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Bite This: Borrowed toad toxins save snake's neck

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11:12am, January 31, 2007

An Asian snake stocks its defensive arsenal by collecting toxins from poisonous toads, scientists report.

The tiger keelback snake stores toxins in glands behind its head, says Deborah A. Hutchinson of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. An attacker biting the snake's neck bursts the glands and gets a burning mouthful and sometimes a blinding squirt into the eyes.

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