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Snakes are found in almost all areas of the world.
Snakes are limbless reptiles that usually have big jaws. It is popular belief that snakes are slimy... It simply isn't true... snakes are not slimy.
Many snakes are not venomous. Most of your normal garden snakes are not venomous. Some snakes kill their prey by squeezing it to death. Other snakes swallow their prey whole (and alive) by making their mouths wider. They do this because their jaws arent attached! Some other snakes search for eggs of other animals to eat.
Some snake's venom will barely effect humans, while other's venom will kill you!
Two really dangerous snakes are the Black Mamba and the Taipan. Their mortality rate is near 100% without anti-venom. The Krait has a mortality rate near 50% with anti venom. If a venomous snake bites you, you should get anti venom as quickly as possible. The King Cobra is the longest venomous snake.
The Boomslang of Africa has very powerful venom. It can cause internal bleeding to humans. The Bird Snake, also in Africa, has a venom that causes internal bleeding to humans.
Snakes eat lots of different foods. Some snakes eat eggs. Some snakes eat small animals, like mice, while others eat birds. Some snakes probably eat bigger things, but that would make the list boring.
The Gaboon Viper has had fangs measured up to 1.96 inches long! Thats long enough to reach the bone (that would hurt a lot)! The smallest snake is the Thread Snake, which was as small as 4.25 inches long! The rarest snake is the keel-sealed boa, which had a population of only 58 in 1983!
Rattlesnakes are venomous, but rarely is their bite fatal. Moccasins have venom similar to rattlesnakes, but they dont have a rattle.
The blunt-nosed viper of Europe has been reported to kill camels with their bite. The King Cobra has enough venom to kill an elephant, but bites to humans are rare.
If you ever meet a snake that you dont know what type it is Stay Away!!! You never know if it is dangerous or not. Also, never mess with a dangerous snake unless there is a professional herpitologist around.
Some snakes live in the water and use their paddle like tail to swim in the water. Some sea snakes almost never leave the water. The sea snakes are members of the cobra family, so they have very powerful venom.
One lizard, the worm lizard, has no legs, so you might confuse it for a snake (or a really big worm). If you want a little more information on the worm lizard.
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