Do snakes live in trees? Yes, they do. Many snakes live in trees. One, in particular, the African Vine Snake, shows most of the tree-snake characteristics. It is only about 4 feet in length and nearly half of this is the snake’s long and slender tail.
Do snakes live in trees?
The slim shape of the Vine Snake is ideal for climbing quickly through the branches of trees, and its mottled coloring provides a perfect camouflage among the foliage.
The Vine Snake lies along branches with about one-third of its body extended into space. It remains like this for long periods, carefully scanning the area for birds, frogs, chameleons, and geckos.
It has very good eyesight for a snake. Its eyes are situated on the front of the head and grooves along the snake’s nose give uninterrupted vision. The tongue of the Vine Snake is brightly colored. The constant flicking in and out is thought to attract prey.
Can snakes fly?
Snakes cannot fly but one or two have become very good at gliding. A snake with this ability launches itself into space form high up in a tree. As it falls it flattens its body and draws itself in underneath to an almost concave shape. The increased surface area cushions the shake’s fall and enables it to prolong its descent through the air.
It either glides into another tree in this way or all the way to the ground. One flying snake is also good at leaping across wide gaps in the branches. It coils itself up, and then suddenly unwinds, shooting itself across the gap in a stiff, upright position.
Do snakes eat snakes?
King snakes are particularly fond of eating other snakes although they do not go out of their way to track them down. A chance encounter with another species usually results in the king snake overcoming the other by constriction.
King snakes are immune to the venom of poisonous snakes and so been such deadly species as rattlesnakes and copperheads are not safe from them. Kind snakes are protected in some areas, for their snake-eating habits are considered useful.
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