What is snake?

  • (verb): Form a snake-like pattern.
    Example: "The river snakes through the valley"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Snakes are elongate, 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 many 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.

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Some articles on snake:

Hydrophis Belcheri - Taxonomic History
... It is also referred to as Belcher's ocean snake ... The Belcher's sea snake has been mistakenly called the "hook-nosed sea snake" (which is actually Enhydrina schistosa) and in one instance was called the "blue-banded sea ...
Homalopsis Buccata
... Puff-faced Water Snake or Masked Water Snake (Homalopsis buccata) is a species of snake found in Asia ...
Hydrophis Cyanocinctus
... Hydrophis cyanocinctus, commonly called the annulated sea snake or the blue-banded sea snake, is a species of venomous sea snake in the family Elapidae ...
Hydrophis Belcheri
... Hydrophis belcheri, commonly known as the faint-banded sea snake or Belcher's sea snake, is a venomous species of elapid sea snake ... nets, although only a quarter of those bitten are envenomated since the snake rarely injects much of its venom ...
Snake - Interactions With Humans - Religion
... Snakes are a part of Hindu worship ... Most images of Lord Shiva depict snake around his neck ... Puranas have various stories associated with snakes ...

More definitions of "snake":

  • (noun): A tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
    Synonyms: Snake River
  • (verb): Move smoothly and sinuously, like a snake.
  • (noun): A long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer.
    Synonyms: Hydra
  • (noun): Limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous.
    Synonyms: serpent, ophidian
  • (verb): Move along a winding path.
    Example: "The army snaked through the jungle"
  • (noun): Something resembling a snake.

Famous quotes containing the word snake:

    The Gospel of the army is cunning, as of all other human activities. The wisdom of the snake under the meekness of the sheep is what wins out.
    The first Commandment is—never let them get anything on you—
    The second: Graft—get privileges others haven’t got—worm yourself into confidence
    The Third—seem neat and prosperous—as if you had money in the bank—
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    Even in a bamboo tube, a snake still wants to wiggle.
    Chinese proverb.

    If this creature is a murderer, then so are we all. This snake has killed one British soldier; we have killed many. This is not murder, gentlemen. This is war.
    —Administration in the State of Sout, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)