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Ssssssnakes of Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast)

Being raised and living in England for more years than I care for Snakes were never in my thoughts (probably because I never actually saw one !) Apparently Snakes in the UK are pretty harmless..BUT.. here in Australia there are plenty and some are VERY venomous ! Whilst travelling around the great country we have encountered a few snakes ( at a good distance I might add !! ) There are lots of Snakes,different species found in different states and weather conditions

 

 

 

All snakes shown are NOT venomous.Some are Extremely venomous and should at all times be avoided and contact the local council and make them aware 

Taken from Wikepedia >>>

Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes’ paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca.

Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and on most smaller land masses — exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland and New Zealand, and many small islands of the Atlantic and central Pacific.More than 20 families are currently recognized, comprising about 500 genera and about 3,400 species. They range in size from the tiny, 10 cm-long thread snake to the Reticulated Python of up to 8.7 meters (29 ft) in length.The fossil species Titanoboa cerrejonensis was 15 meters (49 ft) long. Snakes are thought to have evolved from either burrowing or aquatic lizards during the mid-Cretaceous period, and the earliest known fossils date to around 112 Maago. The diversity of modern snakes appeared during the Paleocene period (c 66 to 56 Ma ago). The oldest preserved descriptions of snakes can be found in the Brooklyn Papyrus.Most species are nonvenomous and those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense. Some possess venom potent enough to cause painful injury or death to humans. Nonvenomous snakes either swallow prey alive or kill by constriction.

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September 2, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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