Can Snakes Swim?

Can snakes swim

Whether you adore them or avoid them, snakes are very interesting creatures. One of the most interesting facts about snakes is that they lack arms and legs, unlike other reptiles. However, they may still navigate through a variety of terrain even without appendages. They have the ability to climb mountain sides and crawl to the … Read more

Snake Life Cycle

Snake life cycle

Remember these legless creatures that many people are afraid of? Snakes belong to the Squamata order and the Serpentes suborder. Because some species of these reptiles are venomous and deadly, many people have developed snake phobias, and rarely can a person have positive feelings toward snakes.  However, beginning from the snake life cycle to its … Read more

How Long Do Snakes Live?

how long do snakes live

Even if you’ve never seen a snake up close, you’ve probably seen them in movies, pictures, or your average science textbook, under the heading of ‘reptiles.’ You can find over 4000 species of these cold-blooded animals, all of which have different life spans. While some snakes can live for many years, some of them have … Read more

Yellow Rat Snake

Yellow Rat Snake

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Squamata Family:        Colubridae Genus:        Various The yellow rat snake originated from the United States of America  It is decades since this snake entered the pet trade. The Yellow Rat Snake grows to a length of 1.5 – 1.8 meters, which … Read more

What Eats Snakes: Ophiophagy

Snake Eating

Ophiophagy is the term used to describe a specialized feeding (alimentary) behavior  of birds and animals which are in the habit of hunting and eating the snakes. There are quite a number of animals that are ophiophagus.  They include Skunks, Mongooses and humans (only some) among the mammals. The ophiophagus  birds are Snake eagles, some … Read more

Worm Snake

Worm Snake

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Squamata Suborder:        Serpentes Family:        Colubridae Subfamily:        Xenodontinae Genus:        Carphophis Several snakes are called by the common name, worm snakes belonging to the genus Carphophis. The Snake Carphophis Amoenus is also the Worm Snake. The common characteristics are small … Read more

Viper Snake

Viper Snake

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Squamata Suborder:        Serpentes Family:        Viperidae The viper snake has hinged, long and hollow fangs (Solenoglyphous) that can inject lethal toxins and that is the reason why it is considered among one of the most venomous snakes found in the world. … Read more

Water Moccasin Snake

Water Moccasin Snake

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Squamata Suborder:        Serpentes Family:        Viperidae Subfamily:        Crotalinae Genus:        Agkistrodon Species:        A. piscivorus Binomial name:        Agkistrodon piscivorus The Water Moccasin Snake is the sole poisonous water snake of the continent of North America. A water Moccasin snake … Read more

Types of Snakes: Viperidae (Vipers)

McMahon’s Viper

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Squamata Suborder:        Serpentes Family:        Viperidae Viperidae are another prominent family of poisonous snakes.  You can identify the  snakes in the ‘Viper Family’ by their hinged, long, hollow fangs.  Quite distinct from the Elapids, with their fixed fangs, Vipers, have fangs … Read more

Vine Snake

Vine Snake

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:      Reptilia Order:        Squamata Suborder:        Serpentes Family:        Colubridae Subfamily:        Colubrinae Genus:        Ahaetulla Species:        A. nasuta Binomial name:        Ahaetulla nasuta The Green Vine Snake  is biologically termed as Ahaetulla in Sinhala language,  or Ahaetulla Nasuta. This tree snake is a … Read more

Types of Snakes: Pythonidae

Burmese Python

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Squamata Suborder:        Serpentes Infraorder:        Alethinophidia Family:        Pythonidae The term Pythonidae is derived from Greek Language.  In Greek, the word is python.  Pythons are non venomous snakes that we can find in Africa. Australia and Asia.  Among the members of … Read more

Types of Snakes: Hydrophiidae

Banded Sea Krait

Scientific Classification Kingdom:   Animalia Phylum:     Chordata Subphylum:     Vertebrata Class:       Reptilia Order:        Squamata Suborder:        Serpentes Family:        Elapidae Subfamily:        Hydrophiinae Some taxonomists opine that Hydrophiidae could be a sub-family of the main family Elapidae, that consist of some of the most venomous snakes in the world. This family consists mainly of sea … Read more