BY JAMES GORMAN
It’s pretty obvious that boa constrictors squeeze the life out of their prey.
But how, exactly? Do they suffocate them?
That explanation, long the conventional wisdom, had been challenged but not tested, according to Scott M. Boback, a herpetologist at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
He joined with his colleague Charles F. Zwemer and several undergraduates to do just that. Their conclusion, reported in The Journal of Experimental Biology, is that blocking blood flow—not stopping the breath—is what kills the prey.
Read more in the New York Times.
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