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All About Snakes
There are around 2,900 species of snake sharing the planet with us. For those of you that are afraid or dislike snakes, that’s probably about 2,900 too many. But if it’s any consolation to you, only about 375 of these species are venomous. The trouble with snakes, aside from their slithery bodies and forked tongues, are they can be anywhere. Snakes can live on the ground, in the trees and even in water.
A snake is not slimey (even though it appears to be) but it does have scales. The scaly skin on its belly helps the snake grasp the ground (or tree) and propels it forward. As they grow they will shed their old skin. This is something like us taking off a sock, the snake crawls out of the old one and in doing so turns it inside out. Sometimes you will find the discarded skin of a snake on the ground or nearby logs.
These reptiles are found all over the world, except in the extreme cold climates. They are cold-blooded so they need to use the sun and heated rocks to keep themselves from freezing to death.
All snakes eat meat (mice, insects, frogs) and hunt by means of their smell. However, their smell does not come from a nose, but rather their tongues. When a snack moves its tongue in and out of its mouth, it is actually trying to get a sense of its surrounding. This sense of smell is so powerful, the snake can track its prey by collecting airborne particles in a special organ found in its palette. It’s known as the vomeronasal organ.
Other snakes, like Boas, Pit Vipers and Pythons, can actually “see” heat. A special sensor located on their snouts’ gives them an infrared ability that determines the body heat of prey mammals and predators. Of course, we have to also expect the snake to be very sensitive to the movements and vibrations along the ground, since this is where it spends most of its time.
We have most likely seen pictures or videos of snakes consuming their meals whole. It’s a long slow process and some of the prey goes in alive. The snake’s jaws are not fused together, but rather have a hinge-like ability. So it can actually take in prey many times the width of its mouth. Have you ever wondered how they can breath with such a mouth full? The snake has a small tube located at the bottom of its mouth which allows it to breathe while stuffing its face with a tasty rodent.
Snakes are very fascinating, even if you are not a huge fan of them. Check out more information on the internet or at your local library.
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