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How do snakes defend themselves?

In addition to biting, snakes employ a wide range of behaviors to ward off potential predators. Rattlesnakes give warning with sound…cobras makes themselves appear more formidable by spreading their infamous hoods…water moccasins and black mambas display their menacing mouths…and eastern hognose snakes go so far as to play dead! But remember, all snakes can bite, so heed their warnings and leave them alone!

The Mysteries of Venom
Premieres Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel
Premieres Wednesday, February 26, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Yale researcher Zoltan Takacs travels around the world to locate blood samples from some of the world's deadliest snakes.

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