Incredible Facts About Snakes

There are no snakes in New Zealand.

Australia is the only continent where venomous snakes actually outnumber the non-venomous ones.

Rattlesnakes are evolving not to rattle. Previously, they rattled to avoid being stepped on by hoofed animals. Now they have learned to remain hidden and quiet to avoid being hunted by humans.

The largest snake fossil ever discovered is called a Titanoboa. This creature lived 60 million years ago and would have been 50 feet (15 meters) long.

If two rattlesnakes fight, they don’t use their fangs to poison the other.

There have been 14 known fatalities in Britain from native adder bites since 1876. Recovery from a bite can take up to a year.

The northern copperhead snake smells like cucumbers.

One bite from the snake called Boomslang can cause you to bleed from all openings in your body.

Bill Haast from Florida, also known as the “Snake Man,” was bitten by poisonous snakes at least 173 times. He injected himself with snake venom every day for over 60 years to build immunity. He saved countless lives with his antibody-rich blood, and he lived to be 100.

A pastor died in 1983 after handling a timber rattlesnake during a Pentecostal service. About 29 years later his son died in the exact same way.

The Wildlife Conservation Society has, since the early 20th century, offered a large cash reward (currently worth US$50,000) for live delivery of any snake of 9 meters (30 ft) or more in length, but the prize has never been claimed, despite the numerous sightings of giant anacondas.

When a snake in the Tokyo Zoo was given a live hamster (as a meal), they two became "best friends."

Male garter snakes sometimes mimic female garter snakes in order to be cuddled by other males and steal their heat, a process called "Kleptothermy."

The Russell viper's bite can, in certain situations, make the victim go through a sort of reverse puberty.

The Ball Python is such a docile snake that if the Igbo people of Central Africa find a dead one, they will build a tiny coffin for it and give it a funeral.

Anacondas mate in a giant "breeding ball" with 1 female and up to 12 males, and they stay in that position for over a month.

Sonoran Coral Snake, instead of hissing or rattling, farts when threatened.

The venom of Southern Copperhead, one most poisonous snake, has been found to contain a protein that halts the growth of cancer cells and stops the migration of tumors.

The Black Mamba snake, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world, contains pain-relieving compounds called mambalgins which could be a better painkiller (and with fewer side effects) than morphine.

The venom of Russell's viper is commonly used in a diagnostic laboratory test because its blood clotting properties are extremely helpful in detecting an autoimmune disorder called antiphospholipid syndrome.

Before the invention of anti-venom, the black mamba had a 100% fatality rate and its victims would be dead in about 20 minutes.

When the English colonial government in Delhi, India put a bounty on cobras to eliminate them from the city, it resulted in a cobra population boom. The bounty was greater than the cost of breeding a cobra, and the citizens started breeding them to sell it to the government.

Adult California ground squirrels have a protein in their blood that allows them to survive rattlesnake bites. The squirrels also heat up their tail and wave them to let the rattlesnake know they are aware of them since rattlesnakes have infrared vision. They don't do this with other snakes.

Up until the early 1900's, there was an extensive population of Rattlesnakes in the Bronx. They were wiped out when Farmers let their pigs hunt them.

In 2012, a Nepalese farmer named Mohammed Salmodin was bitten by a cobra and bit the cobra back. The cobra died and he went about his daily business with no symptoms as if nothing had happened. He finally agreed to go to the hospital after pressure from family, neighbors, and police.

A man named David Jones spent 121 days in a room with 40 venomous snakes in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 107 days, only to be told that they no longer maintain that record after achieving it.

There is a species of snake in South East Asia commonly known as the "Flying Snake." Not only does it climb trees, but it can then glide through the air from one tree to the next, slithering its body to create lift, achieving distances of 100m, more than any other gliding animal.

There is an abandoned island at Disney World called Discovery island that 3 guys swam to and found preserved snakes in coke bottles and more eerie stuff.

The interior of spitting cobras' fangs have ridges like those inside a rifle's barrel that allow it to shoot venom further.

A Roman military commander named Hannibal Barca filled jars of clay with poisonous snakes and had his soldiers throw them onto enemy ships during a naval battle to incite panic and he won.

Ilha da Queimada Grande is an island that is so densely populated by poisonous snakes that the Brazilian Navy has quarantined it and a biologist once said that when on the island you are "never more than three feet from death."

Snake anti-venom is made from the neutralizing antibodies that a horse produces when it is injected with snake venom.

The company that used to make coral snake antivenom stopped producing it in 2003, finding that its production was unprofitable. USA’s stock of coral snake antivenom expired in 2008, but the FDA has extended its expiry date ever since to keep what is left available to the public.

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