Interesting snake facts you probably didn’t know

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  • Snakes never stop growing.
  • Snakes Smell with Their Tongues, Snakes use their tongues to sense chemicals in the air, and then transport them to the organ to smell them.
  • Snakes do not have external ears but they still have internal ear bones.
  • A snake skeleton has 600-1800 bones, depending on the species.
  • Snakes have smooth dry skin that is covered in scales. These scales are made of Keratin. That’s the same substance that is in human hair and nails.
  • They do not blink and they sleep with their eyes open.
  • Snakes can eat things 75-100% bigger than their own size.
  • There are 3,789 snake species, making them the second largest group of reptiles after lizards.
  • Only around 600 snake’s species are venomous and far fewer can hurt humans.
  • Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world.
  • A few rare snakes are born with two heads.
  • King cobras are considered the smartest snake in the world.
  • Brazil is the country with the largest number of species of snakes in the world.

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