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Fun Facts You Should Know About Snakes

Updated June 24, 2020 4k votes 952 voters 40.9k views25 items

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.

On thisssss lissssst is a host of random snake facts, interesting snake facts, and cool snake facts to satisfy your craving for fun facts about snakes. Impresssss your friends with all this creepy information about snakes, because who doesn't love learning a little slithery info about snakes?

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    The Black Mamba Is The Most Dangerous Snake In The World

    Photo: Bill Love/Blue Chameleon Ventures / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
    Kill Bill got this one dead right. Black mambas may not technically be the most venomous snakes in the world but they are widely considered the most dangerous. They're very fast as far as snakes go and can lift up to a third of their body off the ground in defensive stances. They're extremely territorial and can deliver multiple envenoming bites in a single strike, in rapid succession.
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    Snake Hearts Move Around In Their Bodies

    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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    The Inland Taipan Is The Most Venomous Snake In The World

    Commonly called the fierce snake, these are found in the arid regions of central Australia. Snake venom toxicity is measured by median lethal dose, written as LD50. In testing on rats, the LD50 for inland taipan venom is .000025 grams per kilogram of body mass. To put that in perspective, the amount of venom an inland taipan can deliver in a single bit is potent enough to kill 100 adult human males.
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    Snakes Are Polyphyodonts

    Photo: Bob Warrick / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0
    Polyphyodonts are animals that continually replace their teeth throughout their lives. Snakes are included in this classification. Non-venomous snakes have rows of replaceable teeth and no fangs.
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