Why Do Snakes Hiss?

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Snakes hiss because of the rapid movement of air over their wet tongues and narrowed mouth. Hissing in snakes also serves as a deterrent to would be aggressors. The Spitting Cobra fakes death when it is feeling threatened.
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Snakes hisses usually as a warning. They warning may mean.leave me alone, or I am going to bite. So if you hear a hissing snake you might want to get out of its way.
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to make sure you know theyre there. or to warn theyre about to strike.
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A cat hisses as an act of aggression toward another cat. When it hisses, a cat mimics a snake, an animal that most mammals are afraid of. The cat opens its mouth, draws back its lips
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Is it hissing or wheezing, hissing with a closed mouth is often mistaken for wheezing in a respiratory infection. If it's really hissing then it's just pissed off or possibly in shed
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Snakes hiss a warning sign to any animal or person that might be getting too close. If you hear hissing from a snake, beware, it may be about to strike.
Snakes hiss as a warning sign. They are letting you know they are there and not to step on them. They are also warning you to stay out of their territory.
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