Snakes: The Slithering Reptiles

If you suffer from ophidiophobia, or an intense fear of snakes, then this playlist might not be for you. But if you really look at the numbers, you'll see that of the nearly 3,000 different species of snakes, only about 375 of them are considered to be deadly due to poisonous venom. Because snakes can't bite down on food, they often inject this venom into prey via large fangs as a means to paralyze its victim for ease of swallowing. In addition to venom, some snakes, like the boa constrictor, use their bodies to coil around its prey until it's unable to breathe and is ready for a smooth ingestion. This all may seem a bit morbid, but there's more to snakes than the deadly stereotype they embody. Snakes don't have eyelids, can give birth to both live babies and lay eggs and have been around for more than 60 million years according to fossil records. In fact, because of their chronological prevalence, snakes can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

More and more species of snakes are discovered each year, and their prevalence as exotic pets continues to grow as well. Learn more about this cold-blooded slithering species through expert interviews, nature footage and much more.

Written by Curiosity Staff November 10, 2014

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