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11 Most AMAZING Snakes In The World!
- Published on: 5/9/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From snakes with extra appendages that look exactly like spiders, to those with the perfect camouflage, here are 11 of the world’s most amazing snakes!
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11. Malagasy Leaf-Nosed Snake
Madagascar is home to countless endemic species, including at least 94 snakes. Perhaps the most unique among them is Langaha madagascariensis, the Malagasy leaf-nosed snake. French zoologist Pierre Joseph Bonnaterre first described it in 1790, and ever since, it’s remained in its own genus since it is so bizarre!
10. Spider-Tailed Viper
Biologist Steven Anderson first noticed the spider-tailed viper in 1970 while examining a specimen at the Field Museum in Chicago. It was labeled as a Middle Eastern snake species called the Persian horned viper. But this one had what he described as an “oval knob-like structure” with leg-like scales protruding from it. It looked like an arachnid!
9. Flying Snake
There are five flying snake species throughout the jungles of South and Southeast Asia, from western India to Indonesia. Scientists know relatively little about these creatures and their odd airborne activities, but they’ve established a few solid facts.
8. Elephant Trunk Snake
One of the weirdest-looking serpentine species is the elephant trunk snake, which is named after its loose, baggy skin that looks much too big for its body. It’s an aquatic species that inhabits warm fresh- and brackish waters in various Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
7. Horned Viper
The horned viper is a nocturnal ambush predator that dwells in semi-arid environments and stony desert landscapes throughout North Africa and parts of the Middle East, at altitudes of up to 4,900 feet (1,500 meters). As its name implies, its head is equipped with two distinct horns, which sit above its eyes.
6. Tentacled Snake
The tentacled snake is an aquatic brackish and freshwater species named after the knobby appendages on its face. It’s the only snake in the world with this unique feature. This peculiar serpent dwells in murky, shallow waters among lakes, streams, and rice paddies in parts of Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. It uses its tentacles, which are loaded with nerve cells, for detecting prey in the muddy water.
5. Hairy Bush Viper
Also called the spiny bush viper and the rough-scaled bush viper, the hairy bush viper is native to tropical regions of central Africa. This small, venomous species is quite 0bviously named after its distinctive, keeled scales and spends much of its time in trees.
4. Worm Snake
The worm snake is a tiny, pinkish-brownish specimen that resembles what it sounds like. There are two subspecies in North America: the eastern worm snake, which lives in the eastern U.S. south of New England, and the similar western worm snake, which resides west of the Mississippi.
3. Long-Nosed Vine Snake
This remarkable species is found in Southeast Asia, particularly in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Also known as the Asian green vine snake and the long-nosed whip snake, this slender, yellow-ish tree-dwelling predator grows up to five feet (1.52 meters) long. Pretty big!
2. Tiger Keelback
There are a handful of snake species throughout the world that can store toxins acquired from their food supply, and Japan’s tiger keelback is one of them. It’s equipped with specialized organs on the back of its neck called nuchal glands, where it stockpiles the toxins of the poisonous toads it feasts upon.
1. Barbados Threadsnake
At a mere four inches (10.2 cm) long and with the thickness of a spaghetti strand, the Barbados threadsnake is the world’s smallest snake species. It’s so tiny, it can comfortably curl up on top of a U.S. quarter. The snake’s miniature size can be attributed to an extreme version of a condition called island dwarfism, which is when a species evolves to have reduced bodily proportions as a result of being genetically isolated to a small environment.
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