Q: Are snakes deaf?
A: Snakes do not have ears like we have but inside their head they do have parts just like us that help them to hear some sounds. Because snakes don't have ears like us they can not hear as well as us. They can though feel vibrations through the ground so can still know if you are coming near them.
Q: Do snakes feel slimy to touch?
A: Snakes do not feel slimy at all and their skin is made up of scales which are dry. Their skin feels smooth and I really like the way it feels.
Q: Are snake venomous?
A: Some snakes are not venomous and there are many different types of snake families in the world. I like the python family because the pythons are not venomous (do not have poison) and do not have hollow fangs. Pythons only have teeth in their mouth just like we do but their teeth are sharp.
Q: What do snakes eat?
A: Snakes usually eat other animals like rats and mice. Some snakes can eat other snakes and lizards or even birds. Some water snakes eat fish and frogs. The egg eating snake eats; yep you guessed it, eggs!
Q: Where do snakes live?
A: Most snakes live on the land but there are some families of snakes that live in the sea and rivers. Some families of snakes like to live in the trees and others live on the ground and there are even some very small snakes that live underground for most of there lives and they are almost blind.
Q: What does cold blooded mean?
A: When people say that reptiles are cold blooded animals it is confusing. It is confusing because sometimes a reptile might have blood that is just as warm as our own. What cold blooded really means is that reptiles cannot warm up their own bodies themselves from the inside like we can. Instead reptiles need to get warm from other things outside their bodies. They could do this by sitting in the sun (basking) or finding a warm place to sit on like a rock. Any animals that have to warm their bodies from the outside are called ectotherms. Reptiles are ectotherms (cold blooded).Because we are a mammal and can warm ourselves up from our inside we are called endotherms (warm blooded).
Ecto means outside
Endo means inside
Q: Do reptiles eat as much food as mammals?
A: Because mammals are endotherms (warm blooded) they need to eat nearly every day. The food that they eat will turn in to energy and they need most of that energy to keep their body warm. Because reptiles are ectotherms (cold blooded) they do not require as much food. This is because the energy that they receive from any food they eat will not help them stay warm. Some very large reptiles like crocodiles can go with out eating food for many months.
Q: Why do snakes flick their forked tongue out?
A: Snakes use their tongue to taste or smell the air by catching on their tongue very tiny particles. They do this to help them find their food and to find each and to find their direction. Snakes have a very special organ called a Jacobson organ that the forked tongue goes onto which helps the snake detect what the smells are on their tongue. The Jacobson's organ is found inside the snake's mouth. Some snakes even have special scales with pits that can detect heat. These pits that detect heat is very useful at night time when they are sometimes looking for mammals or birds with are all endotherms (warm blooded) to eat.