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

Birds of prey, sharks, large fish, eels and crocodiles are predators of the sea snake. Sea snakes live in shallow waters and breathe air using a long lung that also assists in buoyancy. Although the sea snake isn't aggre... 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 »

Plains garter snake and the Northern water snakes are two of the most common types of snakes found in Iowa. The plains garter snake is the most common snake found on land, whereas the northern water snake is the most com... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Snakes

The copperhead, cottonmouth, glossy snake, Trans-Pecos rat snake and western worm snake are common snakes in Texas. The copperhead and cottonmouth snakes are extremely venomous, while the glossy snake, Trans-Pecos rat sn... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Snakes

Green snakes are one of a small group of snakes that eat only insects. Small green snakes can be fed crickets, small grasshoppers and fly larvae. More »