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  • Why do mice jump in the snake's mouth?

    Hi, I was wondering why they (as rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs and whatever else) are usually so calm when they're facing a predator... is it because they are captive bred and therefore not used to dangers? Is it because they don't even identify the snake as a living being because of its body temperature and smell? Do they have suicidal tendencies?

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    Re: Why do mice jump in the snake's mouth?

    "Suicidal tendencies?" hahahaha! Sounds to me like you are refering to domestic animals...and yes, their instincts are less than in wild creatures, though I'm pretty sure most still recognize a snake as danger.
    Maybe they get complacent...they are social creatures that learn from experiences...and if they haven't been under attack in the past, it's something 'new'? Or else they freeze, like a deer in the headlights?

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      Re: Why do mice jump in the snake's mouth?

      Mmmh I didn't think about that, interesting... Yeah I guess they don't have a very... developed psychology. X)

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        Re: Why do mice jump in the snake's mouth?

        I remember pondering the same thing long ago.

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