Baby snakes are commonly referred to as snakelets. Newly born snakes are called neolates, while newly hatched snakes are called hatchlings. A group of snakes is called a nest.Know More
As of 2014, more than 20 families of snakes are recognized; these families include 3,400 different snake species. Snakes vary in size from the small thread snake, which is less than 4 inches long, to the reticulated python, which reaches lengths of up to 29 feet. Snakes are found on all continents except for Antarctica.
The majority of snake species are non-venomous. Venomous snakes such as cobras and vipers use their venom to kill prey instead of for self-defense, with some capable of causing death to humans. Non-venomous snakes kill their prey through constriction or by swallowing it whole.
Snakes feed on small animals such as frogs, lizards, other snakes, mice, birds, snails, insects and fish. The size of the snake determines the size of its prey; larger snakes eat larger prey. A full-grown python, for example, may eat antelope or deer.
All snakes have skin that is covered with scales. During molting, a snake's old skin is replaced with new skin. While older snakes typically shed their skin only once or twice per year, younger snakes may shed their skin four times per year.Learn more about Snakes
Pet baby snakes are usually fed newborn pinky mice. In the wild, baby snakes generally eat any animal or egg that is small enough and within reach.Full Answer >
The recommended diet for a pet juvenile rat snake is mice, but it can also be fed chicks or rats. In the wild, juvenile rat snakes eat rodents, small lizards and sometimes small frogs.Full Answer >
Young copperheads have hourglass-shaped bands, are greyish in color and have yellow tail tips. Similar young snakes, like black rat snakes and northern black racers, lack the distinct yellow tail.Full Answer >
Snakes slither by using their scales as friction hooks to latch onto rough surfaces and propel themselves. They also shift their weight around, concentrating it in a way that allows them to move. Some snakes may have individual muscle control over their scales that allows them to move rapidly.Full Answer >