NATIONAL SERPENT DAY
Across religions and cultures, the serpent has been used as a symbol of evil, medicine, fertility and much more. Recognizing serpents and snakes alike, February 1st observes National Serpent Day.
Around the world, there are over 3,000 species of snakes. The world’s smallest snake is the Barbados thread snake. This serpent is smaller than a night crawler at about 4 inches.
In comparison, the longest snake is the reticulated python and the heaviest is the green anaconda.
- Only 1/8 of the known species are venomous.
- Their upper and lower jaw separate to allow snakes to consume prey up to three times larger than the diameter of their head.
- Snakes eat their prey whole.
- Most snakes are nocturnal.
- Their tongue is used to smell their air.
- Snakes are cold-blooded, or ectotherms, and must sun themselves to regulate their body temperatures.
- While most snakes lay eggs, some give live birth.
- From anti-tumor treatments to antibacterial properties, snake venom has been studied for medical purposes for many years.
HOW TO CELEBRATE
Do some research on snakes or go to a zoo to see some in person. Use #NationalSerpentDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom pages for activities surrounding National Serpent Day.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Serpent Day.
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