August 08, 2013

Swamp Hunt Facts

  • Snakes shed their skin in a single piece, including their eye caps, as opposed to lizards which shed in sections.

  • A third of children are being raised in a household without a father present.

  • Voodoo originated from the Fon people of West Africa who call spirits "Vodoun".

  • Metal banjo strings were invented around 1857. They were cheaper than purchased gut strings and lasted longer than the home-made fiber strings.

  • Less than one percent of West Virginia is wetland – about 102,000 acres. Since the late 1700s, this area has decreased by 24%.

  • The maker of Gore-Tex fabric, the Simms Company, worked with W.L. Gore to invent breathable waterproof overalls or "waders". These new trousers improved on the old neoprene waders that were hot and didn't allow for moisture to escape.

  • Riparian wetlands are land areas near streams that are seasonally soaked since the rate at which water flows into them surpasses the rate of evaporation.

  • "Karst terrain," or places where there is soluble rock, covers more than 20% of the US and are places where sinkholes can potentially form.

  • Even though they cannot escape a correctly tied bag, snakes can still through most bags, making them an ever-present danger.

  • Most people die from snakebites due to the delay of reaching a hospital within an hour or so.

  • Even nonvenomous snakes will flatten their bodies; rattle their tails, hiss and bite in order to defend themselves mimicking venomous rattlesnakes.

  • The proper snake container should be at least 1/3 as long as the snake's body.

  • Agkistrodon genus includes copperheads and cottonmouths, better known as "water moccasins."

  • Cottonmouths and copperheads are commonly mistaken for each other but a crucial distinction is that copperheads have two black dots on the center-tops of their heads.

  • King Snakes are known to eat other snakes and are immune to their venom.

  • Gathering snake venom is referred to as "milking".

  • Besides biting or hissing, another defensive snake tactic is ejecting musk, which has a horrible odor.

  • Cottonmouths and Copperheads have different attacking methods: Copperheads engage in a rapid strike-and-release pattern, as opposed to gripping and holding on, as the copperhead does.

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