Fun Facts About Snakes

There's a lot more to snakes than just the basics, though. Here are some fun facts about snakes you may not know.

  • There are over 2700 types of snakes.
  • Snakes smell with their tongues.
  • Snakes do not blink.
  • Snakes can have over 300 pairs of ribs.
  • A snake's heart can move up to 1 ½ times its length to accommodate swallowed prey.
  • Male and female snakes are virtually indistinguishable from one another.
  • Brahminy Blind Snakes are all female.
  • The Black-Necked Cobra spits venom into its prey's eyes to blind it.
  • Spitting Cobras can literally spit venom up to three feet away.
  • King Cobras could kill an elephant with one bite.
  • Snakes are not particularly maternal or paternal - except for King Cobras, which build nests and care for their eggs until just before they hatch.
  • Baby snakes use their teeth to break out of their eggs.
  • Vipers' fangs fold back into their mouths.
  • Snakes fangs are replaced throughout their lives.
  • The symbol for physicians is a staff with snakes wrapped around it, signifying the medicinal use of snakes in ancient times.
  • Snakes can live anywhere from days to months without eating, depending on their type.
  • Snake venom is used to make anti-venom, which is used to save people from snake bites.
  • There are no snakes in New Zealand.
  • The Black Mamba is the fastest snake in the world, reaching up to twelve miles an hour.
  • The Black Mamba may be several colors, but is not black.
  • Snakes which live in cold climates hibernate during the winter.
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