October 2010 Meeting: Phil Nicodemo Snake anatomy, locomotion, striking, feeding, and blood circulation
|Date:||October 6, 2010|
|Location:||Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150|
Phil Nicodemo presenting on Snake Anatomy and Behaviors
When most people are asked to envision a snake-- a limbless, cylindrical, scaled animal may come to mind.
Although the external body plan of most snakes share this general description, snakes can actually varying considerably in there underlying,internal components(skeleton, muscles, organs), that allow normal function.
This raises several interesting questions such as: Do all snakes behave 'similarly' in regards to feeding/moving/striking etc?
If so, is it because of similar muscles, bones, and organs(i.e morphology?)
If not, what causes the variability we see in nature?
The goal of this presentation is to illustrate the diversity of snake behaviors, and realize that many solutions can be utilized to solve similar 'problems' snakes may encounter in the wild.
Special focus will be on: Snake anatomy, locomotion, striking, feeding, and blood circulation.