Snakes predict earthquakes

China has come up with an earthquake prediction system which relies on the behavior of snakes. Snakes might be hyper-aware of being crushed in their burrows and therefore respond to unknown quake predictors.

A south China bureau monitors local snake farms 24 hours per day via video cameras linked to a broadband Internet connection.

“Of all the creatures on Earth, snakes are perhaps the most sensitive to earthquakes. When an earthquake is about to occur, snakes will move out of their nests, even in the cold of winter. If the earthquake is [likely] a big one, the snakes will even smash into walls while trying to escape.”