Baby snakes are commonly referred to as snakelets. Newly born snakes are called neolates, while newly hatched snakes are called hatchlings. A group of snakes is called a nest.Continue Reading
As of 2014, more than 20 families of snakes are recognized; these families include 3,400 different snake species. Snakes vary in size from the small thread snake, which is less than 4 inches long, to the reticulated python, which reaches lengths of up to 29 feet. Snakes are found on all continents except for Antarctica.
The majority of snake species are non-venomous. Venomous snakes such as cobras and vipers use their venom to kill prey instead of for self-defense, with some capable of causing death to humans. Non-venomous snakes kill their prey through constriction or by swallowing it whole.
Snakes feed on small animals such as frogs, lizards, other snakes, mice, birds, snails, insects and fish. The size of the snake determines the size of its prey; larger snakes eat larger prey. A full-grown python, for example, may eat antelope or deer.
All snakes have skin that is covered with scales. During molting, a snake's old skin is replaced with new skin. While older snakes typically shed their skin only once or twice per year, younger snakes may shed their skin four times per year.Learn more about Snakes
Keep snakes away naturally by removing their food and water sources, eliminating their potential dwelling spots and maintaining a yard that's inhospitable to them. Clean up clutter, and cut the grass, as snakes prefer cool, dark places, such as wood piles, compost piles and leaf piles, to sleep in.Full Answer >
The state of Florida has 46 species of snakes that are native to the area; the region of Central Florida is home to 35 of them. There are six species of venomous snakes found in Florida, and four of them take up residence in the Central region.Full Answer >
Lime does not repel snakes. The best way to keep snakes away is to remove potential habitats and food sources. For instance, removing piles of wood reduces the number of insects that snakes eat.Full Answer >
While most snakes don't care for their young, a study at UC Berkeley observed that female black rattlesnakes remain with their young until the first shed is completed, and African rock pythons defend their young for over four months after hatching. Many snakes remain to defend their clutches. However, most infant snakes are born capable of defending themselves and are left alone shortly after hatching.Full Answer >