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Grand pa's snakebite (Bushmaster) Part 1 This is when my wife's grandfather (a cucama indian from the Peruvian Amazon) was bitten by a viper - (Bushmaster snake) and we took him to a hospital in Nauta, Peru. Notice how empty and poor the hospital was, they had nothing more than what I have in my medicine cabinet in New York. Here I also talk with my wife's aunt whom lost her leg from a Bushmaster bite when she was a child and ended up making her own wooden leg and taught herself how to walk again. The Amazon can be a rough world. Snakes are elongate, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with many more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes' paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca.
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