NATIONAL SERPENT DAY
On February 1st, National Serpent Day gives snakes and serpents alike their slithering due. Across religions and cultures, the serpent has been used as a symbol of evil, medicine, fertility and much more.
Over 3,000 species of snakes populate the Earth. The world’s smallest snake is the Barbados thread snake. This serpent is smaller than a nightcrawler 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.
- While many snakes may be small, their upper and lower jaws separate. This ability allows snakes to consume prey up to three times larger than the diameter of their head.
- Snakes eat their prey whole.
- Most snakes are nocturnal.
- As creepy as their flicking tongue seems, they use it to smell the 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 #NATIONALSERPENTDAY
Do some research on snakes or go to a zoo to see some in person. You could also read up on snakes, watch a documentary or movie featuring snakes. Use #NationalSerpentDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom pages for activities surrounding National Serpent Day.
NATIONAL SERPENT DAY HISTORY
While the creator of this day has slithered away, we continue seeking the origins of this fascinating holiday.
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