Born with a tool / The egg tooth

Born with a tool / The egg tooth

Snakes (turtles and other scaly reptiles) are born with a vital structure called the "egg tooth" allowing them to escape their first home, a soft shell.  As you all know, once they are out of it, they are fully operational and ready for action. The tooth is then discarded when the snake first sheds its skin. A astonishing ability that reminds us of our own fragility.

Published by on June 15, 2011
Filed under Bionics

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