Snakes Alley

Snakes alley at emirates park zoo

Snakes can ‘see’ in the dark thanks to protein channels that are activated by heat from the bodies of their prey. They have holes on their faces that detect radiation from warm bodies up to 1 meter away. At night it allows them to ‘see’ the prey just like an infrared camera does so you cannot hide from them.

 

FUN FACTS

  • Snakes don’t have eyelids.
  • Snakes can’t chew food so they swallow it whole.
  • They have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head!
  • The continent of Antarctica does not have snakes and all other continents have.
  • Snakes only have internal ears.
  • Snake skin is smooth and dry.
  • Snakes shed their skin a number of times a year in a process that usually lasts a few days.
  • Snakes smell with their tongue.
  • The longest recorded snake is Medusa, a reticulated python. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She is a Guinness World Record holder measuring 7.67 meters long. 10-year-old Medusa requires 15 men to hold her at full length. She can eat an entire 18kg (40lb) deer in one sitting. Medusa weighs 158.8kg.