Our second Head-to-Head is even more dramatic than the first. It’s a battle between size and venom. Are you ready?
It may be Christmastime out there in the real world, but here on Ranking the Kingdom it is time for War. The Moose and Rattlesnake both scored 68’s in their reviews, and this week we finally decide who would win in an all-out animal brawl. The Moose are strong, well-insulated, and large and/ or in charge. The Rattlesnake is small, but fast and full of venom. In an animal face-off fit for kings we pit the world’s population of Rattlesnakes against the world’s population of Moose, and you won’t believe who comes out on top. Or maybe you will. Put some cocoa on the fire, wrap yourself up in a log, and drink some nice hot blanket as you listen to the sounds of Animal War on War Apocalypse.
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(0:00 – 7:05) – Intro: Christmas, Population Updates, ASPCA.
(7:11 – 14:59) – The Armies: Moose, Rattlesnakes, Compared.
(15:02 – 25:00) – The War: Stampeding, Biting, Envenoming.
(25:03 – 31:31) – The Outcome: Where we declare the winner.
Thank you to Silent Partner for the intro/transition/outro music “Cloud Patterns”
Thank you to the following for the free sources:
https://twitter.com/AlongsideWild/status/811740693911769092 (Rattlesnake Venom Can’t Take Down Moose)
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/56003281/0 (Moose Population – Roughly 2 Million)
http://www.equinews.com/article/rattlesnake-bites-may-be-serious-horses (Rattlesnakes and Horses)
http://wildliferesearch.org/the-timber-rattlesnake/ (Timber Rattlesnake Population)
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/64311/0 (Western Diamondback Population – 100,000)
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/64308/0 (Eastern Diamondback Population – 100,000)
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/64346/0 (Massassauga Rattlesnake Population – 10,000)
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/64315/0 (Sidewinder Population – 100,000)
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/64315/0 (Pygmy Rattlesnake Population – 100,000)
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/64332/0 (Mojave Rattlesnake Population – 100,000)
http://reptilis.net/serpentes/venom.html (Venom Replenishment – 3 days to 3 weeks)
http://factsanddetails.com/asian/cat68/sub434/item2438.html (Venom Replenishment – Approx. One Month)
http://www.venomousreptiles.org/forums/Experts/5865 (More Discussion on Venom Replenishment)
http://traffic.libsyn.com/rankingthekingdom/05_-_Moose.mp3 (Ranking the Kingdom – Moose)
http://traffic.libsyn.com/rankingthekingdom/04_-_Rattlesnake.mp3 (Ranking the Kingdom – Rattlesnake)
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