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 MSN Encarta - Snake (reptile)
And while most lizards have movable eyelids that periodically close to protect and lubricate the eyes, a snake’s eyes are always open, protected by immobile, transparent scales.
Snake (reptile), legless animal with a long, flexible body covered with overlapping scales.
Even in snakes that are not growing, the scales become drab and worn over time, and must be periodically replaced by a new, healthy layer.
encarta.msn.com /encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761578341   (1052 words)

  
 Snake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most snakes use specialized belly scales to move, gripping surfaces.
In "advanced" (Caenophidian) snakes, the broad belly scales and rows of dorsal scales correspond to the vertebrae, allowing scientists to count the vertebrae without dissection.
All snakes are capable of lateral undulation, in which the body is flexed side-to-side, and the flexed areas propagate posteriorly, giving the overall shape of a posteriorly propagating sine wave.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Snake   (2979 words)

  
 Snakes of New York
It is made of a series of hollow scales that produce a distinct buzz when the snake vibrates its tail (a new one is added each time the snake sheds its skin, which may be several times a year).
These snakes, like many other species, are variable in color and pattern; the basic color is dark brown or green with three yellowish stripes down their sides and back.
The milk snake is a boldly patterned serpent (brown or reddish blotches on a light grey to tan body) that vibrates its tail when annoyed.
www.esf.edu /pubprog/brochure/snakes/snakes.htm   (1165 words)

  
 Australian Coral Snake
Coral pink above with numerous narrow bands comprising dark-edged pale scales; dark blotches on head and broad dark band across neck; belly cream.
An uncommon nocturnal burrowing snake, found under rocks and logs, eats lizards and reptile eggs.
Midbody scales in 17 rows; anal and subcaudals (the large scales that run from the cloaca (anal scale) to the tip of the tail) divided.
www.fauna.com.au /reptiles/australiancoralsnake.php   (133 words)

  
 Tricks for Identifying Snakes
Garter snake anal plates -- the large scale or scales next to the anus, at the end of the broad belly plates -- are single.
Garter snake have keeled scales, which means that each individual scale has a narrow ridge running down its middle.
Common Garter Snakes have 19 rows of scales.
backya2.fatcow.com /snakidnt.htm   (133 words)

  
 Are snakes slimy?
Belly scales are often oblong shaped to help the snake grip the surface.
Seasnakes have tiny granular scales for a sand-papery skin that grip slippery fish.
Desert snakes have rough scales for gripping loose sand.
www.szgdocent.org /resource/rr/c-slimy.htm   (133 words)

  
 Independent Study Fair Report
All rattlesnakes, for example, have keeled scales, but not all snakes with keeled scales are rattlesnakes.
Scale patterns, for all snakes, are made up of individually colored scales.
The snakes' scales help keep its moisture inside its body so snakes can live in deserts.
www.oberlin.k12.oh.us /talent/isp/reports2004/5David.htm   (133 words)

  
 Michael Guinea
'A Study of Aquatic Snake Scales.' This is a PhD project and involves the use of scale characters as a taxonomic tool and the significance of these and other characters in the functional morphology of the scales.
Guinea, M. 1996 Functions of the cephalic scales of the sea snake Emydocephalus annulatus.
Guinea, M. 1992 The yellow-bellied sea snake in the waters of the Northern Territory.
www.ntu.edu.au /faculties/science/sbes/staff/Michael_Guinea.htm   (133 words)

  
 BSFS Databases
This snake is very similar in appearance to the Great Plains rat snake that has keeled scales and a boldly marked black and white checkerboard belly.
However, prairie kingsnakes are also often mistaken for copperheads that have 10-15 bands instead of small blotches, strongly keeled scales, facial pits, elliptical pupils, and complete subcaudal scales.
This snake is most likely to be encountered on food plots, savannas, and flood plains on the Drury and Mincy Wildlife Areas.
www.bullshoals.smsu.edu /databases/animals/record.asp?ID=58   (133 words)

  
 kasharr_5
Hi all I am 33 years old and run Mostly Scales Snake and Reptile Rescue.
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www.geocities.com /kasharr_5/kasharr_5.index.html   (262 words)

  
 Howstuffworks "How Snakes Work"
As the snake grows, the number and the pattern of its scales stay the same, although a snake's scales are shed many times over the course of its life.
Once a snake is ready to eat, it opens its mouth wide and begins to "walk" its lower jaw over the prey as its backward-curving teeth grip the animal-- one side of the jaw pulls in while the other side moves forward for the next bite.
Snakes do not have a diaphragm like people do, so they circulate air in and out of the lungs by narrowing the rib cage to push air out and then widening it again to create a vacuum to suck air in.
science.howstuffworks.com /snake.htm/printable   (262 words)

  
 Javan Wart Snake
The snake captures its prey by folding its body around it, using its prehensile tail and the sharp scales to ensure a firm grip.
The skin of the Javan wart snake is loose and baggy, with small rough scales.
The Javan wart snake is found on the coastal regions of India and Ceylon, and also across the Indo-Australian islands as far as the Solomons.
www.avidpets.com /Snakes/javan-wart-snake.htm   (262 words)

  
 Howstuffworks "How Snakes Work"
As the snake grows, the number and the pattern of its scales stay the same, although a snake's scales are shed many times over the course of its life.
Once a snake is ready to eat, it opens its mouth wide and begins to "walk" its lower jaw over the prey as its backward-curving teeth grip the animal -- one side of the jaw pulls in while the other side moves forward for the next bite.
Snakes do not have a diaphragm like people do, so they circulate air in and out of the lungs by narrowing the rib cage to push air out and then widening it again to create a vacuum to suck air in.
science.howstuffworks.com /snake.htm/printable   (2883 words)

  
 Snakes [encyclopedia]
Snakes need camouflage, so their scales may be different colors; black, green, white, and gray with brown diamonds, and many more.
Snakes are small, legless reptiles, and, like all reptiles, have scales and tails.
Alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, and turtles are all reptiles.
kosmoi.com /Life/Animals/Reptile/Snakes   (812 words)

  
 Wart Snakes (from snake) --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
The wart snakes (family Acrochordidae) are extremely stout-bodied, aquatic species with tiny eyes, small scales that are of equal size all over the body, and loose, baggy skin.
Wart snakes have thick bodies, loose skins, tiny pyramidal scales that extend across the belly, and valves that close off the mouth and nostrils under water.
The ribbon snake is slimmer than other garter snakes—an adult of 30 inches (76 centimeters) in length is no thicker than a pencil—and its coloration pattern is more intense and less variable.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article?tocId=208154   (812 words)

  
 Displaying comments
All snakes with dark scales will look iradescent in the right light after shedding when their scales are fresh and new.
Sunbeam snakes are extremely hard to find in the pet trade.
As far as iridescent snakes go, you're better of w/ a rainbow boa, although these are definitely not beginner snakes.
www.unexplained-mysteries.com /gallery/displaycomments.php?pos=-663   (812 words)

  
 Smooth Green Snake
The only other green snake in the state, the rough green, has keeled scales and a much longer tail than the smooth green.
This snake may attain a length of up to 22 inches (56 cm).
Range : In West Virginia, the smooth green snake is found mainly at higher elevations.
www.marshall.edu /herp/Old/smoothgreen.htm   (812 words)

  
 Poisonous Snakes on Campus
Confirmed identification of snakes can only be done by counting scales on its body very carefully.
Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus): This snake has a row of enlarged hexagonal scales on its dorsal side running along the entire length of its body.
Body color varies widely among snakes of the same species and should not be used as an aid to identification.
userpages.umbc.edu /~sjoshi1/mirror/poisonous.shtml   (812 words)

  
 Western Hognose Snakes (Heterodon nasicus)
The keeled scales combined with the shovel-like snout and a stocky body form make this snake well suited for a terrestrial and fossorial life crawling and burrowing through leaf litter in search of toads to eat during the day.
The scales are keeled, that is, a raised ridge runs longitudinally down the center of each scale, giving the snake a rough texture.
Western Hognose snakes rarely reach up to 36 inches in total length, with a length of about 24 inches being more common.
www.baars.org /hognose.html   (812 words)

  
 Virginia valeriae valeriae
The brown snakes (Storeria dekayi) have keeled scales.
The scales are smooth, though faint keels may be present near the tail.
The southern ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus punctatus) is grayish-black with a distinct neck ring and yellow-orange belly.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu /natsci/herpetology/fl-guide/virginiavvaleriae.htm   (812 words)

  
 Thamnophis sirtalis
Description: Medium-sized (up to 100 cm TL) dark brown or black snake with a yellow or gray midback stripe and a yellow stripe on each side.
Natural History: Cold-tolerant snake that occasionally emerges from hibernation to bask on warm winter days.
Key Characters: Side stripes on scale rows 2-3; yellow or gray midback stripe; black bars on margins of labial scales; back scales strongly keeled; anal scale not divided.
www.inhs.uiuc.edu /cbd/herpdist/species/th_sirtali.html   (223 words)

  
 china virtual museums_animal
The scales on its belly are quite narrow, the width of them are less than one 3rd of the scales on its back.
It mainly feeds on snakes, frogs, lizards, small rodents, birds and birds' eggs.
This is the primitive feature of the sunbeam snakes.
international.tamu.edu /ipa/english/animal/class/cls310.html   (223 words)

  
 Ground of Heaven
Its head starting beneath Crab and its body stretching all the way under the Lion, the Virgin and most of the Scales, lies the great Water-Snake Hydra: this was Sumero-Akkadian Tsir-gal, Babylonian-Assyrian Tsiru-gallu, Phoeni-cian Nakhasch-maim, the Snake or Great Snake.
An archaic Akkadian hymn speaks of "the monstrous snake" that "bears the yoke on its seven heads...the strong serpent of the sea," one of the sinister brood of the primordial monster Tiamat.
To the Akkadians Crater was simply Lut-Tsirna, "The Bowl of the Snake" which the early Greeks transformed into the Kantha-ros, or Goblet, of Apollo.
pw1.netcom.com /~ye-stars/tmacons.htm   (223 words)

  
 Smooth Green Snake Detailed Information - Montana Animal Field Guide
The smooth green snake is a small to medium, slender, bright green snake with smooth dorsal scales (15 rows at mid-body), and a white or yellowish underside; each nostril is centered in a single scale; the anal scale is divided.
The smooth green snake differs from the eastern racer (Coluber constrictor) by being smaller in size, in having the nostril centered in a single scale rather than placed between two scales, and in having a single anterior temporal scale on each side rather than two.
Based upon onservations in other areas of its range, the smooth green snake is known to occupy meadows, grassy marshes, moist grassy fields at forest edge, mountain shrublands, stream borders, bogs, open moist woodland, abandoned farmland, and vacant lots.
fwp.state.mt.us /FieldGuide/detail_ARADB47010.aspx   (223 words)

  
 AdventureWare - Rattle Snake
The true rattlesnakes (Crotalus) are among the most advanced of all snakes and are characterized by generally having large rattles and small scales covering the tops of their heads, except for the large scales over their eyes.
The older the snake, the more segments to the rattle, however they do lose some by wear and tear so counting "beads" is not relevant
Most bites could be avoided by common sense and simple respect for the snake.
www.adventureware.com /rattler.htm   (593 words)

  
 ANIMAL
Rough Green Snakes have keeled scales giving them a rough appearance and are mainly arboreal.
  Smooth Green Snakes have smooth dorsal scales giving them a smooth appearance and are ground dwellers that prefer damp habitats close to water.
American Green snakes are native to Eastern North America from the Great Lakes southward through Northeastern Mexico.
www.jackspets.com /reptilehints/AMERICAN%20GREEN%20SNAKE.htm   (593 words)

  
 Smooth Green Snake
The only other green snake in the state, the rough green, has keeled scales and a much longer tail than the smooth green.
Range: In West Virginia, the smooth green snake is found mainly at higher elevations.
Habitat: Smooth green snakes are usually found in old fields, meadows, and around houses.
www.marshall.edu /herp/Old/smoothgreen.htm   (593 words)

  
 Key to the Snakes of Colorado
Scales on body smooth or very weakly keeled.
Olive or brownish body with yellow or cream belly; nostril bordered by two separate scales.
Body bright grass green; nostril centered in single scale.
www.coloherp.org /keys/snakes.php   (593 words)

  
 Feature
Small scales on the skin of the snake robot grip the walls and allow it to push forwards by changing the amplitude of its coils in one region while gripping with another.
She instructs the snake to begin concertina motion in which the snake robot coils into an s-shaped curve until it can feel the walls of the fallen houses pushing in on it from both sides.
Approaching the aperture, the snake transitions to rectilinear motion, and uses infrared distance measuring devices and flex-sensor whiskers to center it between the walls.
www.snakerobots.com   (1099 words)

  
 Snakes of North America
The cobra family is thought to have evolved from Colubrid snakes and many appear very similar in appearance with long, slender bodies and large scales (plates) on the head.
Most are medium sized snakes, and all lack a pelvic girdle and have no vestigial hind limbs and whose left lung is either absent or greatly reduced.
The coral snakes are relatively small snakes that spend most of their time underground.
www.pitt.edu /~mcs2/herp/SoNA.html   (759 words)

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