The scientific name given to a particular snake is a combination of its genus name followed by its species name, such as the scientific name of the Asp viper, which is Vipera aspis, or the Sonoran Desert sidewinder, which is Crotalus cerastes cercobombus. A king cobra bears the scientific name Ophiophagus hannah, while the desert adder is the Vipera lebetina.Continue Reading
All snakes belong to the same kingdom (Animalia), phylum (Chordata), class (Reptilia) and order (Squamata). From there, however, their classifications vary depending on the snake. Although snakes can share a genus, they can still be of the same species.
The Eastern garter snake, for example, has the genus and species Thamnophis c. ocellatus. The Shorthead garter snake is Thamnophis brachystoma.Learn more about Snakes
The speed of a snake depends on the species and size. On average, the fastest a snake moves is between 5 and 8 mph. The world's fastest snake is the Black Mamba, which can reach speeds of 10 to 12 mph in short bursts.Full Answer >
While the amount of time a snake can survive without food depends on its species, Live Science explains that wild snakes often go months at a time without eating. Records exist of reticulated and ball pythons fasting for over 22 months before going back to eating regularly, according to Pawnation.Full Answer >
Snakes are known simply as "males" or "females," with no name distinction between them based on gender. Young snakes, however, do have separate designations of "snakelet" for a baby, "neonate" for a newly-born offspring or "hatchling" for a newly-hatched snake.Full Answer >
A ghost corn snake is a corn snake with a combination of Anerythristic and Hypomelanistic genes. Ghost corn snakes have scales that are different shades of gray and brown on a lighter background. The lighter backgrounds can contain hues of lavender, pink, orange and tan.Full Answer >