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.
Pit vipers also carry venom in twin glands behind their eyes, delivered through movable fangs that can be folded up against the roof of their mouth.
These snakes are some of the best reptilian actors you'll ever meet, but don't let the act fool you.
To some, the thought of snakes flying through the air is the scariest thought imaginable, but, as we'll explain, flying snakes don't actually fly, they "fall with style."
Despite their name, rat snakes don't eat just rodents. This huge family of snakes, which lives on every continent except Antarctica, also eats lizards and amphibians.
One of the most venomous snakes alive, the black mamba warns off encroachment with a fearsome hiss and the ominous flaring of its two cobra-like neck flaps.
There are more than 50 species of snakes that live in the seas. Some are super venomous and they can zip through the water with ease.
A new species of green pit viper found in India has been named after the founder of Harry Potter's Slytherin house.
The green anaconda is the largest of the anaconda species, which makes it arguably the biggest snake in the world.
From its small size to its docile nature and long life span, the spotted python fills the bill as a great family pet. Our writer should know, he's got one.
These modern rat snakes have an affinity for barns (and the rodents that live in them). But the myriad of colors makes them a reptile hobbyist's dream.
These colorful snakes are found all over the world and are highly venomous, so the best strategy is to avoid them.
Cottonmouth snakes are often called water moccasins and are one of only four venomous snakes found in North America.
Though a copperhead will bite if disturbed, and it is venomous, its bite is rarely fatal.
Garter snakes are harmless, very common and beneficially feed on slugs, leeches, large insects and small rodents in North American gardens.
Snakes and lizards share a common ancestor, and snakes still have the genetic coding for legs and feet. So where did those appendages go?
At night in caves around the world, dangling snakes emerge from hiding ready to scarf up flying bats.
When you handle deadly snakes for a living, caution is job one. When you handle snakes for God, it is not. Let's meet some folks in both worlds.
Meet the lace monitor! View pictures, watch video, read facts, explore interactives and more.
You may encounter a rattle snake lazing in its natural habitat and want to know how to scare it away. Learn about how to scare away rattlesnakes in this article.
Learn how to breed ring-neck snakes and start a successful breeding business. Learn about how to breed a ring-neck snake in this article.
Learning how to know if a snake is venomous isn't hard. Learn about how to know if a snake is venomous in this article.
If you are in the Southeastern United States, you should know how to identify a pygmy rattlesnake. Learn about how to identify the pygmy rattlesnake in this article.
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.
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.
The fear of snakes, ophidiophobia, is one of the most widespread phobias in the world. There are many types of harmless snakes, but the venom from some poisonous varieties can kill a person