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What is the life cycle of a snake?

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Seventy percent of snakes begin their lives growing inside of eggs, while the other 30 percent are born live. Some mothers leave, while others stay with their eggs until they hatch. This process is called brooding.

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What is the life cycle of a snake?
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The fully formed baby snake hatches at the same time as its siblings and quickly moves to avoid becoming dinner. Although similar to mature snakes, newly hatched or newborn snakes are shorter and thinner than their parents. Young snakes quickly learn to hunt for food. As they grow, they shed their skin. The young snake grows up and becomes a mature adult capable of reproducing and starting the life cycle over again. Snakes that lay eggs typically breed in the early spring and lay their eggs in early summer.


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