Snakes are closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. All snakes are carnivorous, eating small animals, birds or insects. Snakes do not chew their food. Snakes have very flexible lower jaws, the two halves of which are not rigidly attached, allowing them to open their mouths wide enough to swallow their prey whole, even if it is larger in diameter than the snake itself. Contrary to the popular myth, at no point do they "unhinge" their jaws (disarticulate their mandibular joints). After eating, snakes become torpid while the process of digestion takes place. The skin is covered in scales. Most snakes use specialized belly scales to move, gripping surfaces. Their eyelids are permanently closed but transparent "spectacle" scales. They shed their skin periodically. Although they may be venomous , snakes do not not prey on humans. Most snakes will attack a human being only if startled or injured. Some well known snake species are: American Copperhead, King Cobra, Australian copperheads, Rat Snake, Milk Snake, king snakes
Snake Activities and Printables
Group of Alligators in water
Elephants in Africa
Mother and Baby Elephant in Africa
Playful Baboon Family
Snake internet resourcesRed Milk Snake
Video of a red milk snake in the wild
Gopher snakes hunt rodents, rabbits, lizards, birds, eggs, and occasionally other snakes, usually locating prey with their sense of smell.
AquaFacts: Green Anaconda
Green anacondas are found throughout tropical South America. They are most commonly seen east of the Andes, mainly through the Amazon and Orinoco river basins
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake Video
Information about the breeding,habitat,diet,and description of the timber rattle snake. Includes pictures of the rattlesnake.
The Reptiles of Australia
Information, pictures and maps about reptiles found in Australia
Photographs and Pictures of Snakes
A great selection of snake photographs and pictures from Classroom Clipart.
Black Pine Snake
The Black Pine Snake as it is commonly known, is referred to scientifically as Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi. This snake interbreeds with Florida Pine Snake to produce snakes with darker backs and dark gray bellies..
Gray Rat Snake
At this site you will find facts, descriptions, habits, general information and pictures of Grey Rat Snake.
Video of a speckled kingsnake in the wild.
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Video
Kingsnakes and Milksnakes Pictures
Pictures of Kingsnakes and Milksnakes.
Eastern Yellowbelly Racer
Video of a yellowbelly racer
Diamondback Water Snake
Video of a diamondback water snake in the wild
Red Milk Snake
Red Milk Snake Video