Snakes are inspirational. Snakes are a reptile found in most areas of the Earth. They live on every continent except Antarctica and do not live on some islands. These carnivores live on land, however sea snakes are also found throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans. There are over 3,000 species. They are from the 10 cm long thread snake up to the almost 7 foot long reticulated python. There are both venomous and non venomous species. Venomous snakes use venom to kill or subdue prey. Some nonvenomous snakes eat prey alive and others constrict their prey with their muscular limbless bodies.
Snakes use their forked tongues to smell and tract their prey. Their eyesight varies and some have infrared sensitivity. They are, also, sensitive to ground vibration. The skin of a snake is covered in scales. They shed their skin throughout their lives, more often while young and still growing. Snake skeletons include a lot of ribs and a flexible mobile jaw. Venomous snakes usually have hallow fangs in front of their mouths to inject venom into their prey. In colder habitats snakes bromate. When they bromate they often burrow and are inactive. Unlike hibernation they are not asleep. Snakes use their bodies to travel and move, including sidewinding.
Snakes are sometimes eaten by humans and their bodies are used in some places to make alcohol more potent. Their scaly skins have been used to make clothing and other items. Many nonvenomous snakes are kept as pets. Snakes are both predators and prey in their habitats, however their role on farms can be seen as beneficial. They eat many animals that are pests that eat crops. Bigger snakes even eat smaller snakes.
Snakes are part of religious worship in many religions and have been used as symbols throughout history. In Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and other faiths snakes are seen and used in positive, as well as, negative ways.
Snakes’ venom is used to make antivenom. In India, for example, the snake-skin industry was banned and the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 was passed. Biomedical research and medicinal products use snake venom without harming snakes. Research is being done on the effect of snake venom on cancer. From the possible cancer treatment benefits to snake use to exterminate pests in cities and on farms, snakes can be beneficial. Be inspired! Have a bright day!