Based on the latest report, there are at least 3,000 snakes species located in various corners of the globe. They can be found in different continents except in Antarctica. While their presence will often scare
Palm Beach homeowners, there are instances when they can actually be beneficial. For instance, snakes are known for their ability to control the population of the rodent and insects. They can help in managing the rodent infestation especially on agricultural areas.
The Size of Different Snakes
Most people will think that all snakes can reach the size of the anaconda in the jungle. Depending upon different environmental factors and the gender, the size can be larger or smaller. The size of the snake can also be dictated by the genetics of the snake. For instance, your average corn snake will be obviously smaller than the Burmese Python regardless if you feed them with different nutritious food. Palm Beach Snakes can be categorized into three groups with regards to their size.
- Small Snake- the small snake will include the Rosy Boa (2-4ft) and the Western Hognose (1.5-3ft). Any snakes that are 4ft and below belongs in this group.
- Medium Snake- Garter Snakes (2-5ft) and the Corn Snake (3-5.5 ft) will fall under this category.
- Large Snake-These are snakes that are more than 6ft such as the King Cobra that can grow up to 18ft, reticulated python with 20ft, and the anaconda that can reach 30ft.
Growth and Structure of Snake
The snake will range from a mere 4 inches to 30ft and beyond. Their body is composed of hundreds of vertebrae and ribs that are attached through a complex system that grants their renowned flexibility. Their skin has an extremely elastic property that will be covered with a scale that is made of keratin, this is the same substance that makes up our hair and nails. This scale is being produced by the snake epidermis. When the snakes grow, the pattern and number of their scales will remain despite of the fact that the snakes will have to shed their skin several times.
Compared to humans that will shed skin regularly on small pieces, the snakes will be able to complete the process in one go. This is a process known as molting. Once the old scales wear down due to injury, their outer skin will create a new layer of scales. The cell will liquefy that will soften the outer layer. Once they are ready to shed their old skin, they will be scraping their body against rough and hard surfaces such as rocks. The whole process will take around 14 days to complete.
Just like humans, the snakes can grow at an astounding rate until they reach their maturity. This will take about 1-9 years. Nonetheless, unlike human the growth of the snake will never stop after maturity but will slow down, a process referred as the indeterminate growth. Contingent upon the type of snake, they will be able to live for 4-25 years.
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