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Q: Snakes in their own environment ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Snakes in their own environment
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: spotter-ga
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Posted: 02 Dec 2005 07:54 PST
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Question ID: 600522
Subject: Re: Snakes in their own environment
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 02 Dec 2005 09:36 PST
Hi spotter,

Thank you for your question.   The answer is no.  Only in the movies
and in video games!  :)  However, in real life they do regenerate
their skin and can regenerate a fang or the tines (fork) of their

Question - Can snakes regrow tails if they are cut in half?


Snakes are generally unable to regenerate the tail end of their vetebrae.
They are too specialized like most mammals to regrow tails.  However, there
are some legless lizards that can; these lizzards would appear to be snakes
to the casual observer, but they are not.  You may wish to look up legless
lizzards for more details.


"Rattlesnakes' favorite food is ground squirrels, but any small animal
is fair game.  Like all snakes, they swallow their prey whole and can
eat only anything small enough to fit through their gaping jaws. 
Sometimes a fang breaks off when they strike their prey.  No matter,
they can regenerate a new fang in as little as two hours!"


Q. What is a "Glass Snake"?

A. It is really a Glass Lizard. It is a legless form of lizard with a
long, breakable tail which will regenerate


"Faster and more wary then other gartersnakes, ribbon snakes are
rarely captured because they easily slip through dense vegetation.
Potential predators include fish, milksnakes, mink, weasels, and
raptors. The tail breaks easily if grasped, distracting the predator
long enough for the snake to escape. Unlike lizards however, snakes do
not regenerate this lost piece of tail."


"Regeneration. The snake can regenerate the tines of its tongue (Crowe, 1997)."


keyword search

snake regenerate severed
snake cut in half grow back
snake grow back body part


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