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Old 07-31-03, 05:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I saw something about king cobras on TV,may have been Jeff Corwin,but I'm not sure.
There was speculation about the king cobra being capable of hearing sounds as they do have something of a voice.
Actually it's sort of a low breathy roar.
They recorded the "voice" and then played it back but did not receive a response from the snake.
However it does sound reasonable that some species(perhaps all) may be able to hear some frequencies. Perhaps the recording wasn't exact enough to elicit a response,I dunno.
Fact is,ears are an extension of the jawbone in all vertebrates,so even though snakes have lost all external hearing apparatus as well as their legs perhaps there remains a trace of the organs as in the spurs in pythons and boas (vestigial hind legs).

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