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Snakes

Snakes

Snakes are among the most deadly and dreaded animals. Word ‘Snake’ which comes from Indo- European base meaning “to Creep” or “to crawl” quite fits the category, giving an eerie feeling when we talk about these reptiles.

Found in almost 3000 different kinds, most of the snakes are venomous and honestly not very friendly. Here are some of the interesting facts about snakes worth knowing:Snakes don’t have eyelids. Also, they do not possess external ears which make them deaf. They hear from the vibrations on the ground.It is interesting to note that some snakes can survive without food for up to 2 years.Snakes kill almost 40,000 people annually. Out of all the venomous species of snakes present, only 30 of them can actually kill humans. Frightening little creatures!Snakes have underdeveloped brains which make their ability to learn, a big zero. Well, there goes your future…you crawly little thing.Snakes are found all throughout the world leaving some countries like Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and New Zealand. So if you don’t like snakes, you know where to start your life.Some snakes have lots of teeth, around 200, but interestingly they don’t use their teeth for eating. They just capture their prey through their teeth. And as for their food, they swallow the whole thing since they cannot bite.Snakes have the most flexible jaws and can open their mouth to 150 degrees, all thanks to the elastic jaw ligament. They can expand their jaws capacity to fit their prey 

Did you know that snakes scales are made of the same substance as that of our fingernails- “Keratin.” Now, that is just creepy!

Snakes range in size greatly – from the tiny, 10 cm (4 in) long thread snake to the giant reticulated python that can reach up to 7 m (23 ft) in length There are approximately 3,400 snake species in the world, out of which only about 600 are venomous. Out of those 600 venomous snakes, only 200 pose a serious threat to humans.

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