Snakes have a long, flexible body that is covered with dry scales. Snakes flick their forked tongues to bring in odors to their sensory glands.

How to Identify Garden Snakes

You can identify garden snakes, more commonly called garter snakes, by the three stripes on their backs that are reminiscent of garters. Learn about how to identify garden snakes in this article.

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  • How Snakes Work

    How Snakes Work

    A snake can swallow an animal that’s twice as big as its own head -- and swallow it whole. Snakes are amazing creatures with some astonishing capabilities. Did you know that a few of them can even fly? Learn how snakes get around, how they kill and eat their prey, and how they court and reproduce. See more »

  • What's the difference between a snake and a legless lizard?

    What's the difference between a snake and a legless lizard?

    That slithery, snakelike form that just darted past might not be a snake after all. It could be legless lizard, an animal that evolved from an entirely different line. See more »

  • What’s the largest snake that has ever existed?

    What’s the largest snake that has ever existed?

    Prepare to meet the king of snakes, the largest serpent to ever slither its way out of prehistory and into your nightmares. See more »

  • Adder


    Adder, the name of several snakes, including many European vipers and harmless North American snakes. See more »

  • Anaconda


    Anaconda, or Water Boa is a water snake of Central and tropical South America. Anacondas kill their prey - birds and small reptiles and mammals - by squeezing them until they suffocate, or by drowning them. See more »

  • Asp


    Asp is a name applied to several different species of poisonous snakes. The term is most commonly used to identify the Egyptian cobra and the horned viper, both of which are native to North Africa and adjacent southwestern Asia. See more »

  • Cobra


    Cobra, the common name for a group of poisonous snakes of Africa and southern Asia. See more »

  • Copperhead


    Copperhead is a poisonous snake related to the rattlesnake and the water moccasin. It is named for the coppery-red color of its head. See more »

  • Coral Snake

    Coral Snake

    Coral Snake is a small poisonous snake of the Western Hemisphere. There are about 50 species. See more »

  • Fer-De-Lance


    Fer-de-lance is a venomous snake of Central and South America and the West Indies. The fer-de-lance is related to the pit viper and rattlesnake, but has no rattles. See more »

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