• Question: do u like snakes?????

    Asked by imasnake123 to Cassie, Greg, Karen, Sofia, Tommy on 18 Nov 2013. This question was also asked by iliketrains69.
    • Photo: Karen Bacon

      Karen Bacon answered on 18 Nov 2013:

      Ha – unfortunately I have to say no to this question. I’ve never liked snakes! They are pretty much the only animal that I don’t particularly like 🙁 They are really interesting and incredibly important parts of lots of ecosystems, but not one of my favourite creatures.

    • Photo: Cassandra Raby

      Cassandra Raby answered on 18 Nov 2013:

      Yeah! I do!
      The only thing is I have to be careful about the ones living in Namibia! They can kill me… there are Black mambas, Puff adders, Cobras etc… eeek!

      And in my picture I’m holding a slow worm – which is not a snake, but a legless lizard!

    • Photo: Sofia Franco

      Sofia Franco answered on 18 Nov 2013:

      Yes, yes, yes! They can be quite spooky at times, but i think is incredible how fast they can move without having any limbs! Have you seen those clips about snakes disapering in the sands? They are super fast! And also love the fact that they shed their skin and it looks like another snake 😉 use to stare at them in zoos and the fascinated by the old skin!

    • Photo: Thomas Doherty-Bone

      Thomas Doherty-Bone answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      Snakes are my all time favourite animal.

      I remember seeing them in the zoo aged 3. I got my first pet snake when I was 7. I still keep snakes. I was deeply frustrated, and still am today at how urbanization and agriculture practically pushes them out and away from us here in Britain. I have taken part in many projects on snakes, notably conservation, ecology or systematic biology.

      There are about 3000 species of snake worldwide. The are pretty much exclusively predators, and can form the apexes of food webs, particularly on tropical islands. One interesting sea snake however does behave like a grazer, though it still eats fish eggs, its behaviour and head morphology are like a grazer.

      While many contribute to dangerous snake bites or crushing, most are harmless. Snakes regulate populations of rodents that can spread disease. Venom of certain species is also being used to design drugs or other useful chemicals.

      Pythons and boas are my favourites.