Snakes are among the most deadly and dreaded animals. Word ‘Snake’ which comes from Indo- European base meaning “to Creep” or “to crawl” quite fits the category, giving an eerie feeling when we talk about these reptiles. Found in almost 3000 different kinds, most of the snakes are venomous and honestly not very friendly. Here are some of the interesting facts about snakes which continue to itch us.
1. Snakes don’t have eyelids or ears. Weird!
2. Snakes can go on Hunger Strike
3. Snake Island In Brazil
In an island in Brazil, there are 5 snakes per square meter and hence it is declared a no human zone. So, if you are visiting Brazil, you better not visit this snake island.
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4. The Villains and Murders
Snakes kill almost 40,000 people annually. Out of all the venomous species of snakes present, only 30 kinds of them can actually kill humans. Frightening little creatures!
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5. Not so intelligent creatures
6. The cold places are Anti Snake region
Snakes are found all throughout the world leaving some countries like Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and New Zealand. So if you don’t like snakes, you know where to start your life.
7. They don’t bite, they swallow their food
Some snakes have a lots of teeth, around 200, but interestingly they don’t use their teeth for eating. They just capture their prey through their teeth. And as for their food, they swallow the whole thing since they cannot bite.
8. They can yawn way too much with their flexible jaws
9. Humans share the same body substance as snakes…eerriiiee!
Did you know that snakes scales are made of the same substance as that of our fingernails- “Keratin”. Now, that is just creepy!
10. Quite an Actor!
The Grass snake and the Spitting Cobra are great actors too. They fake their death, flipping into their back, open their mouth and flop out their tongue when they feel threatened.
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11. Two headed snakes
They say two heads are better than one but obviously not in this case. When a normal snake with one head can give creeps imagine what a two headed snake will be like. But this is no myth, they do exist in real life and are more like conjoined twins.
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12. Australia is home to deadliest snakes
The most deadly species of snakes are found in Australia which includes Brown Snakes, Copperheads, Death Adders, Tiger snakes and Taipan snakes.
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13. Snakes smell from their tongues
Snake use their sense of smell to prey and what is interesting is that they use forked tongues to smell. They collect airborne particles and pass it into their special organs of mouth to examine it.
14. Move and Crawl
15. Cold blooded creatures, literally
16. Some lay eggs, some reproduce
17. King Cobra can kill an Elephant
18. Snakes clean up by shedding skin
19. Flying Snake
The paradise tree snake of Southeast Asia can fly. They use their body to glide through the air by flattening themselves into a C- shape. Now these creepy animals occupy the air and land both. Huh!