Some facts about snakes are:
- Snakes are carnivores (meat-eaters).
- Snakes don’t have eyelids.
- Snakes can’t bite food so have to swallow it whole.
- Snakes have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head!
- Snakes are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
- Snakes have internal ears but not external ones.
- Snakes used in snake charming performances respond to movement, not sound.
- There are around 3789 different species of snake.
- Snakes have unique anatomy which allows them to swallow and digest large prey. Snakes are covered in scales.
- Snakeskin is smooth and dry.
- Snakes shed their skin a number of times a year in a process that usually lasts a few days.
- Some species of snake, such as cobras and black mambas, use venom to hunt and kill their prey. Read more venomous snake facts.
- Snakes smell with their tongue.
- Pythons kill their prey by tightly wrapping around it and suffocating it in a process called constriction.
- Some sea snakes can breathe partially through their skin, allowing for longer dives underwater.
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