The skin of the snake is actually very cool and dry. The snake is totally coated in dry scales. These scales are individually attached to the skin which allows the skin to be quite elastic. This is because unlike snakes, mammals are ‘ecothermic’, a major word, meaning the environment controls the temperature of the snake. You have heard the term cold blooded, correct? Their body temperature is directly related to their surroundings. That is the reason you often find reptiles basking in sunlight. They can’t control their own body temperature such as mammals do.
In the winter, reptiles will ‘hibernate’. They will usually find refuge beneath a rock, inside a log or a pit in the ground, such as an unused rabbit hole. In this time of hibernation, body functions slow down nearly entirely into a stand still. They enter into an energy conservation mode where their pulse and breathing slow down radically. They will remain in this state of hibernation for several months before the weather starts to warm up.
Another amazing truth about snakes is that they can devour prey many times larger than themselves. A snake has an amazing ability to modify its body structure in order to eat something larger than itself.
Once the snake has caught its prey by either injecting venom or in the case of non venomous snakes like pythons, by multiplying its own prey, it will coil it’s body around it’s victim and will start to evaluate the victim and hunt for the mind. It can do this either from the feel of the fur or from odor. Snakes like to consume their prey head first. It’s easier to consume this way. When the snake opens its mouth and starts to eat its prey, then the skin will begin to stretch. Like a collection of overlapping leaves, the scales move away from each other showing the skin between them, allowing the snake to extend wider and wider to accommodate the exact dimensions of the sufferer.
As the snake makes its way across the entire body of its prey, the bottom jaw will unhinge in the top. The lower part of the snakes jaw will part in the chin and utilizing it’s rearward facing rear teeth, the snake will start to transfer the prey into it’s body. Then a set muscles contractions through the snakes’ body will move down the food till it reaches the snakes gut. After ingesting, snakes will find somewhere warm and safe to digest their meal. A snake may not have to eat again for several weeks or sometimes months.
There are a couple of important facts you need to know to prevent being bitten. A snake will not bite you unless it feels that it has no other alternative. Some snakes can be aggressive nevertheless, but entire snakes prefer to be left alone. A snake will bite as it feels threatened. To some snake a human being is equally enormous & frightening.
You’re more likely to be bitten if you either stand on a snake or deliberately try to grab a snake, so you should always contact a Pest Experts company to help with snake removal if needed. A snake will always opt for cover given the chance, and will be out of your way until you know it. The last thing that a snake needs it is to try out an attack and run the risk of being hurt itself.