Mind blowing Snake Species
Apr 27, 2020
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Mind-Blowing Snake Species From Hognoses and Rhinoceros Vipers … to flying snakes and sabre-toothed serpents … Here are 16 of the most mind-blowing snake species
#16 Conception Bank Silver Boa In 2016, a new species of boa constrictor was discovered on Conception Island Bank, a remote island in the Caribbean. Named for its metallic color, researchers analyzed tissue samples of the animal, and confirmed this species was indeed previously unknown. Researchers identified 20 of these snakes over the course of two expeditions to the Caribbean islands. Measuring over 3 feet long (about one meter), they’re mostly arboreal and favor the silver palm tree. Even though they’re a relatively recent discovery, the snakes are already critically endangered. That’s largely due to the illegal pet trade and habitat loss.
#15 Hognose Snakes Despite the intriguing name, this snake doesn’t appear all that unique. Not until it’s threatened, that is. Its upturned snout is largely used for digging into the soil. But when the creature detects a threat, it will hiss, and then flatten out its neck to resemble the hood of a cobra. But they’re nowhere near as dangerous as that species. In fact, they only pretend to strike. It’s all part of a bluff strategy, as it delivers a type of ‘head butt’ to an attacker. If that doesn’t work, these snakes are known to essentially play dead. They’ll even let their tongue hang out of their mouth and release a foul-smelling stench. They’re found from North to South America and in Madagascar.
#14 Tentacled Snake It’s the only member of its genus (JEEN-nus), and is native to Southeast Asia. The aquatic reptile gets its name from the odd, fleshy protuberances found on the snout. Researchers have found that the fleshy shapes serve a mechanosensory function … they detect movements made in the water, enabling the animal to quickly strike as fish pass by. Experts say it takes a mere 15 milliseconds to capture its prey! But in case that’s not fast enough, this reptile has another strategy. It darts in one direction to make the fish dart in the opposite direction. The snake anticipates the fish’s path and angles its head to snatch its meal. This small critter can stay submerged for up to thirty minutes without taking a breath!
#13 Iridescent Shieldtail It’s thought to be one of the most colorful snakes in the world, and is endemic to India. A bright yellow stripe traverses the creature’s iridescent back and belly. To date, not much is known about this critter in the wild. Only three individuals of this species have ever been found!
#12 Titanoboa It’s name pretty well sums up this creature. The “Titanic Boa” was found in present day Colombia, where it lived some 60 million years ago during the Middle to Late Paleocene. Experts say its fossils indicate the massive reptile would have been around 42 feet long (13 m) and weighed some 2,500 pounds (1,134 kg), but those estimates can vary widely. Owing to its large size, it was probably easier for it to move in the water as opposed to land. In the prehistoric rainforest, it likely fed on the crocodiles that lived there. Some experts claim that after such a feeding, the big snake wouldn’t need to eat again for a year! Since it was a constrictor snake, Titanoboa could dislocate its jaws to consume prey larger than its head. Modern-day boas and anacondas display similar behavior. But it could also exert 10 times the pressure of today’s anacondas.
#11 Eyelash Vipers Vipers have a number of strange members in their family, and this is one of them. The Eyelash Pit Viper is an arboreal serpent found in Central and South America. The common name comes from the pointed scales over their eyes that can resemble eyelashes. They can show up in some vivid colors including yellow, silver, purple, and green. Experts say the coloration can allow them to blend in with flowers or banana bunches. But the exact purpose of those so-called eyelashes is still a mystery. What do you think?
#10 Rubber Boa They’re so-named for their loose skin which is often wrinkled and displays smooth and shiny scales. That gives them a rubbery feel and appearance, which makes them easily identifiable. They’re found in a wide range of habitats, from grasslands and forests, to high alpine locations some 10,000 feet above sea level (3,000 m). Along with their unusual skin, there are a few other things that set this species apart. At less than 3 feet (84 cm), they’re one of the smallest species of boa. They’re adept at burrowing, climbing, and swimming. And these snakes are so docile that they’re often used for helping people deal with their fear of snakes.
I like the sabre tooth snake the best. Very cool, it is…
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