Showing posts with label Desmodus rotundus.. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Desmodus rotundus or common vampire.

Vampires have given rise to many legends and stories of yesteryear who have forged a popular place in our unconscious.Possibly the best known is the story of Dracula or the Chupacabra,fantastic creatures that attack their victims (humans and animals)sucking all the blood and literally leaving them dry.

The vampire Desmodus rotundus is the best known and most extensive habitat in the world. The most characteristic feature of this vampire is the way you eat, of course, is sucking the blood of their victims.

At night is most active, and is nourished by blood, mostly fromlarge mammals such as horses and cattle. It has been observedfeeding on the blood of chickens and also attacks humans.

The first thing is to bite, a bite surface in order to go licking theblood from the wound. The common vampire bat's saliva has a powerful anticoagulant (which began to be used in medicine) and prevents the wound from closing until the end.

There are two main dangers for the animal victims of this mammal.

1 - If an animal (a cow) is attacked by several individuals of vampires, and for several days. Literally left without blood, causingthe death of the animal.
2 - You can transmit diseases, including rabies.

But the common vampire bat has a nice side ... Their high intakemay share with others of their species to survive. Because onlythose who receive the food could die because they can not be more than 48 hours without eating.

As I said before, the bad reputation of this animal does not correspond with reality. It was possibly attributed due to the damageproduced in animals that fulfilled an important role in rural societiesof yesteryear.


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