SNAKES

SNAKES

Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes’ paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdlewith a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca.

 

 

 

VENOMOUS SNAKES

Venomous snakes have venom glands and specialized teeth for the injection of venom.

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NON-VENOMOUS SNAKES

Most species of snake are nonvenomous, and either swallow prey alive or kill by constriction.

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