The diet of a baby rattlesnake includes small lizards and small rodents and is similar to that of an adult rattlesnake, only differing in the size of the prey. Like adult rattlesnakes, juveniles only eat live prey.
The Mojave rattlesnake is a pit viper that resides in parts of Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. Its range is areas of the desert or low mountain slopes in which mesquite, creosote or cacti grow.
On land, anacondas are capable of reaching up to 5 miles per hour. In water, anacondas have the ability to maintain a speed of 10 miles per hour. If stalking prey, they have a tendency to move at 8 miles per hour.
A red-tail boa is a large South American boa constrictor with a 30-year life span. Its name comes from the reddish pattern on its tail. Typically, an adult red-tail boa is 8 to 10 feet long and weighs about 50 pounds.
A Dumeril's boa is a non-venomous boa constrictor species native to Madagascar. The large, ground-dwelling snake grows to about 6.5 feet in length and has a brown, tan and black pattern, with some snakes exhibiting pink or copper coloration.
Unlike other animals, snakes do not hibernate in the winter; they stick close to home and brumate, a process in which they burrow underground and slow down their metabolic processes until the temperature warms up. It is a common misconception that snakes hibernate and many snakes can be seen on a warm day, basking in the sun, even in December.
Milk snakes are not poisonous. The milk snake kills by coiling around a prey animal and constricting until the prey is suffocated. The snake then swallows the prey whole.
The number of species that can formally be identified as cobras is somewhat open to interpretation. According to Live Science, only 28 species of snake belong to the genus Naja, the genus that scientists claim to be the genetically "true" cobra. However, when one adds all the other species that share traits and genetic kinship with the Naja, the number of cobra or related species reaches 270.
The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus, is a large, venomous snake native to the southeastern United States. Eastern diamondbacks are among the largest snakes in North America.
King cobras do not have many natural predators, but they can be prey for mongooses, some large birds of prey and human beings, according to SnakeType.com. The primary defense mechanism of the king cobra is to raise up the front portion of the body and sway toward the threat with the hood displayed.
Wormwood, tulbaghia violacea, West Indian lemongrass, Sarpagandha and andrographis paniculata can help repel snakes. Garlic, cinnamon oil, and clove oil can also be used.
A major difference between boas and pythons is that pythons have an extra pair of bones in their skulls. Pythons also have more teeth. Boas give birth to live young, while pythons lay eggs.
Rattlesnakes can swim well but have a very limited strike range when in water. They live in swamps as well as forests, deserts, grasslands, scrub brush and deserts.
Although the green anaconda is native to the tropics of South America, it's also found in the wild in Florida. This is probably due to the escape or release of pet anacondas, the United States Geological Survey states. You can identify the green anaconda by its location, color, markings and size.
Puerto Rican boas are constrictor snakes that grow as long as 9 feet and kill by suffocating prey with their bodies. They are the biggest snakes on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. unincorporated territory. Puerto Rican boas eat small mammals, lizards, bats and birds. The snakes, a type of rainbow boa, are on the list of endangered species as of 2014.
According to the New England Aquarium, anacondas, the largest species of snakes, kill through suffocation. An anaconda coils its body around its prey, squeezing tighter when the animal exhales until, eventually, the victim can no longer inhale.
Some snakes are born albino because they are subject to a genetic anomaly. This anomaly causes a lack of production in melanin, which is required for normal skin pigmentation.
Snakes hibernate throughout the winter to conserve body energy. Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles whose body temperature depends on external influences. Hibernation in snakes is also referred to as wintering, dormancy or brumation.
Depending on boa constrictors' species and size, they prey upon lizards, frogs, birds, rodents and medium-sized mammals, such as monkeys and pigs. Boa constrictors live in diverse habitats in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and North, South and Central America, so their diets reflect the variety of local animals. Mongooses, opossums, deer, tapirs, squirrels, bats and even caiman are hunted by these snakes.
Pythons have many predators. Young pythons are subject to predation from birds, wild dogs, hyenas, larger snakes and even insects and spiders. Adult pythons are not immune to risk and may be attacked and eaten by birds of prey, leopards and lions.
Missouri is home to five venomous snake species: timber rattlesnakes, massasauga rattlesnakes, pygmy rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths. It is important to note that these snakes are correctly called venomous, rather than poisonous. By definition, venom must be injected by fangs or stingers, while poisons are dangerous if they are eaten or absorbed.