was there any connection between lowered snake populations and the incredibly fast spread of the Black Plague?
Asked By: kelleygaither2000 - 10/19/2006
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low snake populations were a contributing factor, but the real culprit was ignorance and superstition. people in the middle ages were illiterate and fearful. they believed as a whole that cats were evil creatures - the familiars of witches and such. as the plague progressed, the peasantry cast about for a culprit, and... More
Answered By: bombhead - 10/19/2006
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Think it through.... The Black Plague was spread by fleas from rats. What eats rats and keeps the rat population down? Cats, dogs and ______.
Answered By: Ginger/Virginia - 10/19/2006
Could be since the Plague was actually a mutated form of the flu virus. It could have very well been an inter-species flu. Be some interesting research for you. Pathological diseases and communicable diseases also inter species diseases and disorders
Answered By: luvtheman692000 - 10/19/2006
When the rats which hosted the fleas which carried the Black Plague died, a major source of food for the snakes was eliminated. Snakes generally don't eat carrion, so their population drastically declined.
Answered By: ohhhdear - 10/19/2006
Snakes are good, spiders are good...rats and flies...that's what they eat (yuk). The plague was spread by fleas on rats. Rats were there 'cause of filthy cities, made by people that chased out the snakes 'cause snakes find people less than desirable.
Answered By: ladepons - 10/19/2006
Hey don't blame St. Patrick for this one! It was the change in climate that killed off the snakes, whom didn't kill off enough rats.
Answered By: buccaneersden - 10/19/2006
Answered By: brainstorm - 10/19/2006
Like most diseases, Bubonic plague was first found in South East Asia. From there it spread into China and India. Then it spread along the major trade routes of the Muslim Empire and along the silk road. It was estimated that this process took anywhere between 150 to 200 years according to some of the historians I've... More
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