Weird Nature Fun Facts You Should Know About Snakes  

Michael Graff
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Snakes are some of the most widely feared and revered animals in all of history. They've inspired myths and legends and continue to play big ecological roles in nature and symbolic roles in popular culture. Their allure often obscures true snake facts, but scientists have learned a great deal about these reptiles.

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It's Venomous Snakes, Not Poisonous Snakes


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The technical difference between poison and venom is that poison is inhaled or ingested whereas venom is injected. Venomous snakes like vipers and cobras inject their prey with venom through their fangs.
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A Snake's Paired Organs Are Arranged in a Line


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Humans have their paired organs - kidneys, lungs, and gonads - aligned side by side in their body. Due to the elongated body of a snake, their paired organs are arranged one in front of the other.
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Snake Hearts Move Around in Their Bodies


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Snakes lack diaphragms, which means the heart's position in the body can adjust somewhat. This usually happens so that the heart doesn't get damaged when the the snake is ingesting large prey. They can literally make room for dessert!
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Most Snakes Have Only One Lung


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One functioning lung for respiration, that is. In most snakes the left lung is vestigial, meaning it's still present in the body but no longer serving any physiological function. In other words evolution is still phasing it out, like the human appendix. Some aquatic snakes do still use their vestigial left lung for buoyancy, however.