25 Creepy Cool Facts About Snakes

Snakes are stranger than you thought.

If you think human beings are weird, wait until you hear about snakes. Snakes are one of the most peculiar, polarizing and beguiling organisms on the planet. They possess some pretty spectacular abilities, despite not possessing any limbs. Take a look at 25 creepy cool facts about snakes in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite snake fact in the comments section on social media.

-There are over 3,000 species of snakes on planet Earth.

-Snakes are present in every part of the world aside from Antartica, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and New Zealand.

-Seven percent of venomous snakes, approximately 200 species, are capable of killing or seriously wounding a human being.

-There are approximately 600 species of venomous snakes.

-Snakes are divided up into 30 distinctive families.

-Only about 70% of snakes lay eggs, the rest have live births.

-Snakes don’t have eyelids and they don’t blink.

-Snakes smell with their tongues.

-Snake skin is made of keratin, much like our hair and fingernails.

-Snakes have a flexible lower jaw that allows them to eat something 75-100% larger than their own head.

-Snakes first appeared approximately 98 million years ago.

-Some snakes in captivity can live up to 170 years.

-A snake’s scales help them to breathe under water.

-Denim is an effective barrier against snake venom.

-Snakes shed between 3-6 times per year.

-There’s an island off the coast of Brazil that contains 5 snakes per square meter.

-The first scaleless snake was discovered in 1942.

-Approximately one third of adults have a snake phobia.

-The black mamba is the world’s fastest snake and can move at 12.5 mph.

-Snakes use their tongues to navigate and locate prey.

-Snakes will lose their fangs every 6 to 10 weeks.

-21 out of 23 of the deadliest venomous snakes are found in Australia.

-Snakes never stop growing.

-The St. Lucia Racer is the world’s most endangered snake.

-Approximately 40,000 people a year reportedly die from snake related casualties.