Snakes are one of nature’s most commonly misunderstood animals and have often been portrayed as evil in countless animations and movies. This World Snake Day, we’re debunking some common snake myths and giving these beautiful reptiles some well-deserved appreciation!
Thanks to movies such as Anacondas and Snakes On A Plane, most of us have the misconception that all snakes are venomous. In actual fact, about 10% out of over 2700 species of snakes in the world are venomous.
Unlike their CGI counterparts in movies, most snakes would rather flee than approach humans. Since snakes can’t prey on us, they usually attack when startled or aggravated.
An example of a snake that would rather avoid conflict is the Hognose snake, which plays dead by flipping on its back and opening its mouth with its tongue lolling out as a self-defense mechanism!
Snake charmers make it seem like snakes are dancing to the music played by them but snakes are actually deaf to airborne sounds as they do not have eardrums and external ears. Instead, they sense the vibrations of the flute and merely follow the movements of the charmer and his instrument.
Contrary to popular belief, there are exceptions such as the green anacondas and boa constrictors. They are ovoviviparous snakes, which means that they give birth to live young but their eggs are incubated and hatched in the body!
Rest assured that this is far from the truth! The unblinking gaze of a snake might resemble that of a hypnotist, but it’s just their lack of eyelids and consequent inability to blink, rather than an attempt at controlling minds!
Instead of eyelids, their eyes are protected by scales called eyecaps.
If you’ve never touched a snake before, you might think that they’ll feel slimy. But in actual fact, snakes are very dry and smooth to the touch!
Want to meet our beautiful reptiles? Head down to the entrance of Night Safari at 6pm and you might come into close contact with our snakes!
P.S. You don’t need an entrance ticket to do so!