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Snake Science in Queensland

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Guido Westhoff applies a dental rubber compound onto the skin of a Horned sea snake (Acalyptophis peronii).  He will be doing a positive print out of the skin using this polymer. The polymer will be analyzed in an.electron microscope looking at the skin's ultrastructure - to find out if sea snakes have specific ultrastructures to enhance swimming efficiency (similar to shark skin).