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I want to ensure that my burial tomb is guarded by a pit of snakes for all the ages, similar to that featured in Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark). Initially, I thought I could have an ecosystem of snakes where larger species ate smaller species, but there would reach a point where the food supply would truncate and the species upstream on the food chain would be affected.

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Working backwards, if I want a pit that is perpetually filled with snakes, what starting ingredients do I need to include at time of burial?

Further clarifications

  • Time frame: needs to be viable for thousands of years
  • Closed off, it's a sealed, self-contained pit (possibly with tiny vents for oxygen)
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  • $\begingroup$ I think an ecosystem of snakes having a snake-only food chain could work, the smaller snakes would just have to multiply at a much quicker rate than the larger ones - which could be explained by natural selection (if 5 snakes get eaten, the species must create >5 snakes to last until procreation). Then I guess the question is what do the smallest snakes eat? $\endgroup$
    – Tyler N
    Commented Aug 12, 2020 at 17:56

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Let the snakes pick.

Find a cave that is already full of year round snakes. Then get buried in there. If the snakes are not ever leaving, the food will have to come to them. A good option is bats, which are tasty and which come and go from caves. So you could use

THE CAVE OF THE HANGING SNAKES!

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https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cave-of-the-hanging-snakes

In addition to the swarms of bats and dangling serpents, there is also a flooded portion of the cave that houses blind albino crustaceans. It’s possible that this is the creepiest cave in the world. Or at least the one that most resembles a Dungeons and Dragons setting.

Many bats, and the snakes that eat them actually living in the ceiling. Probably some wind up on the floor too. I suspect the bat biomass also supplies the albino crustaceans. Would it be excessive to have a giant Olm be the apex predator? No, I think that would be very appropriate.

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