Snakes

Flatulence As Snake Self-Defense

When threatened, the hook-nosed snake emits bursts of rumbling air from its cloaca, which is the snake's opening for sex and excretion. This "cloacal popping" is essentially flatulence. Two sets of muscles are used to isolate a compressed air pocket, which can then be released with enough force to propel the snake upward.

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Written by Curiosity Staff July 1, 2015

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