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Pitbulls are no longer the "badass" breed..

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by pookie!, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    Most scientists now think the mouth full of bacteria leading to infection leading to death theory is not accurate. They are now believed to be truely venomous. from an old bbc news page...

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    [TD="colspan: 2"][h=1]Komodo dragons have venomous bite[/h]
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    [TD][​IMG] Komodos grow to two metres in length


    The Komodo dragon has a bite tinged with a deadly venom, according to researchers. Previously it was thought the Komodo's mouth harboured virulent bacteria that quickly infected and subdued prey.
    But an analysis of Komodo specimens has shown a well-developed venom gland with ducts that lead to their large teeth.
    The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report shows that rather than using a strong bite force, Komodos keep a vice-like grip on their prey.
    In this way, the venom can seep into the large wounds they make with their teeth.
    The work is a follow-up to a 2006 study by Bryan Fry of the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University of Melbourne.
    The study showed that known venomous lizards, such as the Gila monster of the south-western US, were in the same lineage as Komodo dragons.
    It went on to describe how the venom systems in the lizards and snakes actually came from a common ancestor.
    Members of the same team have now used a computer simulation to model the skulls of Komodo dragons. They found that their bite was only one-sixth as strong as that of the Australian saltwater crocodile, which has a similarly-sized skull.
    Instead, Komodo skulls seem optimised to withstand stress along their length - that is, to resist prey that is pulling away.
    Further, the team took MRI scans of Komodo heads, identifying a large venom gland and ducts that lead to spaces between the animals' teeth.
    Dissection of the duct showed toxins that are known to lower blood pressure and act as anti-coagulants - causing prey to go into shock and bleed to death.
    'Radical' suggestion
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    [TD][​IMG] Megalania may have been the largest venomous animal in history

    The researchers suggest that Komodo dragons produce a small amount of comparatively weak venom, and the delivery method is not the most efficient.
    "These lizards make a huge wound using their teeth; that's good enough to get the venom in," says Christofer Clemente, a comparative physiologist at the University of Cambridge and a co-author of the study.
    "They are robust enough that they can hang on to prey. Other groups like snakes are much more fragile - they have to bite something and let it go. So they have these hollow fangs and more deadly venom."
    The findings would put another leading theory for Komodo predation to rest: that bacteria present in their mouths quickly infect prey.
    That suggestion was first posited briefly in a seminal book by Walter Auffenberg in 1981. However, more recent experiments have failed to show a bacterium species common to all Komodos.
    "That whole theory has been touted around for years, but has never really been proven," said Ian Stephen, curator of herpetology at the London Zoo.
    Dr Stephen told the BBC that the suggestion of the venomous nature of Komodo dragons was a "radical" one that raises the question of why the venom gland had not been discovered in dissected specimens before now.
    But, he said of the paper, "it is very interesting and it does all seem to make sense".
    The results also suggest that the now-extinct Megalania - a close relative of Komodos that grew to seven metres in length - would also have been venomous. It would therefore have been the largest venomous animal ever to have lived.

  2. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Wow that is pretty cool.. So technically there are now TWO venomous lizards.. the Komodo and the Gila
  3. luckilylovinlyfe

    luckilylovinlyfe Good Dog

    that little one at the top looks like a baby nile.... them little fuckers are mean. my ex had one and it bit me!! little bastard thats the last time I ever handled that thing.
  4. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    Awesome, thanks for the info. :)
    Also this:
    is freakin adorable.
  5. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Dude. Bad ass.

    I loved the picture with the dudes with the hyenas, and the one guy who had the baboon. Oh, and the dude toking down with his hyena. It's probably how they keep them calm.:lol:

    And yeah, they're still in the wild. It's FUCKING AFRICA. I don't care what kind of city, town, or village you've got going on, if you've got lions and shit coming up to your house, you're in the damn wilderness.
  6. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    I didn't think hyenas were that big...

    are those mutant hyenas??
  7. natalia'smom

    natalia'smom Banned

    oh, thats what I meant. they should make you have a license.
  8. jacko

    jacko Big Dog

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    BILLBKLYN Good Dog

    And why is it again that the continent of Africa can't seem to get itself out of the Stone Age? Stupid savages who think they're "warlords".
  10. jacko

    jacko Big Dog

    [video=youtube_share;4r7wHMg5Yjg]http://youtu.be/4r7wHMg5Yjg[/video] give me a couple of these
  11. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Honey badger jus dont care !!
  12. articledon

    articledon Little Dog

    what country in africa is this? the one picture has a child on the hyena, hikes!
  13. Blaze N' Pits

    Blaze N' Pits Good Dog

    Ok, that Honey Badger video is now to be posted on my FB as that shit was wayyyyyyy toooooo fuckinnnn funnyyyy lmao.

    The hyena's giving birth through their giant clits.... is so disgusting.... I had no idea... the shit you learn on here.

    And the article about the Komodo having venom was pretty interesting...
  14. notthatguy

    notthatguy Puppy

    More humans exploiting animals for whatever gain. Please be vigilant in your own neighborhoods, if there's an HOA that says no breeding and you know your neighbor is doing it, turn him in. My neighbor was inbreeding those poor Pitts, had them outside in a hot shed 24/7. All I could get him on was for not having county license, had to wait to move to turn him in to the HOA, I had too many dogs of of my own and only two were allowed. Reason why moved to a place with no HOA, in his case, I am glad there was one though. All kinds of bad characters would show up at his place to buy a puppy. the guy made enough money, three cars, motorcycles, etc.
  15. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    All I got to say is you are "that guy" and please remember "Snitches get stitches".
  16. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    What in the HELL does that have to do with anything???

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    Which means when they email you telling you they are the prince of Nigeria, they mean that they ran out of money to keep their hyena and need more.
  17. ButterflySouls

    ButterflySouls Little Dog

    Dammit! The prince of Nigeria emailed me and proposed! I don't think I can handle hyenas though. Should I turn him down?
  18. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Uh yeah. If I did that, not only would half the neighborhood be gone (which would be a good thing, and there's a proposed law making breeding pit bulls illegal here, not sure if it's a law now or not), but I'd have the other half of the neighborhood out to cap my ass, fuck up my house, steal my dogs.. all kinds of unpleasant shit.

    As MJ said, be careful, "snitches get stitches".
  19. natalia'smom

    natalia'smom Banned

    this is terrible please turn people like this in. damn backyard breeders:mad:
  20. mistress2212

    mistress2212 Little Dog

    I said exactly the same thing! (with a few swear words added) :lol:

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