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Snakes are cold blooded, meaning they are inactive on cold winter days. They can however become active on sunny or warm days and warm nights, even in winter.
Pit vipers are Snakes with small heat sensing organs between the nose and eye. These Snakes are often active at night and can sense body heat, even in total darkness, to find their prey. North American examples are the Rattle Snake, Copperhead and Water Moccasin. We'll learn more about these later.
Snakes don't have ears, but they can sense vibration, in fact the Cobra can sense the vibration of a human from about the length of a football field in some conditions, snakes also use their tongue to carry smells to their sensing organs in the roof of their mouth, this allows a Snake to track it's prey.
Snakes may lay quietly for long periods of time in grass, tall weeds, near tree roots, under or in logs or holes, under or near rocks, bushes, boards, leaves, in Chicken coups and farm buildings or other cover. They may also lay in the open to warm themselves. Snakes may appear inactive and be unnoticeable while they are waiting for a meal to arrive.
Venomous Snake bites are rarely deadly and the possibility of being bitten is small with proper precautions. Not all Snakes are venomous, the majority are not.
Relax and remember Snakes play a very important role in the ecosystem of our planet.
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North America's only venomous water snake is considered to be very aggressive by many. It may be found on dry ground or in the water. It also climbs trees and will drop into a boat from tree a limb ( thud, what was that?), active day and night. We will learn more about this snake later.
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