Vermin vs. Venom – The Grasshopper Mouse

The grasshopper mouse is one hell of an animal. As seen in the video above, it can shrug off deadly bark scorpion stings to the face, and in fact converts the venom into a painkiller. The more it gets stung, the less pain it feels. That’s rather mental! It’s all due to the presence of a vital protein termed Nav1.8. This sodium channel is based in the pain-sensing neurons of the mouse, and the venom of the bark scorpion binds to it and blocks it, thereby negating the pain entirely. More information can be found over at Not Exactly Rocket Science.

Enjoy the image of a mouse eating a scorpion whilst being stabbed in the face. Onwards!

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