Posts tagged ‘Poisonous Snake’

What is an ASP?


ASP is the name of a poisonous Egyptian cobra?

Asp is the name of a poisonous snake found in Egypt.  This small, greenish-brown snake, native to the Nile, belongs to the cobra family of snakes.  It is also known as the “Egyptian cobra.”

The asp is as poisonous and dangerous as the legendary Indian cobra.  Like its Indian cousin, the asp spreads its umbrella like hood when it is ready to strike, by pulling forward ribs at the side of the neck.  Like most poisonous snake, it uses its poison as a way of catching food.

Asps are generally peaceful and retreat from man whenever they can, but will bite, if molested.

The asp was sacred to the ancient Egyptians.  They figure of an asp appeared on the headdress of early Egyptian rulers as a symbol of their royalty, and was often carved on the portals of Egyptian temples.

According to tradition, Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, died from the bit of an asp.  – Dick Rogers


What is a mongoose?


Mongoose are weasel like creatures found in India, Africa and some other countries.

Only little larger than house cats, mongooses are famous as snake killers, especially of cobras.

In “Rikki-tikki-tavi” Rudyard Kipling tells the story of a little mongoose that kills a king cobra, on of the most poisonous snakes in the world.

Actually, the mongoose only attacks a cobra when it is hungry.  When it gets within striking range, the mongoose bristles out its fur and makes feint, leaping forward and away to provoke the snake into striking.

The mongoose is not immune to the cobra’s poison.  It simply depends on its speed to dodge the cobra’s deadly fangs.

Then, with perfect timing, the mongoose pounces on the snake before it has a chance to strike again and cracks its head with a powerful bite.  Mongoose also catches rats, mice, and other small animals.  – Dick Rogers

What is a Gila monster?

A Gila monster (pronounced HEE la)  is a large, poisonous lizard that makes its home in the deserts of southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Gila Monster

It is easy to recognize a Gila monster.  It has fat, clumsy body about two feet long and is covered with beadlike orange-and-black scales.

The Gila’s short, stumpy tail is a storage place for fat.  The creatures can live on this stored-up fat for months.

The bite of a Gila monster is similar to that of a poisonous snake.

When the Gila bites, it will often chew its victim, working the poison into the wound with its grooved teeth.

Small animals die quickly when bitten.  Usually, human beings suffer only painful swellings.

Fortunately, these lizards are very slow-moving and it is easy to keep out of their way.

Gila monsters are named for the Gila River region of Arizona, where they were first discovered.  – Dick Rogers