Wild Facts

March 15, 2000

Do you know? Snakes live all over the world, except in Iceland, New Zealand, the North and South poles, and one European country. What country is it?

Hint: According to legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes from this country.

Answer: Ireland

Learn more

Visit the green tree pythons and other snakes at The Baltimore Zoo Reptile House. Read "Verdi," by Janell Cannon.

1. Snake skin is dry, not slimy.

2. The jaws of a snake can unhinge so they can swallow their prey headfirst, and whole! After eating, the snake will "yawn" to work his jaws back to normal.

3. Snakes learn what is around them by "smelling" the air with their forked tongues.

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