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Marc Lallanilla
Life's Little Mysteries
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:37 CDT

If you suffer from ophidiophobia - an irrational fear of snakes - you may want to think twice before watching the above video. And if you assume that the albino Burmese python opened a closed door purely by accident, know this: Snakes and other reptiles are surprisingly clever.

A 2011 study published in the Journal of the Royal Society: Biology Letters found that lizards are smart enough to solve puzzles to help them find food, and could quickly adapt to changes in those puzzles, meaning they're as smart as some other vertebrates.

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A few years back these brown snakes

started drinking milk from cows. First one then another and another person saw brown snakes kinda stand up on tippy toe (if you can imagine a snake doing so) and they yomp onto the cow's teat and slurp away so gently the cow doesn't seem to mind or even notice.

All the herpetologists were amazed cause, well, the brown snakes evolved here but in evolutionary terms cows haven't even unpacked their suit cases. Everybody assumed snakes stopped evolving like a gazillion years ago. In one of the most colossal mixed metaphors of all time, people assumed not being able to teach an old dog new tricks applied to snakes.

Well apparently not. But who even knew a snake's digestive system could handle dairy products? I doubt even Little Miss Muffet suspected the spider was more interested in the curds and whey.

So what's next? Lactose intolerant snakes?

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