Cautionary tale That's how Paltu Ram, a farmer in his 20s, died. Vitamin C overdose results in nothing worse than diarrhoea, and anaphylaxis cannot occur. In turn a Californian Vet, Dr Wendell Bellfield, carried on the good work with impressive results on all sorts of dog ailments that are generally considered incurable or fatal. Adults recognize the need to conserve their precious venom. How could a snake, such as a red-bellied water snake Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster , which eats a diet consisting of fish, tadpoles and aquatic frogs, possibly subdue its prey without the ability to strike underwater?
The human approached, and the living babies scattered, but the weakened mother resorted to a mouth-gaping and hissing defense display, revealing the tails of the dead baby snakes. Few birds of prey or monitor lizards will move upon a inch-long hatchling rock python lying close within the coils of its foot-long mother. A frightened hiker or outdoorsman might mistake this sustained display of anger and self-defense as being chased by the snake. But in one indication of how many monsoon deaths are caused by snakes, Bangladesh's government said Thursday at least 35 of the people killed in this year's monsoon died from being bitten by the creatures, the second-highest cause of death after drowning. On his way up, he reached for what looked like a brown rope.