Snakes & Lizards - Isaac Mallol
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Cloudforest whipsnake (Chironius monticola)

(ENG) Choronius monticola is a nonvenomous snake, but known by their aggressive attack pose. When this snake opens its mouth, it gets visible a small opening, just behind the tongue, called the glottis which leads into the trachea, or windpipe. As they do not chew their food, snakes are able to extend their glottis while they eat, which allows them to breath while they consume large prey items.

(ESP) Choronius monticola es una serpiente no venenosa, pero conocida por sus posturas de ataque agresivas. Cuando esta serpiente abre la boca se hace visible un orificio justo detrás de la lengua llamado glotis, el cual abre paso a la tráquea. Ya que las serpientes no mastican su comida, son capaces de extender la glotis hasta fuera de la boca mientras comen, esto les permite respirar mientras consumen presas de gran tamaño.

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