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Snake Facts

Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Serpentes
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Reptile
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
5.4m (18ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
150kg (330lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
32km/h (20mph)
Lifespan:
How long the animal lives for
30 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary

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There are around 2,700 known species of snake worldwide, with the snake being found on every continent apart from the polar regions, where it is too cold for the snake.

The snake can grow anywhere from 10cm in length, to the enormous anaconda snake that can reach lengths of up to 30ft long! There are two ways that snakes kill their prey, either the snake has a poisonous bite or the snake will wrap itself around the prey to constrict it.

Most species of snake inhabiting colder regions in the Northern Hemisphere, will hibernate through the cold winter months. The snake tends to mate in the spring time.

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First Published: 8th November 2008, Last Updated: 24th January 2020

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 08 Nov 2008]
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