Appearing everywhere from ancient mythologies to modern dream theories, snakes have captured the imagination of humanity for centuries. While snakes are shrouded in mystery, it’s still important to separate fact from fiction, and there are many misconceptions about snakes that exist to this day. Here are a few common myths about snakes that you may be interested in exploring.
Snakes are Slimy
Most likely because of their limber, almost fluid-like ways of traveling, many people assume that snakes are slimy and greasy. They’re actually dry and a little soft.
Snakes are Deaf
They may not have eardrums, but snakes do have inner ears that can detect vibrations from the ground and low frequency airborne sounds. They are, however, unable to detect sounds of a higher frequency.
A Decapitated Snake Will Live Till Sundown
It’s grotesque, but both the head and the body of a snake can survive for a short period of time after separation before rigor mortis sets it. However, the time of the day does not affect this process in the slightest.
Snakes go Blind During the Summer
This myth comes from the fact that snakes have ocular scales on their eyes which they shed, like the rest of their scales, during the summer. When they shed their ocular scales their eyesight definitely suffers, but they do not go blind and their eyesight returns to normal shortly after.
Snakes are Aggressive towards Humans
Many species of snake can give a seriously dangerous dose of venom with their bites, and they should always be treated with caution. However, snakes have no ill-will towards humans and will not actively hunt us down.
Pythons and Boa Constrictors Kill Their Prey Through Strangulation
This myth is one of the most widely believed of all snake myths. It’s easy to assume that snake species like pythons and boa constrictors are strangling their prey when they wrap their bodies around them and squeeze. Actually, they are killing them by cutting off their blood circulation.
Snakes Only Bite From a Coiled Position
Snakes often coil up when at rest, making it harder for predators to grab them and easier for them to strike, though snakes can attack from almost any position.
Snakes both fascinate the mind and strike terror in the soul. They are ominous and mesmerizing, but still understandable and rooted in science, and the more you know about snakes, the more intriguing they become. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.