The Truth About Snakes

The Truth About Snakes

Sarah M

I noticed that most people don’t know that much about reptiles and specifically, snakes. So, this article is just here to educate people about snakes.

What is a morph? A morph is basically just a gene in a snake that changes how it looks. An Amelanistic (Albino) snake tends to be orange with darker orange markings if they have any markings at all. Motley is a gene that changes the pattern on a snake. Below is an example of first a normal motley and second an amelanistic motely, both of which are corn snakes.

Corn Snake Morph Photos – South Mountain Reptiles

motley amel corn snake photo

Contrary to popular belief, snakes are not, in fact, slimy. Snakes have smooth scales unless their scales are keeled. Keeled scales are scales with a raised line in the center. Snakes that have keeled scales feel rough to the touch.

Snake ID from Swampgirl Adventures, revealed & explanation of scale “keeling” | Central Florida's Biologist

C. constrictor smooth scales close up | Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas

Most snakes eat small rodents such as mice, rats, and voles. Larger snakes can sometimes eat rabbits and birds. Smaller snakes can sometimes eat worms, very small mice, and even small fish.

There are even some species of snakes that only eat eggs! (African Egg-Eating Snake and the Indian Egg Eater)

Egg-eating Snake (Overview & Care Sheet) - SnakeTracks.com

Snakes do in fact, shed their skin. They do it about once a month as adults and as babies they shed about every two weeks. Unlike geckos and some other lizards, snakes do not eat their shed skin.

Amazon Tree Boa Snake Shedding Its Skin Stock Photo - Download Image Now - iStock

You may know that there are  between 100,000- 300,000 Burmese Pythons in the everglades but did you know that there are also Reticulated Pythons and Ball Pythons? We know that the Burmese Pythons were released into the everglades after Hurricane Andrew destroyed a python breeding facility. Even though Burmese Pythons were released in the 1990’s, they were not recognized as being a breeding population until the early 2000’s. The reason that the Burmese Pythons are such a problem in the everglades, is that they can be 21 feet long and weigh about 200 pounds, and sometimes they’re even bigger! In the everglades they eat all of the small rodents they can find, along with baby Alligators! A Burmese Python, Reticulated Python, and Ball Python are shown below.

Florida wildlife officials say a 'milestone' 5,000 Burmese pythons have now been removed | Blogs

Reticulated python - Wikipedia

Ball Python Care Guide - PetHelpful - By fellow animal lovers and experts

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