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Bad Strike - Interesting Kill

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Uploaded on Aug 9, 2011

Alex makes a bad strike but in doing so prove what constriction is really about: pressure. For the longest time it was believe that asphyxiation was the main factor in constriction, but in recent years it have come to light that constriction kills more due to the immense pressure. Constriction causes lethally high blood pressure. So most prey items die from that long before they could die from lack of oxygen.

In this case, the snake only has the bottom half of them body constricted. The upper half is free. Thankfully it was pinned to the hide at an angle where it couldn't turn around and bite Alex.

Now, I have no love loss for rats, but while this instrigued me from a scientific POV, I must say that I felt a little sorry for the rat. Most of Alex's kills are less than a minute. This one takes well over 3 minutes.

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