When it comes to their diet, snakes can eat their food whole, up to three times bigger than their own head!
The Corn Snake also known as the Patherophis guttatus, is a popular species that has been successfully kept in captivity for many generations. Captive breeding projects have created beautiful colour morphs including the popular "snow" and "butter." This snake can be found throughout America where it preys upon mice or rats near harvested corn fields. Corn snakes can also be found in burrows in forests and flat plains with plenty of space.
Western Hognose Snake
The Western Hognose Snake is a fascinating animal, not only because of its modified rostral (nose) scale that enables it to be very adept at burrowing. The Hognose has many defence techniques, including playing dead! When threatened, this snake can be found in a belly-up position, with their tongue out. Similar to the Cobra, they will also puff out their head and neck producing a ‘hiss’ sound to warn off predators. This species lives in sandy prairies and scrublands as well as floodplains.
The Milk Snake (Lampropeltis Triangulum) is a crepuscular species (active at twilight) seen adorning black, yellow and red stripes. It thrives in grasslands but also occurs on rocky hillsides as well as farmland areas. Native to the United States and South America, the ‘milk’ part of their name can be mistaken for them entering cow barns at night to drink their milk when actually it's hay and cattle feed which attract rodents preyed upon by this snake!
The Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) is ovoviviparous species, meaning they bear live young instead of laying eggs. This unique creature can be found near water and prefers eating rodents or amphibians with an occasional fish to add to their varied diet. Native to North America they can be found in woodland, forests, and meadows and can survive in extreme weather.
The Royal Python is a semi-arboreal species, they can be found on the forest floor but will also climb trees and bushes to hunt for food. Across the world, this snake is also known as "Ball Pythons" because of their ability to curl up into a ball. Their natural habitat consists mostly of grasslands but can be found in open forests too. This species has been successfully captive-bred over time so you can find wonderful colourful morphs, including 'banana’, ‘champagne’ and ‘pastel.’ Their lifespan can be up to 30 years.
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