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.
Snakes do have bones. Snakes are part of the vertebrate family like most land animals. Snakes have many more bones than humans, and the unique design of their skeleton gives them their shape and flexibility.
Removing sources of food and shelter that snakes seek out is the most certain way to keep them away from a home. Snakes can also be kept out with a perimeter snake fence. Chemical snake repellents are available, but they may contain toxins that can harm pets, other wildlife or even humans if they get into a water supply.
The most common of the four species, green anacondas are large green snakes bearing asymmetrical black spots over their entire bodies, with the spots on the side having a yellow center. Reaching up to 29 feet and 550 pounds, the green anaconda is the largest snake in the world.
Snakes shed their skin around once a month and follow a regular basis of shedding skin, which is necessary for optimal growth. The shedding process and timing is dependent upon good nutrition and proper humidity.
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.
Mojave ball pythons are snakes of the species Python regius that have a reduced pattern of light markings against a dark background. The light markings are teardrop-shaped with a single dark spot in the middle and are separated from one another by darker outlines.
Copperhead snakes swim, although they usually spend the most time on land. Copperheads are found in wetlands and rocky, forested areas and sometimes take shelter in rotting wood. They sometimes climb into low bushes or trees and enjoy basking in the sun.
Adult snakes shed between four and eight times per year. However, their activity level, habitat temperature and feeding frequency and amount affect the frequency of shedding. Additionally, young snakes that are rapidly growing may shed more often.
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.
Snakes inhabit virtually every area on Earth, with the exception of Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and New Zealand. Snakes vary in size and color, but most live in tropical regions and deserts and survive on land and in water.
A snake's enemies include birds, raccoons, coyotes, mongooses, turtles, crocodiles and many other animals. Some snakes are even eaten by other snakes.
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.
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.
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.
To identify a snake hole, look for openings in the ground that are newly visible. Snakes don't construct a dwelling, they inhabit an abandoned rodent's burrow or a naturally-occurring hole. When the snake enters a rodent's former dwelling, it removes the obstructions that previously hid the entrance for security.
A snake's home is called a nest or a burrow depending on the particular type of snake. A nest represents the home of a snake that lives alone. A den is a home for snakes that live communally.
Ball pythons have a maximum length of 6 feet. Females tend to be larger than males. These small pythons have gentle dispositions and are popular as pets.
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.
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.
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.