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World Snake Day
Animals
Snakes on a Plane Anyone?

When: July 16th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

As always a trip to the zoo is a great way to see some exotic snake breeds that you might see any other place unless you live in jungle or tropical area.  If you live in a desert climate such as Arizona then you might be familiar with the deadly rattlesnakes. Snakes are to be respected and people should be cautious around to avoid potential venomous snake bites. Another way to see some interesting snakes is by visiting your local pet store.  If you prefer to just take in an entertaining movie about snakes, Anaconda, Snakes on a Plane and Jungle Book are a few that feature snakes.
 

Numbers

There are more than 3000 species of snakes in the world, about 600 are venomous and dangerous.

Description

Snakes can be found just about everywhere in the world. Species of snakes every continent with the exception of Antarctica.  Sea snakes are also widespread throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans. There are more than 20 families, that make up about 520 genera and over 3,000 different species.  Snakes are often depicted as evil and dangerous all the way back to serpents mentioned in Biblical times.  Venomous snakes capture the imagination and fascination of many people, from the King Cobra found in India, to the Rattlesnakes found in Arizona to the giant Anacondas found in the tropical forests in South America. 

Interesting Facts

  1. Snakes do not have eyelids.
  2. Snakes aren't able to exactly bite food so they have to swallow a bitten prey whole.
  3. The Indian gray mongooses are famous for their ability to fight and kill cobras.
  4. The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world, and there are numerous examples of them to grow over 18ft in length.
  5. The black mamba is widely considered the world's deadliest snake because of its lethal venom, aggressiveness and speed.

Information

Observed:
  • July 16th
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