Snakes use a variety of techniques and adaptations to defend themselves, including camouflage or fleeing from predators, as well as bluffing, biting and envenoming animals that threaten them. Most snakes seek to remain undetected by threatening animals and flee upon detection. However, snakes that are unable to escape may engage in a variety of defensive displays or deliver possible life-threatening bites.Know More
The world holds nearly 3,500 snake species and each displays a unique combination of defensive mechanisms and survival strategies. Most rely on camouflage as a first line of defense. Some snakes, such as copperheads of the United States and gaboon vipers of Africa camouflage so well that they are virtually invisible among the leaf litter of the forest. Others are green to match the vegetation in which they reside. Still others live underground most of their lives, usually attaining dark, earth-tone colored scales.
Some snakes are equipped with great speed that they use to escape their enemies. Many of these species are colored black so they can achieve elevated body temperatures that help these ectothermic animals to crawl their fastest. Other snakes do not attempt to flee, instead relying on bluffs and bites to protect themselves.
Many venomous snakes, such as cobras and rattlesnakes, have bold behaviors that warn potential predators of their dangerous bite. However, many harmless snakes mimic such behaviors to protect themselves, even though their bite is not venomous.Learn more about Snakes
Sharks interact with a variety of different animals in their habitat, as they are predators, prey and hosts for a variety of other species. While some sharks reach large sizes and as adults are apex predators that fear no predators themselves, the majority of the world’s 400 living species of sharks are relatively small and thus serve as prey to other species.Full Answer >
Some python adaptations include a high metabolism, the enlargement of organs during feeding and heat sensitive organs. It's these heat sensitive organs that allow pythons to identify possible prey.Full Answer >
Determining a corn snake's gender can be done by one of three methods: popping, probing and visual techniques, according to the Utah Veterinary Clinic. The first two methods should only be done by professionals, as they can harm the snake if done incorrectly.Full Answer >
Western diamondback rattlesnakes have heat sensitive pits for locating prey and hemotoxic venom to incapacitate small animals. These snakes are excellent at conserving energy and can survive nearly two years without food.Full Answer >