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Anatomy: Snakes have a long, narrow body and scaly skin. They have no eyelids, no external ear openings, and no legs (although a few snakes, like boas and pythons, have vestigial hind legs). As they grow, snakes shed their old skin and the film that covers their eyes. Like other reptiles, snakes are cold-blooded.
Diet: Snakes are carnivores (meat-eaters). They eat rodents and other mammals, birds, reptiles, fish,amphibians, insects, and eggs. Some snakes (like cobras, vipers, and rattlesnakes) are venomous and kill (or paralyze) their prey by injecting poison through hollow fangs. Some snakes (like boas and the anaconda) kill their prey by squeezing it to death. Snakes do not chew their food or even bite it into pieces; snakes swallow their food whole. Other snakes just catch their food and swallow it.
Reproduction: Some snakes reproduce by laying eggs; other snakes give birth to live young.
A sampling of snakes. To go to a snake page, click on a snake:
African Rock Python
African Rock Pythons are large snakes that kill by constricting their prey.
The biggest snake in the world.
A large constricting snake from South and Central America.
Also known as the gopher snake and the pine snake, this hissing constrictor lives in North America.
Emerald Tree Boa Printout
A tree-dwelling nocturnal snake from South American rain forests.
The King Cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world. It lives in India, southern China, and southeast Asia.
Pythons are snakes that kill by constricting their prey.
Rattlesnakes are poisonous snakes that have a rattle at the end of the tail.
|A cladogram of reptilia
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