Things you should know about snakes
Snakes are not great as pets or cuddly and furry like other pet animals, but there are some pretty cool facts about snakes that you probably had no clue about! Scroll down to know more about them.
They are solar-powered
This is one really cool fact about snakes you probably had no clue about. Snakes are solar powered because they rely on external heat and light. They are technically labeled cold blooded but the right term we ought to use is ectothermic. This means that their body temperature is variable and it is regulated by external sources. Reptiles, use sources of heat like the sun to warm up.
They do not have eyelids
We humans have eyelids but snakes, not so much. They look creepy for a reason to us. They do not blink and they sleep with eyes open. The catch here is that instead of the lids, they have a thin screen or a membrane which protects them, and is known as brille
They smell through their tongues
Yes you read that right! Snakes do have nostrils but smell is not what it is used for. These reptiles smell through their tongues. They use what is called Jacobson’s organ in the roof of their mouth. You may have noticed that they have a fork tongue and each side has multiple receptors that pick up different amounts of chemical cues.
Not all snakes lay eggs
Mammals lay eggs but in snakes, only 70% of them do and other snake species do not. The snakes that live in colder regions give live birth because the eggs will not survive in that weather.
The latest count
As per a report in 2020, there are 3,789 snake species and countwise they come second after lizards. They have been divided into 30 different families and then there are subfamilies as well. Australia alone is home to 140 of them
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