The snake is completely covered in dry scales. These scales are individually connected to the skin which allows the skin to be extremely elastic. Like all reptiles that the skin is cold to the touch. This is because unlike snakes, mammals are ‘ecothermic’, a big word which means that the environment controls the warmth of this snake. You have heard the expression cold blooded, correct? Their body temperature is directly associated with their surroundings. This is why you often find reptiles basking in the sun. They can not control their own body temperature such as mammals do.
In winter, reptiles will ‘hibernate’. They will frequently find refuge under a stone, within a log or a hole in the ground, like an unused rabbit hole. During this time of hibernation, body functions slow down almost completely into a stand still. They enter into an energy conservation mode where their pulse and breathing slow down dramatically. They’ll remain in this state of hibernation for several months until the weather begins to warm up.
Another wonderful fact about snakes is that they can devour prey several times larger than themselves. A snake has an awesome ability to modify its body structure so as to eat something larger than itself.
When the snake has captured its prey by either injecting venom or in the instance of non venomous snakes such as pythons, by multiplying its own prey, it will coil it is body around it’s victim and will begin to appraise the victim and hunt for the head. It may do this either by the feel of the fur or from scent. Snakes like to eat their prey head first. It’s easier to swallow this way. When the snake opens its mouth and begins to consume its prey, the skin will begin to stretch. Like a collection of overlapping leaves, the scales move away from each other revealing the skin between them, allowing the snake to extend wider and wider to accommodate the dimensions of the prey.
As the snake gets its way along the entire body of its prey, the bottom jaw will unhinge from the top. The lower portion of the snakes jaw will part at the chin and utilizing it is rearward facing rear the teeth, the snake will begin to transfer the prey in it. Then a set muscles contractions through the snakes’ body will move down the food until it reaches the snakes stomach. After feeding, snakes will find someplace safe and warm to digest their meal. A snake may not need to eat again for several weeks or sometimes months.
There are a couple of important facts you should know to prevent being bitten. A snake will not bite you unless it seems that it has no other option. Some snakes can be aggressive however, but overall snakes prefer to be left alone. A snake will bite when it feels threatened. To some snake a human being is both enormous & scary.
You’re more likely to be bitten if you either stand on a snake or deliberately attempt to grab a snake, which is why you should always call a Pest Experts professional for help with snake removal. A snake will always opt for pay given the opportunity, and will be out of your way until you know it. The last thing that a snake needs it is to try out an attack and run the chance of being hurt itself.