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“Suicide” of Black Snakes

Nature volume 29, page 504 | Download Citation



IN NATURE, March 13, p. 452, Mr. Edward Hardman, Government Geologist of Perth, West Australia, mentions an instance of the suicide, by its own venom, of a black snake. The snake had been wounded, and, the wounded part having been attacked by black ants, “it instantly turned short round and hit itself twice on the neck with seeming determination; in less than one minute it was dead.” Mr. Hardman believed the death to be due to its own venom.

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