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OhMaryOO
it spite of everything, yes, let's!
01:04 AM on 10/13/2012
Is there a more acceptable scientific term for the word "ewwww"?
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signgrrl
design & production
10:18 AM on 10/17/2012
''interesting''
it's very . . . . flexible.
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Johngy
05:09 PM on 10/12/2012
Maybe they'll find a Dodo while they're at it.
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jjerrbberr02
Registered Political Atheist
05:20 PM on 10/12/2012
That's easy... Watch the Kardashians, or any "Real Housewives of _____", and you'll see a whole gaggle of them
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uniqumm
Hot Snark served with relish
05:16 AM on 10/16/2012
I was working on something in that vein in the moments between reading both posts!

LOL!
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BuckyJamesDio
Watching the Friend count drop ...
02:55 PM on 10/12/2012
Waitwaitwait ... a venomous mammal and it's not from Australia?

Something's not right here ...
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jjerrbberr02
Registered Political Atheist
05:21 PM on 10/12/2012
Hahahaha! They even have TREES that will kill you.
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Stephen a Fazekas
09:24 PM on 10/12/2012
I hear even their national parks try to kill you like Port Arthur
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Dale Chan
Hope is both panacea and poison.
01:13 PM on 10/12/2012
The real question is though, how does it taste?
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VeryGrood
only class worse than micro-bio was molecular-bio
02:06 PM on 10/12/2012
There is a definite inverse correlation between population size and deliciousness.
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Diane Phillipa
Mad Woman with Crazy Tendencies
04:38 AM on 10/13/2012
Like chicken.
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onionboy
Blessed are the Cheese Makers
12:28 PM on 10/12/2012
I know some people with poisonous breath.
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09:07 AM on 10/12/2012
Wow, I read about the solenodons many years ago and thought it was so sad they were gone. Nice!!
08:54 AM on 10/12/2012
Haiti has cut down 99% of its forests??-- what a shizzithole of a country.
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GarethJonesLives
תיקון עולם
12:28 PM on 10/12/2012
That was already done when it was still a part of France.
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kwaut lizard
Reductio ad Absurdum
11:43 PM on 10/12/2012
Being pushed to change land-use practices under US occupation from 1915 to 1932 was the last death knell ecologically.
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uniqumm
Hot Snark served with relish
05:18 AM on 10/16/2012
Look at the sat pics!
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karen lyons kalmenson
i poem/paint, sometimes, i ain't
06:41 AM on 10/12/2012
very cool!!!
03:24 AM on 10/12/2012
Hi I have venomous saliva but if you scare me I hide it and just get eaten....JOKES ON YOU!
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Jt John
Asura's Samsara
12:04 AM on 10/14/2012
Yep, the joke is on me because I didn't understand a word you said.
04:49 PM on 10/14/2012
the animal has venomous saliva and could easily bite as a defense mechanism...yet it hides its head and ultimately gets eaten
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maninaustin
Not a partisan hack
11:33 PM on 10/11/2012
I cycled through the Humbolt park a few years ago. Didn't see any poisonous rats; but lots of beautiful island scenery.
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kwaut lizard
Reductio ad Absurdum
11:44 PM on 10/12/2012
Shrews have poisonous saliva and there are plenty of them there.
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abaft
Once-lers' Truffula stump
10:55 PM on 10/11/2012
Curious little critter.

I wonder how similar the venom is to that of the short-tailed shrew. Sounds like it's a very similar delivery, but the article does say it's a unique venom.
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kwaut lizard
Reductio ad Absurdum
11:44 PM on 10/12/2012
Shrews deliver venom through their saliva.
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abaft
Once-lers' Truffula stump
02:24 AM on 10/13/2012
from the article:
"The 30-centimeter-long, nocturnal solenodons possess a unique, venomous saliva that they inject through their teeth into their prey."

The statement isn't all that precise, but it seems very similar to the shrew, which secretes the venomous saliva from submaxillary glands.
So, you're right.
I just wonder how similar it is to the venom in the shrews saliva.
There could be gold in that there slobber... As there has been in the shrews'.
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June25
10:32 PM on 10/11/2012
If this creature was built to shoot venom out it's a*s this system of defence might make a little more sense.Kind of reminds me of possum who crossed our narrow bridge over the Missouri at nights.If surprised they just rolled over and played dead for 30 minutes.Not a great defence with wide trucks going back and forth.This is one time that running was the best defence.
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getsit
good morning, I'm here
07:38 PM on 10/11/2012
Ok, this little guy looks like a shrew. It would be nice if they mentioned the size of the animal. Is this venom dangerous to humans? Shrews also use venom too.
09:00 PM on 10/11/2012
Its in the first paragraph; they are 30 centimeters long. It does not mention them being dangerous to humans, but i doubt they would be very dangerous if their venom is not enough to protect themselves from cats, and rats.
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VeryGrood
only class worse than micro-bio was molecular-bio
02:08 PM on 10/12/2012
30 centimeters? What does that mean?!?!

We're in Amurica...
06:30 PM on 10/11/2012
so the animals self defense mechanism is to bury it's head in the sand?? (I will refrain from making this political, but OH so easy)...But this animal does not sound like it should survive very long...There must not have been a lot of predators to eat it before new species were introduced...
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getsit
good morning, I'm here
07:40 PM on 10/11/2012
We the travelers of the world spread all kinds of species thatpredate on animals who have no defense. What a great world this would be if dodo birds, and passenger pigeons, and ivory billed woodpeckers, and Moas etc, etc still existed.
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Counterglow
Werner Heisenberg may have been right.
08:15 PM on 10/12/2012
If they'd said "venomous reptile", I'd have been all over the Romney jokes.
06:29 PM on 10/11/2012
Well how come they let them go?why they don't raise them and release them in a save environment?or breed them.that's what I don't understand?
09:09 PM on 10/11/2012
The problem there is you're creating an unstable private population that could have really bad genetics for survival and diseases. Then you try to re-release them and the whole population suffers as a result because just one of the ones you bred carried something that should have killed it in the wild.
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Counterglow
Werner Heisenberg may have been right.
08:40 PM on 10/12/2012
In addition to the other points mentioned here, there's so little known about the animal, it would almost certainly be difficult to breed them in captivity. Although there are exceptions (lions for example), many animals breed only if they're completely at ease in their surroundings, their diet is excellent, and a hundred other factors line up perfectly.

If you'd like to find out more about that, I highly recommend Gerald Durrell's books. "Menagerie Manor", "A Zoo in My Luggage" and "The Bafut Beagles" are the only ones I can think of right now. He founded the Jersey Wildlife Trust, which is one of the first zoos that made captive breeding a priority. Durrell wrote with a lot of humour, style and genuine kindness about both animals and people.