Facts about Snakes
Top Snake Facts
Learning about snakes can help you to understand them and reduce the stereotypical thoughts surrounding them.
Since there are many myth about them the facts is what you need to really become educated about them.
Many species of snakes are endangered at this point in time.
There are more then 3,000 species of snakes in the world.
Only about 375 species of snakes are venomous.
Snakes are known to live in a variety of different habitats. This includes in trees, on land, underground, and
in the water.
All snakes are categorized as reptiles. They don’t have any limbs but they rely on their body to move quickly
and quietly. They have a body that is very strong.
Some snakes can consume prey that is several times larger than they are. They will open the hinged jaws and
swallow it whole.
Snakes will shed their skin during a process called molting.
They only have one lung and they have kidneys that are one in front of the other instead of side by side.
Antarctica is the only place on Earth where you won’t find snakes living. They don’t live in Ireland, Iceland,
or New Zealand either.
The smallest is 10 centimeters long and the longest is more than 25 feet.
The largest fossil of a snake is 49 feet long.
The venom of some snakes can be powerful enough to make a human very ill. With some species it can be strong
enough to kill them.
The tail is usually about 20% the length of the entire body of a snake.
There can be up to 400 vertebrae found in some species of snakes.
The Anaconda is the largest and heaviest snake in the world.
All snakes are cold blooded so they can’t regulate their body temperature on their own.
They have to sleep with their eyes open which is why they usually will coil up when they are trying to rest.
Snakes often move their tongues around so that they can both smell and taste what is going on around them at the
same time. They are actually sampling their environment as they move along.
Snakes are very sensitive to movement and they pick up on even very faint vibrations that are around them.
There are species of snakes that see very well such as those that live in trees. Others that live on the ground
though don’t see very well.
There are species with an infrared sensory so they can see the heat that warm blooded creatures give off.
Snake charmers are very popular in India. They play music to try to relax the snakes so that they will be able
to be calm and sway to the sounds.
In some areas of the world people do enjoy consuming snake meat.
Snakes are considered to be a very good pet by some people. This is because they are quiet, they don’t need to
be fed daily, and they are exotic so people really take notice of a person that has something like this as a
Under the right living conditions some species of snakes can live to be up to 40 years old.
Snakes have more than 200 teeth that they use to defend themselves with. They never use them to chew.
Most species of snakes that live in colder places will hibernate until it warms up again.
Most young are born from eggs but a few species of snakes give birth to live young.
It can take up to 3 months for some large meals to digest for a huge snake. As a result it will only need to
feed about 4 times per year.