Q:

Why are pigs immune to snake bites?

A:

Quick Answer

No animal is immune to snake bites, but pigs have a thicker layer of skin than most animals. According to Books Upstairs, this is due to the thick layer of adipose tissue that makes it harder for venom to seep into the bloodstream. Science Daily notes that adipose tissue is normally found beneath the skin and around internal organs in mammals.

Know More
Why are pigs immune to snake bites?
Credit: Greg Schechter CC-BY 2.0

Full Answer

Since pigs eat just about anything, they also readily devour snakes around them. Pigs also kill snakes out of natural instinct. Because humans have noticed pigs eating and rarely being affected by snake attacks, hogs have garnered a reputation as being immune to snake bites, but this is not entirely true.

A study from Loma Linda University contradicted this myth when testing the hazardous effects of snake venom on human skin. Because pig skin is similar to humans, hogs were used as test subjects. According to the findings, pig skin necrotized at the same rate of human skin when snake venom was injected. With that being said, a pig's reaction to a snake bite largely depends on the pig itself.

Wild pigs in particular have thick hides that are tough to penetrate, which is why many hunters need large caliber bullets to successfully hunt them. The hide of a wild pig is about as thick as armor around their vital organs. A domestic pig could also be a ferocious opponent against a snake, depending on the size and weight of the animal.

Learn more about Barnyard Mammals

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are predators of pigs?

    A:

    In North America, predators of the pig include mountain lions, coyotes, dingoes, alligators and bobcats. Pigs have been domesticated since 10,000 BC and often live on farms. Wild and domesticated pigs can be found on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Wild pigs are fast runners and good swimmers. They seek out moist forests near swamps and rivers as their habitat.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do pigs live?

    A:

    The exact habit of a pig depends on whether it is wild or domesticated, though both wild and domesticated pigs can be found all over the world. Domesticated pigs will be found in areas of human settlement such as farms, which exist basically wherever humans can be found on the planet, while wild pigs are hearty animals that can make their homes in a variety of climates and habitats and can even live out of immediate range of fresh water. Pigs can be found in all but the harshest climates on the planet and have both domesticated and wild presence on all of the continents that are inhabited by humans (with the exception of Antarctica).

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a group of pigs called?

    A:

    The name for a group of pigs depends on the animals' ages. A group of young pigs is called a drift, drove or litter. Groups of older pigs are called a sounder of swine, a team or passel of hogs or a singular of boars.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where did pigs originate?

    A:

    Domestic North American pigs originated from wild stocks in European, Asian and North African forests. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, wild North American pigs are believed to have been aboard Christopher Columbus’ second voyage in 1493 and brought to the United States in the early 1500s.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore