other groups of snakes spit" the simple fact is most have other defensive mechanisms from rattlesnakes to "false" rattlers like gopher snakes and the Saw-scaled Viper to scent warfare in garters and feigning death in hognoses.
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Fascinating, and a well made video. Another thought here, primates rely quite heavily on eyesight. Perhaps that would help to explain why spitter venom seems engineered to hurt eyes? They certainly know how to hit us where it hurts; a blind primate is in much more trouble than say, a blind canine.
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