Snakes come in many shapes, sizes and colors, and their appearance reflects the environment in which they live. Without legs, eyelids and external ears, they have still evolved into formidable hunters.
The snake can grow anywhere from 10cm in length, to the enormous anaconda snake that can reach lengths of up to 30ft long! There are two ways that snakes kill their prey, either the snake has a poisonous bite or the snake will wrap itself around the prey to constrict it.
Where do snakes live?
There are around 2,700 known species of snake worldwide, with the snake being found on every continent apart from the polar regions, where it is too cold for the snake.
What does a snake eat?
Snakes are carnivorous reptiles. Large snakes eat large animals. Small ones eat small ones. The smallest snakes eat insects and other invertebrates, which of course are animals, too.
Most snakes eat rodents after either killing them with venom or squeezing them to death in constricting coils. The largest snake in the world, the green anaconda, which kills by constricting, can eat animals as large as a human being or pig. Many snakes also eat eggs. But eggs, too, are animals (at an early stage of development).
Did you know this about snakes?
Because their digestive process is so energy-consuming, snakes will often regurgitate food if threatened by a predator; otherwise, they'd be sitting ducks.
There are over 2,700 species of snake, ranging from 4 inches in length (the thread snake) to over 32 feet (the reticulated python).
Egg-eating snakes are highly specialized species that lack teeth altogether. Instead, they have bony protrusions on the inside of their spine that break down egg shells after they've been eaten.
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