Facts About Snakes

Snakes are reptiles and there are all types of snakes in the world today. Some are poisonous while others are not. Those that are not poisonous are actually good for the ecosystem in the sense that they eat small rodents that would otherwise make us over run with the rodents in the first place. There are very small snakes when full grown, and yet there are enormous snakes when fully grown. Some have the ability of digesting a small pig. When a snake strikes, in many cases, you have simply come across the snake’s path and frightened it. Most snakes are not aggressive, however, they can be if put in the path of danger or feel they are in danger. Snakes are also called Serpents.

People like to keep snakes as pets

There are some types of snakes that have somewhat become domesticated. People can literally go into pet stores and find certain species of snakes. Snakes such as garter snakes will usually not bother you and they would be one you might find in a pet store. In addition, a much bigger snake and a few others would be the boa constrictor snake. These snakes can get huge and they squeeze their meal before eating it. They like to go after the food as well. For example, if their diet is small mice, they would much rather have a live mouse than one that is dead and dropped in the cage. In addition, the longer you make them go hungry, the higher the chance they could strike at you if they haven’t eaten in some time. They have to stay in one place after a meal because many snakes eat their meal whole.

Snakes in the wild

Depending on where you live will determine what snakes you will have around you. Although most snakes will not be in residential areas but when one or two get the courage to venture out, you will see them. Or if someone has purchased a snake as a pet and then decided to let it go, then you will see the snake as well. The most commonly purchased snake is a constrictor. They can get very big and hard to take care of. Some people believe that the anaconda in the rainforests can actually get big enough to kill a human. That is if the human is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

How a snake appears to you?

Snakes are legless reptiles and also called serpents. They can be noted as being snakes by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Snakes are covered with what seem as scales that overlapped. This also helps them move along as well. Some snakes have literally got jaws that will dislocate so they can swallow their food. This way, they can swallow their prey more easily. Living snakes are known to be in every continent except Antarctica, in some large islands such as Ireland and many small islands too. Currently there are about 15 families of snakes, with 456 genera and more than 2,900 species.

Big and small snakes

Snakes can be of wide range of sizes, which is one of the most interesting features about them. There are snakes that are about 10 cm long, for example, the Barbados threadsnake. There are also snakes that are almost 7.6 meters long, such as anacondas and pythons. Snakes have some interesting characteristics such as they smell with their tongues and they never blink.

Snakes and bones

Most of the species of snakes have skeletons and some of them can have about 300 pairs of ribs. The fangs of the snakes are replaced throughout their lifetime. Some of the extinct species of snakes were even longer and fossils of snakes found from ancient time support this fact. For example, the fossil of Titanoboa snake has been found which is about 45 feet long.

Are all snakes poisonous?

Contrary to popular belief, most of the species of snakes are non-poisonous or non-venomous. Snakes use their venom mostly to kill or restrain their pray. There are some species of snake capable of causing painful injury and death to different species of animals and also human. Different species of snakes also have different techniques to attack their preys. For example, the Black-Necked Cobra spits out venom into the eyes of their preys to make them blind.

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