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Snake Facts

Updated on March 16, 2011

Interesting Facts about Snakes

Here are some interesting snake facts. Please share your views and opinion by commenting below.


Some snakes can have over 300 pairs of ribs.

Heart of a snake can slide from 1 to 1.5 times its own length from its normal position. This gives some passage to the swallowed food.

The longest snake in the world, which is reticulated python, can reach a length of up to 30 feet.

The Brahminy blind snake are all females. These females have the ability to lay fertile eggs upon reaching puberty.

The emerald tree boa are born red or yellow. But their color changes to green once they are are about a year old.

There are about 2500 species of snakes, but only 375 of them are venomous.

All snakes hatch from eggs. Some mother snakes lay eggs, while others keep their eggs inside their body which allows the young ones to hatch inside their mother's body.

Snakes don't possess ears and are completely deaf. They overcome their ability to hear by picking up vibrations and their great sense of smell.

Their slow rate of metabolism help them in surviving without food for a long time.

The Gaboon viper, which is found in Africa, has the longest fangs of all the snakes.

Some snakes have the ability to glide through the air, which sometimes looks like flying.

Snakes can have over 200 teeth.

They are present on every continent except Antarctica.

Milk snakes got their name from the myth that they used to suck cow's udders.

The Martinique thread snake can only grow up to 4 1/4 inches.

The black mamba is never black. It can be brown, olive or grey.


You can read more interesting facts on a variety of snake species at: snake facts. Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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      James 

      7 years ago

      Its me again is the basilisk real how big is it can it be in aus

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      James 

      7 years ago

      Is therea a real basilisk snake

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      Evangeline Frost 

      7 years ago

      This is one of the best websites I have come across so far. How do you know all of this? Thankyou for creating this bit of info. It helped a lot with my end of senior year project.

      :)Evangeline Frost

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      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Faiqa!!

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      FaiqaU 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      This bit is interesting!!!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      When I see a few species of snakes on Nat Geo, I want to keep them as pets. They look beautiful in the TV at least. Thanks for stopping by!

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      QudsiaP1 

      7 years ago

      Had no idea you were a snake lover as well.

      Once I came quite close to touching a python, of course I almost got a heart attack at the insistence of my mother to feel it's skin.

      We were at the Singapore zoo, they have a show where you can touch the pythons but of course this was when I was 5 years old so things must have certainly changed.

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