Snakes are reptiles that can be referred to as legless lizards. Their thin, elongated bodies are covered in scales and can be a variety of different colors and sizes, depending on the species. Most snakes are between 4 inches and 30 feet long.
Regardless of the species, all snakes have forked tongues, a lack of eyelids and external ear openings and tiny curved teeth. Enlarged teeth, called fangs, accompany the curved teeth in the mouths of venomous species. The majority of venomous snakes in the United States differ from non-venomous species in that they have triangular-shaped heads, a depression between the eyes and nostrils and small slit-like eyes.Learn More
Although it is rare, there have been documented cases of pythons eating humans. The victims are typically children or otherwise small in stature, as the broad shoulders of adults are too large for most pythons to swallow.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
According to The Natural Source, a site funded by Northern State University and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, bullsnakes have long, slender bodies with pointed tails, while rattlesnakes have thick bodies and blunt tails with rattles on the end. Rattlesnakes also have an easily recognizable head that is very wide and sits on top of a narrow neck.Full Answer >
Snakes are not omnivores, according to Macroevolution. They are carnivores and only eat other animals. There are no known instances of snakes that are vegetarian or that eat plants.Full Answer >