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In honor of the Year of the Snake, here are some interesting snake facts.
- Some snakes deter predators by flipping around on their back when they are in danger and releasing a stinky substance from their anal glands. Yep, snakes have anal glands!
- Snakes can have over 300 pairs of ribs.
- Snakes smell with their tongue. A snake's tongue is forked to allow them to decide which side the smell is stronger on. This helps them to locate their prey better.
- Although snakes have teeth and fangs, they do not chew their food. Instead, they swallow it whole. They use their fangs to hold their prey still when consuming it.
- Some snakes lay eggs. Others keep their fertilized eggs inside of them until they hatch, giving birth to live babies.
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Some people keep snakes as pets. Some of the most popular types of snakes kept as pets are the corn snake, ball python, California king snake, milk snake, and boa constrictor. For anyone who is considering taking on keeping a pet as a snake, be forewarned that they are very high maintenance!
I have mostly worked with ball pythons, corn snakes, and king snakes. Only once did I ever have a poor experience with a snake, in which it bit me. However, the circumstances were perfect for the occasion and I can hardly blame it on the snake. You can read my snake bite experience here.
So are any of you considered snakes in the Chinese zodiac? Not me... I'm a rat! Who would have thought? Hehe :)