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i am somali living in somaliland, i want to know most of the people say snakes and other dangerous reptiles etc feed on mercury and they say it is too dangerous to get into its environment so is this true my second question is

what type of rocks is found in mercury, is mercury always a liquid or it can also be a solid i heard there is a type of mercury known as the red mercury which is very expensive is this true, is so how can i tell the true red mercury from the fake red mercury

thank you, mukhtar abdi

asked Jan 13, 2013 by Mukhtar (120 points)

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Never heard of snakes and other reptiles getting mercury poisoning. Mercury in a natural native state will always be a liquid. It will only become solid when frozen beyond its freezing point. Mercury is a silver metallic color. Your reference to a red mercury is most likely the mineral cinnabar, which is a bright red mineral composed of mercury sulfide, and the most prevalent ore of mercury.

answered Jan 15, 2013 by hershel (51,320 points)

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