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Name: Kelly
Status: educator
Grade: 4-5
Location: NE
Country: USA
Date: Fall 2013


Question:
How do Greater Roadrunners eat venomous animals without dying?



Replies:
The venom in the snake is not through its entire body. As long as the roadrunner can keep from being bitten when the capture the snake, they should be fine!

J. Elliott


The venom in the snake is not through its entire body. As long as the roadrunner can keep from being bitten when the capture the snake, they should be fine!

Grace Fields


Different creatures have different tolerances to the toxins of other animals. The Biochemistry may be quite complicated, but that is the simple answer.

Vince Calder


Hi Kelly,

Thanks for the question. The venom of an animal is typically only effective if it gets into the bloodstream. Thus, one can (in principle) eat the venom of an animal and the enzymes in the stomach will break it down and render it harmless. Also, heating a venom can render it harmless.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions. Thanks Jeff


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