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Carnivorous reptiles

  • Snakes are elongate, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes.
  • Snakes does not have eyelids and hence do not blink,
  • They do not have external ears and hence differentiated from lizards.
  • They are found on all continents except Antarctica.
  • There are around 3000 different species of snake.
  • They can have over 300 pairs of ribs.
  • Snakes are covered by scales and their skin is smooth and dry.
  • The scales are made up of something called Keratin, which is the same thing that our fingernails are made from.
  • The 10 cm-long thread snake is the smallest and the Reticulated python that grows up to 8.7 meters (29 ft) is the longest.
  • Anaconda is the thickest snake.
  • The Black-Necked Cobra spits venom into its prey's eyes to blind it.
  • Vine snakes have binocular vision.
  • The Hognose, Grass snake and the Spitting Cobra will fake death when feeling threatened. They flip into their backs, open their mouths, and let their tongue flop out.
  • The Black Mamba is the fastest snake in the world, reaching up to twelve miles an hour.
  • The Black Mamba is brown, gray or olive in color and never black in color. They kill 95 to 100% of their victims.
  • The Brahminy blind snake are all females. When mature, they lay fertile eggs, and the young are clones of the mother.
  • Baby snakes use their teeth to break out of their eggs.
  • They smell with their tongue.
  • The oldest preserved descriptions of snakes can be found in the Brooklyn Papyrus.
  • 2013 is considered the Chinese year of the Black Snake. It begins on February 10.
  • Old belief is that finding a snake in the house will mean the family will never go hungry.
  • Snake venom is used to make anti-venom which is used to save people from snake bites.
  • Over 100,000 people die every year due to snake bites.
  • Snake venom is made out of a variety of enzymes and proteins.
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