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Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
"Snake" is an ancient word and comes from the Indo-European base sneg, meaning "to creep"; it is also related to the word "snail," which has the same root.
How long do snakes live? We can't know for certain, but snakes in zoos have long lives. One boa constrictor has lived 27 years in a zoo, and a South American anaconda is still going strong after 28 years!
How big do snakes get? They can be very tiny or very large, depending on the kind. The ground snake is about 5 inches long while a python can grow to be 30 feet in length and weigh 200 pounds.
How often does a snake eat? Snakes eat only when they are hungry. This can be once every 3-4 days or the interval may be even longer – weeks or months. Zoo snakes, because they don't move much, may eat just one or two times a year!
Do all snakes lay eggs to reproduce? No, some snakes give birth to tiny living snakes that crawl off and take care of themselves right from the start.
What snake is the best mother? No snake mothers her babies the way humans do, but the python mother makes a nest and coils up on her eggs to keep them safe until they hatch.
How does a snake keep clean? Its scales are very smooth and fit together so there is no place for dirt to catch on a snakeskin. Also, snakes get brand-new skins every once in a while so they are usually very, very clean.
How many kinds of snakes are there? There are about 2,600 different kinds of snakes. Of these, about 400 are poisonous.
How many different kinds of snakes live in the U.S.? There are 126 different kinds of snakes in the United States. Only 19 are harmful to people.
Why is it true that snakes are good for the world? Snakes are very helpful. The small ones eat harmful bugs and insects. The big ones eat rats, mice, gophers, and animals that destroy crops. Good farmers and gardeners know how helpful most snakes are and are happy to have them around. All snakes except those that threaten people should be kept safe from harm. They are part of the chain of living things – as we are!

What did the naughty little diamondback say to his big sister?
"Don't be such a rattle-tail!"

What is a snake's favorite subject?

What do you call a snake without any clothes on?

Why is a snake so smart?
Because you can't pull its leg!

Why is a snake so careless?
Because it keeps losing its skin

What kind of snake keep its car the cleanest?
A windshield viper!

What kind of snake can do math in the dark?
A night adder!

What do snakes do at the end of a date?
They give each other a goodnight hiss!

How can you revive a snake that looks dead?
With mouse-to-mouth resuscitation

How did the snakes bust out of jail?
They scaled the wall!

What do snakes put on their HOME floors?

How do you measure a snake?
In inches. They don't have any feet!
Why can't snakes eat soup?
No spoon! They only have a forked tongue!

Why didn't the snakes leave Noah's Ark
and multiply like all the other animals?
They couldn't multiply. They were adders!

What clothing might sister snakes share?


Myth: Rat Snakes are poisonous.
Scientific Facts: - Rat snakes are NON POISONOUS, rodent eating reptiles.

Myth: Rat Snakes mate with cobras.
Scientific Facts: - Rat Snakes or any other snakes will not mate with any snake out of its own species. Cobras eat other snakes so a mating between a cobra and a rat snake is not possible.

Myth: Snakes drink Milk
Scientific Facts: - Snakes do not drink milk, neither can they digest it properly. They are reptiles and have no association with milk, only mammals who have mammary glands can produce milk and thus, a liking for milk in non mammals is unlikely. But in a crises when severely dehydrated, a snake might drink any liquid available.

Myth: - Some snakes grow a beard as they get older
Scientific Facts: - Snakes are reptiles and do not have any hair on their bodies let alone a beard. It is impossible for them to have beards for their bodies do not have any ability of growing hair.

Myth: - Snakes carry a diamond in their forehead
Scientific Facts: - It is impossible for a snake to carry anything in its head. The mythological status attached with a snake in India is probably responsible for this myth.

Myth: -Snakes remember you if you hurt it.
Scientific Facts: - Snakes are not vengeful animals and do not have the necessary intelligence to remember people or places for getting revenge. Hindi Movies have a lot to do with the creation of this myth

Myth: -If one snake is killed its partner will trace you (no matter wherever you are)
Scientific Facts: - Once again snakes are not vengeful animals and are not interested in chasing or tracing people who hurt them. They do not have the necessary memory and intellect to remember people to trace them back. Neither do snakes have a feeling of camaraderie or pair for life. Once again bollywood is responsible for this myth.

Myth: -Flying snakes can pierce somebody’s forehead or put out their eyes.
Scientific Facts: - A flying snake does not actually fly but only glide through the air by extending ribs and pulling in the underside. It can glide a distance of 330 Ft or 100 mt. It has an elongated head, which gives the scary feeling that it can pierce a person’s head or eyes.

Myth: - Snakes found in India can spit venom.
Scientific Facts: - No snake found in India can spit venom. Only spitting Cobras can spit venom and they are not found in India.

Myth:-There are “Two- headed” snakes.
Scientific Facts: - The snake charmers spread the myth about the two headed snakes only to maintain the mythological status of the snakes in India so they can continue attracting large crowds to their snake shows. In reality nothing as a two headed snake exists.

The largest snakes in the world are members of the family Boidae, which includes the boa and the python. Some members of this family never attain a length of more than 0.6 m (2 ft), but the largest may grow to more than 9 m (30 ft).
Sea snakes have no gills and must rise to the surface for air, but they can remain underwater for several hours, obtaining dissolved oxygen from water that they swallow and eject.
Approximately 2500 different species of snakes are known. Approximately 20 % of the total number of the snake species are poisonous.

The skin and outer covering of the horny scales are shed periodically and usually in one piece, including the hard, transparent covering of the eye known as the spectacle (snakes lack movable eyelids, and the spectacle protects the constantly open eyes). The frequency of shedding varies with different species , according to the size and age of the individual. Young, rapidly growing snakes shed their skins more frequently than the slow-growing adults. In some species the skin is shed about every 20 days; in others, only once a year.
The big pythons can eat animals that weigh up to about 68 kg (150 lb), but swallowing such a meal is a difficult process.
The snake must bite to inject its venom; no snake has a stinger in its tail.
Three species of snake can spit or eject the venom in a fine spray, which is aimed at the eyes of an enemy and projected for distances up to 2.4 m (8 ft). If the venom gets into the eyes, it may cause blindness. The spitting is used only in defense and never to obtain food.
Vision is well developed in most snakes, but many burrowing snakes are virtually blind.
Snakes have a strong sense of smell, which is relied on to a large extent in hunting food. Snakes find their prey by sight and scent, and sometimes temperature. Except for burrowing species, snakes have excellent short-range vision. Their sense of smell is extraordinary, thanks to a harmless, constantly flicking forked tongue that carries scent particles to a specialized sensory organ ('Jacobson's organ') on the roof of the mouth.
Snakes are deaf to airborne sounds. The Cobra does not hear, as it is believed, the snake-charmer’s flute. They can, however, feel vibrations through the ground or whatever they are resting on.
Snakes move slower than an adult human can run; the fastest recorded speed achieved by any snake is about 13 km/hr (8 mph), but few can go that fast.
Depending on the species, snakes may be egg-layers or give birth to live young. They generally mate in the spring, shortly after leaving whatever hollow, burrow or rock crevice has sheltered them through winter hibernation. Egg-layers usually deposit groups of eggs in dirt, beneath stones or logs, or in piles of decaying wood or vegetation during late spring or early summer. Most snakes hatch or are born in late summer. Whether deposited as eggs or dropped as fully formed miniature adults, snakes are on their own from the start. Snakes do not take any responsibility for the care and protection of their young. Most snakes mature at one or two years of age, and individuals may live up to twenty years in the wild.
The greatest age known for any snake is just under 30 years, attained by both the anaconda and the black-lipped cobra.
Effects of the bites of Black and Green Mamba -
Black and green mambas both produce neurotoxins, which is why they kill so fast. Black mamba is more venomous. Neurotoxin inhibitors and antivenin are generally made from the venom of the same snake, but it is likely that antivenin from one would be at least partially effective against the other. Because these are two different snakes their venom has to be different and thus the antivenin from one may not act for the other.
Snakes do not leap or jump into the air. Instead, those that do strike out coil themselves enough to get a push or strong outward movement designed to snatch prey or inject venom. Most snakes can only strike about one half their total body length. They do not actually leave the ground. They are capable of striking upward or outward at approximate one half length level.

AquaFacts: Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
Where do anacondas live?

Green anacondas are found throughout tropical South America. They are most commonly seen east of the Andes, mainly through the Amazon and Orinoco river basins, from Colombia and Venezuela to Northern Bolivia and South Central Brazil. Green anacondas are often ...

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