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The zamka was common to the dry hills of western Harad. Its name translated as "snare," and was derived from this snake's method of attack. The zamka whiped its tail out like a lash and coiled about a limb or appendage. The snake's long body was lined with small barbs along each side. The barbs were coated with a poisonous secretion which entered through the skin of its victim. Thi muscle poison essentially paralyzed the prey. When its venom took effect — in forty-five seconds — the serpent would move to constrict its prey. Once the victim was dead, the zamka remained with the corpse until time and weather had softened it. Then the snake begán its feast. Other animals of the region were aware of the nature of the zamka and would steer well clear of any kill it guarded, for the snake would not hesitate to add another body to its larder, should any be foolish enough to approach.


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