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Snake Research

  • Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters).

  • Snakes don’t have eyelids.

  • Snakes can’t bite food so have to swallow it whole.

  • Snakes have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head!

  • Snakes are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.

  • Snakes have internal ears but not external ones.

  • Snakes used in snake charming performances respond to movement, not sound.

  • There are around 3000 different species of snake.

  • Snakes have a unique anatomy which allows them to swallow and digest large prey.

  • Snakes are covered in scales.

  • Snakes shed their skin a number of times a year in a process that usually lasts a few days.

  • Some species of snake, such as cobras and black mambas, use venom to hunt and kill their prey. Read more venomous snake facts.

  • Snakes smell with their tongue.

  • Pythons kill their prey by tightly wrapping around it and suffocating it in a process called constriction.

  • Some sea snakes can breathe partially through their skin, allowing for longer dives underwater.

  • Anacondas are large, non-venomous snakes found in South America that can reach over 5 m (16 ft) in length.

  • Python reticulates can grow over 8.7 m (28 ft) in length and are considered the longest snakes in the world.

  • Snakeskin is smooth and dry.