They eat a variety of foods including insects, amphibians and small mammals, making them carnivorous. They swallow prey whole, and can do this because they can dislocate their jaw. They also have the ability to hold prey in their mouths due to their backward facing teeth. They donít have to eat every day, in fact some snakes can survive without food for almost a year. A snakes digestive system can dissolve prey leaving only hair and claws which it then spits out. They fall asleep after they eat to allow them to digest their food. They hunt at night.
Snakes are found everywhere except Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and New Zealand. They live right to the Arctic Circle, but are more common in the tropics. Snakes habitats range from seas to deserts.
Arguably the oldest snake in captivity is somewhere between 30 to 50 years old
This site was last updated 03-02-2007