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Huntsville, Alabama man decapitates Copperhead snake, which then bites itself

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, August 16, 2013

Just remember…

The thing is already dead.

However, the question is: How did it do that if it was dead?

Answer: Nerves – the same way a chicken runs around after it’s head is chopped off.

Chemicals are how muscles move. It’s how our heart pumps. Chemicals move into and out of cells. In the heart, those chemicals are primarily sodium & potassium, with calcium playing a supporting role.

Energy (in the form of electrical potential) is created, released, and stored by the movement of elemental sodium, potassium & calcium into and out of cells.

Recall from grade school biology class that lower life forms (such as chickens & reptiles) survive primarily by instinct & nervous function, rather than by intellect. In the nostrils of all reptiles, including snakes – non-poisonous & venomous – there is a Jacobson’s organ, which is also called vomeronasal organ, discovered in 1811 by Danish anatomist Ludvig Levin Jacobson. The purpose of the organ is to communicate chemical messages.

In snakes, the Jacobsen’s organ opens on the roof of the mouth. The tongue then carries odor particles from the outside to the vomeronasal openings on the roof of the mouth, where they then move into the vomeronasal (Jacobson’s) organ. After the particles reach the organ, some of the chemical compounds they contain bind to receptor molecules, and sensory messages are sent to the brain.

That’s why a snake flicks it’s tongue.

It’s “tasting” or “sampling” the air, much like a dog does when it sniffs.

Only thing is, we love Fido, whereas we loathe serpents.

Besides… Fido is WAY smarter than a snake.

A Decapitated Copperhead Snake Bites Its Own Tail 

Sam Billinter of Huntsville, Alabama went outside to kill a Copperhead snake he was afraid might bite his son or dog. What happened next was crazy.

After hitting it with a big knife a few times, successfully decapitating it, he grabbed his camera to film.

“I wanted to take a video of its body moving without its head and within a couple of seconds it bit itself,” Billiter told AL.com. “That’s some crazy stuff right there.”

Copperhead bites itself after Huntsville man decapitates it (updated, video)

By Kristen HwangKHwang@al.com - Follow on Twitter
on August 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM, updated August 15, 2013 at 8:11 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — You’ve heard the proverbial tale about beheaded chickens running around as if nothing happened, but you’ve probably never seen a decapitated snake head bite its still thrashing body.

Huntsville resident Sam Billiter posted a public video on his Facebook Monday afternoon with the caption “Copperhead bites itself (after I decapitated it) very crazy watch it!!!”

Billiter went hunting for the snake in his woodpile after his wife saw it a couple days ago, he said.

Billiter said he did not want his 4-year-old son or dog to get bitten.

“As soon as I looked it up and saw it was a copperhead, there was no choice,” he said. “It had to die.”

It took four or five blows with a machete to decapitate the three-foot snake, Billiter said.

“I wanted to take a video of its body moving without its head and within a couple of seconds it bit itself,” Billiter said. “That’s some crazy stuff right there.”

It is crazy. Check it out below.

http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/08/decapitated_snake_head_bites_i.html

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2 Responses to “Huntsville, Alabama man decapitates Copperhead snake, which then bites itself”

  1. Now I’m afraid to look under my bed – might be a bunch of snake heads down there – and they can still bite!!!

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