All species of snakes are carnivores, or meat eaters. Most snakes eat rats and birds, but some of the larger species can eat deer and other larger animals. Small snakes eat invertebrates, such as insects.Continue Reading
Another word for carnivorous is "zoophagous." "Zoo" means animal, and "phagous" means to eat.
Snakes kill their prey by biting and injecting venom or by squeezing prey to death with their strong, coiling, muscular bodies. Snakes that do not have venom and do not constrict simply grab prey with their mouths and swallow it. Many species also consume eggs.
Snakes eat much less than mammals because they are cold-blooded. A snake requires only about 10 percent the calories that a mammal of similar size needs.Learn more about Snakes
A basilisk is a mythical creature said be the king of the snakes. It has the reputation of being the most poisonous creature on earth. Just looking at the basilisk snake brings about death, according to the legend.Full Answer >
Sidewinder snakes vary greatly in size and weight. The smallest sidewinders weigh as little as 2 ounces; the largest weigh up to 1 pound. The three subspecies of sidewinder snakes differ mainly in size.Full Answer >
Universities with a wildlife and ecology or herpetology department, museums, zoos and state and local wildlife agencies often accept pictures of snakes for identification. Many of these institutions also offer online tools and databases to aid individuals in need of snake or reptile identification.Full Answer >
Milk snakes are harmless colubrids, while coral snakes are venomous elapids. Because of similarities in color and pattern, the two animals are easily mistaken for one another.Full Answer >