Snakes breathe by moving the muscles that surround the ribcage. They lack the diaphragm that drives the respiratory process of mammals. A muscular contraction pushes air out of the lungs. When the muscles relax, the lung... More »

Snakes yawn as a way to realign the jaw after a large meal. Yawning helps the snake breathe more easily, especially if the snake has a respiratory problem. More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Snakes

A snake breathes through a small opening located right behind the tongue called the glottis. The glottis leads to the trachea and remains closed until the snake takes a breath. More »

Anacondas breathe through nostrils positioned just above their snouts. This placement is important to their predatory habits, as they can breathe while mostly submerged under water before sneaking up on their prey. Once ... More »

A group of snakes can be referred to as a den, bed, pit, or nest. The exception to this is a group of rattlesnakes, which is called a rhumba. More »

In the wild, king snakes feed on other snakes, lizards, turtle eggs, birds, frogs and small mammals. They are opportunistic feeders, meaning that their diet varies depending on what is available. Common king snakes are k... More »

Both snakes and owls are carnivorous, eating only meat and no vegetation. They also prey on many of the same types of animals. Both snakes and owls usually swallow their food whole and expel whatever parts they cannot di... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Snakes