Snakes & Venom STEMinar - Wednesday, September 30 at 12:00 PM

Snakes & Venom STEMinar tomorrow

The Kiss of Death: How Animals Use Their Venom

Because of their deadly brew of toxins, venomous animals often inspire extreme emotions: fear and loathing in some, and intense fascination in others. All such animals share several things in common: venom synthesis and storage come at a cost, and the quantity of venom available is limited. Thus, these animals should be judicious when using their venom to secure a meal or defend against a predator. Dispensing insufficient venom in a bite or sting can lead to failure, whereas excessive venom delivery can be metabolically costly and leave the animal with insufficient venom to secure additional prey or defend itself. This presentation will focus on whether venomous animals, such as snakes, scorpions, and spiders, have the cognitive capacity to make decisions about venom deployment - a phenomenon called “venom metering.” Meeting ID: 910 1641 9909 Passcode: 933388
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