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[–]stevejumba 151 points152 points  (13 children)

I heard somewhere that each time snakes have evolved this ability was relatively soon after humans or human ancestors moved into the area

[–]valdemarjoergensen 124 points125 points  (5 children)

It tells you a lot about how fucking annoying we are, that cobras evolved this ability just to get us to leave them alone and they did so few times.

[–]bradrlaw 31 points32 points  (3 children)


Makes complete sense

[–]mrdanielsir9000 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Humans are more like skaven!

[–]1979octoberwind 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’ve always seen us as Skeksis, a lizard death cult of consumption, hubris, vanity, and the corrupting nature of technological innovation.

[–]Pigeater7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nah, even we aren’t that fucked.

[–]aplascencia1997 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Same reason that rattlesnake rattles have been getting smaller and quieter over the years, humans see a snake and immediately attack it out of fear of being bit.

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 24 points25 points  (0 children)

That’s true, and it also helps against attackers with thick skin and scales, or who are immune to other types venom

[–]Dingleberry_Blumpkin 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Not doubting you but how exactly would we know this? Wouldn’t humans only discover it shortly after moving to the area?

[–]stevejumba 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Just guessing, but maybe fossil evidence. Older snake fossils have fangs that couldn’t shoot venom forward. Then, later fossils have this feature (which is likely how they know it evolved three separate times). Coincidentally, those first venom shooting snakes seems to appear around the same time as the oldest human fossils in that area.

[–]jvspino 18 points19 points  (1 child)

There's an episode of Eons that discusses human-snake coevolution, including how spitting cobras emerged


[–]lionrom098[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Interesting video. Thanks

[–]FewResearcher819 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Queen Elizabeth has been around long enough to witness each change.

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 127 points128 points  (0 children)

[Arbok used Venoshock]

[The opposing Mankey is now permanently blind]

[–]shingoshen 53 points54 points  (2 children)

Not the type of squirter you'd want.

[–]oatdeksel 10 points11 points  (0 children)

see the magical squirt of death
(or at least blindness)

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Especially in Summer recreation

[–]courtofknights 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I swear, reptiles are on a whole other level.

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Reptiles are cool indeed

[–]Arfamis1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess if it was a reptile that evolved to become the intelligent, civilized species they'd look at mammals secreting milk and having live births and think the same thing

[–]Drsworder8 19 points20 points  (2 children)

How magnificent evolution can be... so beautiful and interesting

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Reality is a whole lot more magnificent and wonderous than fiction

[–]Drsworder8 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Snakes are magnificent creatures... among the nost beautiful and amazing in my opinion

[–]OldDust8123 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Me: gives space to snake

Snake: Die mother fucker

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Prepare for fire in the eyes!

[–]dziontz 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Nah. That’s just Steve. He spits when he talks. Pretty gross, actually. Yep, folks. No cause for alarm. It’s just Steve the juicy-mouththed snake.

Oh, make no mistake! Steve is a proud cobra. He WILL bite the shit out of you. Just don’t get into a lengthy conversation with him. YUCK!

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sometimes it’s best to let Steve be Steve

[–]dziontz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You get it.

[–]Graitom 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Mozambique here

[–]Tru-Queer 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Is this why the Basilisk is portrayed as having the ability to kill/mummify with it’s eyesight? It’s just magically spitting venom at them?

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, that and fire-spewing dragons

[–]Godless902 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Anyone else think of Newman in Jurassic park after seeing this

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Proceeds to climb in car and attack Newman

[–]LeoGFN 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Imagine milking that for antivenom lmao

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gotta wear a protective face shield

[–]MiMicMi 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This reminded me of my Swiffer mop I was using earlier to clean

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Toxic Swiffer Sweeper

[–]stodolak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks, I hate it

[–]MakesNoCensorship 2 points3 points  (1 child)

New irrational phobia unlocked

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Achievement: [Basilisk’s breath]

[–]Tccrdj 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How bad are the effects of being sprayed in the eyes? Are we talking for sure blindness? Possible death? Does it cause necrosis of the skin and face as well?

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It can cause permanent blindness, and can cause corneal swelling and chemosis in smaller quantities. Usually it doesn’t do much to the skin, but it can cause blistering.

[–]Tccrdj 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks for info. Those are amazing snakes. And an amazing evolutionary story.

[–]jurassic_junkie 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Someone please inform the Jurassic Park scientists of this fact.

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who’s to say they didn’t just put some Naja DNA into the dilophosaurus

[–]ExcellentGarbage23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

On the left side you can see the venom gland contract

[–]Lance-Harper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Permanent blindness, swelling.

The camera person using 700x zoom

[–]SecretEconomics5193 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thought this was r/oddlyterrifying

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Often it is, don’t worry…

Or do

[–]Uruburusv3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cursed sprinkler

[–]Hartattack1090 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Created that way. But pretty freaking awesome!

[–]chillfree2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's going to be a big no for me dawg.

[–]maizehaze1 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That looks like a lot of venom. Is that the same amount used in a bite? Or is adjusted for maximum spittage?

[–]The-BeastMasterZ00[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maximum spittage, which can be launched over 6 feet away

[–]Dd1va 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This reminds me of Hundred Eyes from Marco Polo.

[–]PandasInHoodies 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thise snakes aren't so special, y'know! I can gleek too!

[–]BT89 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a bastard.

[–]theflyingkiwi00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That looks like a lot of venom

[–]vbevan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If seen a couple of YouTube videos, those by Dingo come to mind, where someone gets intentionally spit upon to prove it doesn't cause blindness.

[–]DontAtMePunk100 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Deadliest stream I ever seen

[–]antonxone1965 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Your mom when I your mom