Fun Snake Facts

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The black mamba is the fastest snake in the world, it can slither as fast as 10 to 12 miles per hour in short bursts. That is twice as fast as most people can run.

Thread snakes are the world’s smallest snakes. They can be as short as four inches and are as thin as the lead in a pencil. They eat the eggs and pupae of ants and termites.

The oldest snake ever recorded was a ball python that lived in a zoo. It was 47 years old when it died.

Pythons can live on one meal for up to a year if their meal happens to be a huge one.

When shedding their skins, some snakes will rub their noses over rough surfaces like rocks and logs to loosen their skin.

Outside of zoos and pet stores, there are no snakes on land in New Zealand, Ireland and Hawaii. They have no natural habitat in these places.

Snakes that swallow their prey usually do it head first.

In cold places, snakes hibernate through the winter .

A group of snake eggs is called a clutch.

When a snake is about to shed its skin, it usually stops eating and hides.

When an egg-eating snake swallows an egg and get the contents of the egg to go into its stomach, the snake will then regurgitate the eggshell back out.

The cottonmouth snake got its name being that the insides of their mouths is as white as pure cotton.

The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world. It is found in Southeast Asia.

Snakes are cold-blooded. They are not cold to touch but their bodies are the same temperature as the air around them.

The biggest snakes can eat whole pigs, monkeys and deer.

Although most snakes lay eggs, some snakes like vipers and boas are born alive.

Snakes that give live birth do so about seven months after mating. In comparison, it only takes two to three months after mating for the eggs of egg laying snakes to hatch.

Snakes that lay eggs can lay forty or more eggs at a time. Large pythons have been known to lay upwards of 100 eggs.

Some snakes have fangs at the back of their mouth.