"Snake" is an ancient word and comes from the Indo-European base sneg, meaning "to creep"; it is also related to the word "snail," which has the same root.
  1. How long do snakes live? We can't know for certain, but snakes in zoos have long lives. One boa constrictor has lived 27 years in a zoo, and a South American anaconda is still going strong after 28 years!
  2. How big do snakes get? They can be very tiny or very large, depending on the kind. The ground snake is about 5 inches long while a python can grow to be 30 feet in length and weigh 200 pounds.
  3. How often does a snake eat? Snakes eat only when they are hungry. This can be once every 3-4 days or the interval may be even longer weeks or months. Zoo snakes, because they don't move much, may eat just one or two times a year!
  4. Do all snakes lay eggs to reproduce? No, some snakes give birth to tiny living snakes that crawl off and take care of themselves right from the start.
  5. What snake is the best mother? No snake mothers her babies the way humans do, but the python mother makes a nest and coils up on her eggs to keep them safe until they hatch.
  6. How does a snake keep clean? Its scales are very smooth and fit together so there is no place for dirt to catch on a snakeskin. Also, snakes get brand-new skins every once in a while so they are usually very, very clean.
  7. How many kinds of snakes are there? There are about 2,600 different kinds of snakes. Of these, about 400 are poisonous.
  8. How many different kinds of snakes live in the U.S.? There are 126 different kinds of snakes in the United States. Only 19 are harmful to people.
  9. Why is it true that snakes are good for the world? Snakes are very helpful. The small ones eat harmful bugs and insects. The big ones eat rats, mice, gophers, and animals that destroy crops. Good farmers and gardeners know how helpful most snakes are and are happy to have them around. All snakes except those that threaten people should be kept safe from harm. They are part of the chain of living things as we are!

Snakes of North America
Snakes of North Alabama
Snakes of Arizona
Facts About Snakes In California
Guide to Flordia Venomous Snakes
Florida's Snakes
Snakes of Indiana
All About Snakes in Maryland
An Interactive Guide to Massachusetts Snakes
Snakes of Missouri
Snakes of New York
Poisonous Snakes of North Carolina
North Dakota Snakes
Ohio's Reptiles
Snakes in Pennsylvania
South Carolina Snake Species
The Venomous Snakes of Texas
Snakes of West Virginia
Wisconsin's Harmless Snakes