Part of the reptile family there are about 2,400 species of snakes in the world. Snakes live almost everywhere, in deserts, forests, oceans, streams, and lakes. Some species are ground dwellers, others live in trees, and other snakes spend most of their lives in water. This is the place to ask your questions about these cold blooded reptiles.

30,673 Questions
Rabbits and Hares

Does a rattlesnake eat a jackrabbit?

A very hungry rattlesnake might eat a jackrabbit. But normally, they don't. They will usually attack mice, shrews, and other small mammals.

The Jungle Book

What is the name of the snake in Jungle Book?

The snake is called Kaa

Chickens and Roosters
Care of Snakes

Can you feed your baby corn snake breast of chicken?

no it is better to feed it baby mice.Because without any bones to eat it will those calcium.

A mouse has all the right nutrients for your baby Corn.

Care of Snakes

Can you feed a corn snake fish?

you probberly could but its not very natural for them. The best food for a corn is when they are fully grown is mice

Please do not feed your corn snake fish. When they are little they should be eating tiny pinkie mice, and as they grow you increase the size of the mouse.


Do birds eat snakes?

Birds of prey such as hawks, eagles and owls definitely will eat snakes.

Here is a list of birds that eat snakes.

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Secretary Bird


Stellar's Sea Eagle

Bald Eagle


Blue Heron

American Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Sandhill Crane


Wood Stork

Also, Greater Roadrunners are one of the few animals that actively hunt rattlesnakes. They tend to hunt cooperatively to do this - one distracts the snake by displaying in front of it while another sneaks up behind it, pins it, and then bashes its head against a rock.

Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings

In Hindu mythology what is snake symbolic of?

To know the answer to this question we must know the seven basic forces we have and the gods associated with them.

The seven basic forces and gods:

1. Dreaming force - Indra

2. Illusory force - Shakti

3. Voluntary force - Brahma

4. Semi voluntary force - Vishnu

5. Involuntary force - Shiva

6. Status altering force - Shani

7. Compulsive force - Yama.

Hindu gods with snakes:

It is obvious that of the seven basic gods only Vishnu and Shiva are associated with snakes. Vishnu has five or seven headed Shesha. Shiva has a single headed cobra around his neck or upper arms.

Thus, the snakes have something to do with the Semi voluntary and Involuntary forces. It must be mentioned here that the Involuntary force is just the negative half of the Semi voluntary force.

The Semi voluntary force:

In this, there is a layer of Voluntary force trapped between two layers of Involuntary force. Beyond the two layers of Involuntary force are the positive and negative attitudes, which act as walls of this force.

The central layer of Voluntary force is what we call 'I'. It is the reference state for our thoughts and movements and emotions are produced in reference to it.

The Semi voluntary force and the serpent:

Whenever there are changes in our comfort we raise or lower our reference state to avoid production of emotions. Since this movement is limited by our positive and negative attitudes the graph of movement of the reference state looks like the movement of a serpent. Thus, Vishnu is prominently associated with the serpent Shesha.

The Semi voluntary force is the default force and the other forces are just modifications of this force. Thus, Vishnu enables us to select any of the remaining six gods. Because Vishnu gives us seven options the serpent has seven heads indicating the seven options that we have. Since Indra and Yama are supposed to play a role after our death only, our options may be just five and thus Shesha may have just five heads.

The Involuntary force:

The Involuntary force is just the negative half of the Semi voluntary force. The movement of the reference state here is minimal and the option is just one. Thus, Shiva has a single headed small cobra around his neck or upper arms.

Thus, in Hindu mythology snake is symbolic of our reference state 'I'.


What does rattlesnakes smell like?

I googled this question and it says musky and strong!? STRONG IS NOT A SMELL

Animal Life

How long can a water moccasin live out of water?

They're snakes and breathe air. They can live indefinitely out of water, though they're good swimmers and spend a fair portion of their lives in and around water.

Animal Behavior

Do all snakes hibernate?

No - not all. Only those living in temperate climates (where the winter temperature drops very low) need to hibernate.

Snakes actually brumate, not hibernate. It's like hibernation, but they just slow down, not go to sleep for months.


Mouse is to mammal as snake is to?



What is the difference of tycoon from taipan?

Tycoon is a type of cyclone defines in japan while taipan is a snake the most venomous snake of world


Can rope keep snakes away?

Simply, NO. I have read this in a few "stories," but it is folklore. The best remedy is to clean the area; remove anything that will attract vermin like rats or mice; seal doors, cracks in wall and other points of entry; install aluminum window screen around outdoor raised patios or decks. Make sure the screen starts about 6 inches below ground and extends to the top of the opening. Commercial products like Snake Away have not been successful.


Why does your snake pee on you when you hold him?

It's a defense mechanism. Reptiles don't normally have that much contact with people, but they DO get used to being handled over time.

Also, if it is your pet snake, taking it out to hold warms it up and gets it moving, which promotes bathroom time.


When do snakes mate?

The breeding season usually occurs during early spring. Many species have just come out of hibernation, and are ready to search for mates. In captivity - snakes will breed all year round - since they're usually kept in regulated conditions so there's no actual 'season'


Do baby gopher snakes bite?

All snakes have the potential to bite! It depends on how you handle them and whether they feel threatened or not!


Are rattlesnakes vipers?

Yes - they belong to the 'pit vipers' - in that, in addition to extremely toxic venom - they also possess heat sensitive 'pit's which enable them to hunt in complete darkness.

Edit - Viper venom varies by species, but most viper venom is lethal only to the young, old or those with weakened body systems(dehydration, sickness, etc.). Most viper venom is designed to break down the blood and tissue of the victim. The venom literally 'predigests' the victim's tissue, blood, and blood veins, starting once it has been introduced into the victim. Death is usually from low blood pressure due to venom weakening the blood vein and heart causing extensive bleeding(and low blood pressure). The venom causes extreme pain, which can trigger secondary health conditions of the victim, causing death. The larger the victim the more likely the chances of survival, most adult humans will survive being envenomed during a rattlesnake bite, unless the bite happens to be on or near a major artery, which could transfer enough venom into the heart to cause the heart to fail.

The results of being bitten are not pretty and healing from the venom results in deformed areas around the bite. Without proper treatment, a bite can cause sepsis or other problems that may require amputation. It is important to get treatment as soon as possible to prevent these problems, as well as getting anti-venom to reduce to effectiveness of the venom.

Vipers(and other snakes) do not always inject venom with every strike. It can take some snakes weeks to build up to a full venom sac, so they may not inject venom when striking non-prey animals or humans. Vipers can also control how much venom they inject if they choose, so not every bite will have venom - or even enough to kill the victim.There are reports of viper bites with very little venom injected - just enough to cause pain and allow the snake to escape the area.

World of Warcraft

Is there going to be another wow expansion?

Update August 1: The official release date has been announced to be September 25, 2012.

UPDATE: It was officially announced on Friday, October 21, 2011, that the next World of Warcraft expansion will be called: "Mists of Pandaria". No release date has been announced.


Most likely.

Blizzard will continue the World of Warcraft franchise as long as they receive the amount of money they do.

Blizzard has also recently trademarked the name "Mists of Pandaria", indicating that the next WoW expansion will include pandas. hehe.


Do snakes breath out of there tongue?

No - Snakes breath with their lungs - just as every other air-breathing animal does!


How Snakes are considered?

Snakes are reptiles.


Where do snakes hibernate?

Snakes and other reptiles have dormancy dens where they feel safe enough to sleep. A snake can dig its own hole but often with take advantage of hollows, like cracked foundations, or piles of brush.

Food Chains and Food Webs

What eats a snake other than an owl?

Fox , Coyote

There are a lot of animals that will eat snakes other than owls. Almost any raptor (hawk, falcon, eagle, etc.) will eat a snake. There are a number of other mammals that will, as well, such as skunks, badgers, raccoons, weasels, and many more. Predatory wading birds like herons will also eat snakes - even other snakes will eat snakes! Really, just about any predatory animal that is large enough can eat a snake.


Can corn snakes be black and white?

Wild corn snakes are reddish-brown in color, with black lines, but domestic corn snakes can come in nearly any color.


How are snakes killed to make snake skin products?

Unfortunately - They're usually beheaded - or gassed if someone wants a complete skin.


What types of snakes dont eat mice?

There are relatively few species that wont eat mice (or rats) the tentacled snake is a specialist in eating termites, and many of the garter snakes will feed almost exclusively on fish (though they can be coaxed into taking rodents).

Most arboreal species don't eat mice, as they're in the trees most of the time, so they prey on birds and other animals they find in the trees. The ring-necked snake and worm snake eats invertebrates such as earthworms and slugs. Water snakes eat fish. The elephant trunk snake is a completely aquatic species, although I'm not sure what it's diet is, most likely fish. Sea snakes are venomous snakes that eat fish. Large species of snake eat animals like cattle, rabbits, and pigs when they are full-grown. There are many that don't eat mice naturally.


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