Ten Cool Facts About Snakes

By Julia Reck

1. Pythons can grow up to 30 feet in length, and weigh around 200 pounds!

2. There are almost 2,600 snake breeds in the world, and only 400 are poisonous.

3. Ireland has no snakes there at all in the wild.

4. Snakes are temporarily blinded when they are ready to shed their skin.

5. Snakes have no eyelids, so they can’t blink. Instead, their eyes are covered with a clear scale, called a spectacle.

6. The throat and stomach of a snake will stretch to the size of whatever it is eating. That is why some pythons get really plump, when they have swallowed an entire antelope!

7. Poisonous Snakes’ poison is sometime “milked” from them, by squeezing their venom sacs, so their poison comes out of their fangs. The poison is used to make anti-venom, which saves people who have been bitten by snakes.

8. Snakes can feel vibrations in the ground from other animals, and they can determine whether it is big or small, or dangerous to them.

9. The female Brahiminy Blind Snake, does not wait to find a mate before her babies develop, they develop on their own. If she can’t find a mate, all of her babies will be female.

10. Snakes’ with slit pupils hunt during the night, and snakes with round pupils hunt during the day.

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