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Venom glands similar to those of snakes are found for first time in amphibians –

Publicado em 02 outubro 2020

Por André Julião | Agência FAPESP

A group led by researchers at Butantan Institute in Brazil and supported by FAPESP has described for the first time the presence of venom glands in the mouth of an amphibian. The legless animal is a caecilian and lives underground. It has tooth-related glands that, when compressed during biting, release a secretion into its preyearthworms, insect larvae, small amphibians and snakes, and even rodent pups. A paper reporting the study is published in iScience.“We were analyzing the mucus glands i…