Humans are not able to see infrared radiation without specialised equipment, but certain snakes can detect infrared radiation. See how they use it to deadly advantage.
- The pit viper uses special sensors in its snout to detect thermal radiation.
- Thermal radiation is given off from objects like warm-blooded animals, such as bats.
- In near darkness the snake can pounce accurately on the bat.
- Snakes are cold blooded so can carry these thermal sensors.
Bats use ultrasound to navigate through the darkest of caves.
But this super sense doesn't offer much protection from the sophisticated hunter lying in wait.
The pit viper is lightning fast and able to snatch its prey out of the gloom.
But how can it do this with such precision in near total …
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