Some Interesting Facts And Information About Snakes

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The term “snake” is an umbrella term for a very diverse group of reptiles that includes the boa, python, cobra, and viper. Snakes are classified into three major groups: land-dwelling snakes (such as the coral snake and sidewinder), sea snakes (which can be found in tropical waters around Australia and Asia), and burrowing snakes (like the blind snake). There are more than 2,600 species of snakes in the world. Here are some other interesting facts about snakes:

Have Tongue:


Snakes have a tongue. It might look like a forked tongue, but snakes actually only have one fork in their tongue. The second fork is symbolic and does not function much at all. However, the snake’s sense of smelling works like that of a snake with two tongues. As such, there are holes behind the eyes that work as nose openings to detect smells in the air.

Not Harm Without Reason:


The majority of snakes never bite humans unless they feel threatened or afraid; however, 130 species of snakes do pose a threat to human beings and should be given careful respect and caution when encountered in an outdoor setting.

Use of Fangs

Most venomous (poisonous) types of snakes use their fangs to inject venom into prey animals or into enemies (such as other snakes that they want to fight off or kill). However, there is no snake that can shoot venom out of its mouth like a spitting cobra.

Cold Blooded:

Snakes are cold-blooded; however, they can’t control their body temperatures. They depend on the environment around them to regulate their body heat.

Not Have Ears Line Human:

Snakes don’t hear with their outer ears as humans do; instead, they hear through holes located in the roofs of their mouths and through bones surrounding their bodies. In addition, snakes cannot swallow prey while it is positioned vertically – it has to be dropped down from head height so that it lands horizontally inside the snake’s throat.

Have Eyelids:

Snakes have eyelids, but they can’t blink. To keep their eyes moist, they rely on special fluid-secreting glands on the eyes. They also shed their skin regularly throughout their lives to help them grow and to get rid of any traces of excess moisture inside the skin.

Some are Non-Poisonous:

Snakes are non-poisonous in Australia, Asia, Europe, Antarctica, North America, and South America; however, it is possible for an Asian snake to be poisonous in Africa due to various factors including food sources and other environmental conditions that might affect the snake’s body chemistry.

Longest One:

The longest snake ever recorded was a python (Medusa reticulata) snake that measured 33 feet (10 meters) long. However, the average length of a snake is between 3-6 inches (7.5 – 15 centimeters). The heaviest snake ever recorded was a python as well, weighing 220 pounds (100 kilograms).

Not All Lay Eggs:

Not all snakes lay eggs; some types give birth to live babies. In addition, female snakes often store sperm inside their bodies for more than one year before fertilizing their eggs with it. It is also possible for several male snakes to mate with one female at once if she allows them to do so.

Average Lifespan:

The average lifespan of a snake is between 20 and 30 years, however, it is possible for a captive-born red-tailed boa to live more than 50 years. In contrast, the average lifespan of a wild snake is no more than 5 years because they are constantly under threat from predators such as eagles, coyotes, and other snakes.

Killing is Crime:

In some countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand, killing or harming a snake can result in serious legal consequences including imprisonment.

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