A snake defecates by excreting waste out of its anal cavity, which is covered by a scale. The scale that covers the anal cavity is called the anal scale.Know More
When a snake gets rid of the waste in its body, the anal scale moves out of the way of the anal cavity. The waste then slides out of the snake. Once the snake is done excreting its waste, the anal plate goes back into place – like other scales, it works to protect the inside of the snake's body.
The beginning of a snake's digestive process starts when the snake eats something. The food passes through the mouth into the stomach of the snake. A snake's stomach, unlike a human's, is shaped like a "J." Once the food is digested, it makes its way into the the small intestines and the large intestines. The food is processed and digested as harmful toxins, bacteria and gasses move to the liver.
Upon passing through the liver, the waste then moves to the cloacae chamber where it sits until it moves completely out of the snake's body through the anal cavity. The entire digestive process takes only a short amount of time and occurs every time a snake eats.Learn more about Science
Snakes are cold-blooded. They become cold if the temperature gets cold. Since snakes cannot maintain their own body temperature, they move to warmer climates to stay warm.Full Answer >
Snakes slither by using their scales as friction hooks to latch onto rough surfaces and propel themselves. They also shift their weight around, concentrating it in a way that allows them to move. Some snakes may have individual muscle control over their scales that allows them to move rapidly.Full Answer >
Not all snakes are venomous, but even nonvenomous snakes are subject to strike if they feel frightened or sense danger. In North America, an easy way to determine if a snake is poisonous is to look at its pupils. With the exception of the coral snake, the pupils of poisonous snakes are elliptical or slit-like, much like the eyes of a cat, while the pupils of a non-venomous snake are round.Full Answer >
According to VCA Hospitals, all snakes are carnivores and prefer to eat whole prey items. The specific prey items depend on the snake species and the size of the snake.Full Answer >