Happy Year of the Snake – 10 Intriguing Snake Facts

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People around the world are celebrating the Chinese New Year today – it’s the Year of the Snake. To mark the occasion, here are some lesser-known facts about these fascinating reptiles:

  1. Snakes and other reptiles have pain receptors and respond to painful stimuli just as humans do.
  2. In the exotic-skins industry, hunters often nail snakes to trees and skin them alive before tossing them in a pile to die.
  3. Flying tree snakes can glide between trees over distances of 24 metres or more.
  4. To make it easier for workers to skin them, snakes sometimes have a hose forced between their jaws and are pumped full of water until they swell up. It can take them several days to die from shock or dehydration.
  5. Many species of snakes, including pythons and monocled cobras, are in danger of extinction because of the largely unregulated exotic-skins trade.
  6. The smallest snake in the world, the Barbados thread snake, is just 4 inches long.
  7. Snakes are acutely sensitive. Their bellies can detect even the faintest vibrations in the air and on the ground, allowing them to sense the approach of other animals.
  8. Of the 2,900 species of snakes in the world, only 13 per cent are venomous.
  9. Female pythons make a nest and coil up on their eggs to keep them safe until they hatch.
  10. Each year, half a million python skins are exported from Southeast Asia alone. The European fashion industry accounts for 96 per cent of the python-skin market.

If you want to help snakes and take a stand against the cold-blooded cruelty of the exotic-skins trade, please watch and share this shocking exposé of reptile abuse in Indonesia. Then pledge to keep snakeskin and other exotic skins out of your wardrobe.



  • ronald sloan commented on February 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Stop the animal cruelty

  • Brien Comerford commented on February 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Plaudits for the illuminating article on snakes that happen to be one of God’s most enigmatic and exquisite species. They are one of many animal species that have been demonized, maligned, vilified and lambasted by really ignorant humans who encourage other ignorant humans to kill snakes. An Unpardonable affront to the Creator !

  • Cat commented on March 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I know that people love to be very proud of wearing snake skin, people love their vanity to show along with their wealth. Google allows advertising of ivory from poaching activity by the way, 10,000 ads in Japan alone.

    I love snakes and mostly they fear hurting anyone because once their poison is spent they cannot make any more for a few days which leaves them completely vulnerable and very tired. Nature is clever like that. I worked by a river in Sri Lanka for a few weeks and the cobras were all around but if you shooed them away they would go away, the locals weren’t afraid of them as long as they were not threatened by us.

    Killing of animals by humans disgusts me and I see people as ugly in this way. Evil really. Filling the snake with water is to also stretch the skin prior to death, the hearts of the killer human is dark indeed. I pity them.


  • Cat commented on March 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Oh, real live snakes are not slimed but smooth like tiles underneath and soft as silk on their backs. They are incredibly beautiful and do not require make up or furs either!


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