By understanding basic snake anatomy we can better appreciate the evolutionary adaptations that has ensured the survival of these amazing creatures.
To the general public a snake is simply viewed as a dangerous "slimy" cold-blooded abomination capable of inflicting serious bodily harm to its unsuspecting human victim.
There are many myths and misconceptions about snakes.
How many times have you heard someone say....
"Snakes can dislocate their jaws."
"Snakes are cold-blooded and therefore cannot feel pain."
It is only once we begin to understand the anatomical characteristics of snakes that we realise that most of what we thought we knew, or heard, is physically impossible.
Here we will look at some of the highly specialised anatomical adaptations that has evolved in snakes which includes the different
structures, skeletal system and a number reptilian anatomical features as well as a detailed
diagram of the anatomy of a snake.
The most noticeable physical characteristics of snakes include:
The lack of limbs.
No moveable eyelids.
No external ear openings.
An elongated body covered in scales, as opposed to hair or feathers.
It is only once we obtain an "internal" view of a snakes' anatomy that we can fully appreciate this evolutionary marvel.
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Anatomy of a snake diagram
Anatomical diagram depicting the the vital organs.
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