Snakes are neither nocturnal nor diurnal. Snakes tend to come out whenever it is warm due to their cold-blooded nature. Extreme heat will keep them tucked away as much as extreme cold.
Some snakes may seem to be nocturnal initially but come out for feeding or breeding during the day, depending on the temperature. Studies have found that the stomach contents of snakes formerly thought to be nocturnal contained the remains of diurnal species. It is thought that many snakes assumed to be nocturnal stay in one place during the day in order to catch prey. These snakes then move around during the night to avoid being eaten by larger predators.Learn More
The longest snake in the world is the reticulated python, which can measure up to 30 feet in length, and the heaviest snake is the green anaconda, which can weigh up to 550 pounds. The weight and length of snakes varies widely by species; for example, the Barbados thread snake measures just 4 inches long as an adult.Full Answer >
Snakes living in deserts subsist on the same type of prey most other snakes do, including lizards, rodents, birds and invertebrates. As predators, snakes cannot colonize desert habitats unless there is ample prey to meet their needs.Full Answer >
The timber, prairie and Massasauga rattlesnakes can all be found in Iowa and are generally considered to be the only poisonous snakes native to the state. Rarely, copperheads can be found in localized areas in south-eastern Iowa.Full Answer >
Garden snakes, also known as garter snakes, are thin with long stripes down the spine and along the side, growing anywhere between two to four feet in length. The color varies. Usually garter snakes have dark, earth-toned scales with the middle stripe being tan, red, yellow or green, and their tongues are red with a black tip, with the chin and belly sharing coloration with the stripes.Full Answer >