Snakes lost their limbs and slithered onto the scene over 100 million years ago in order to, as some researchers theorize, maneuver through the underground more readily. They differentiate from lizards in that they do not have eye-lids or external ears. Snakes are extremely well adapted to the absence of appendages and have more bones than any other animal on Earth. The skull is not fused like our skulls, and can separate in order to ingest large food items. Aug 17
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Snake skeleton [more bones than any other animal!]
A snake skeleton consists primarily of the skull, vertebrae, and ribs, with only vestigial remnants of the limbs. Skull The skull of a snake is a very complex structure, with numerous joints to allow the snake to swallow prey far larger than its head. The typical snake skull has a solidly ossified braincase, with the separate frontal bones and the united parietal bones extending downward to the basisphenoid, which is large and extends forward into a rostrum extending to the ethmoidal region. The nose is less ossified, and the paired nasal bones are often attached only at their base.
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Spiny, Venomous New Sea Snake Discovered
Though some other sea snakes have spiky scales on their bellies, "no other [known] sea snake has this curious feature," study leader Kanishka Ukuwela , an ecologist at the University of Adelaide, said by email. Normally snakes have smooth scales, but each of the newly named scales has a spiny projection, he said. Scientists cruising shallow seagrass beds in the Gulf of Carpentaria (map) recently captured nine of the rough-scaled reptiles . "The minute the first one landed on the deck, I knew we had something special," study co-author Bryan Fry of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, said by email. "It was quite unlike any of the sea snakes I have seen." Each of the specimens was found on the rocky seafloor, a habitat that could explain the new species' uniquely strong scales, Fry noted.
View Photo Gallery As predators, snakes are missing a few key attributes. They have no legs to chase down their prey, no paws to knock down quarry, and no claws to hold their victims. But none of these deficiencies matters much, because evolution has handed snakes the ultimate weapon: venom. With it, the several hundred types of venomous snakes can kill or debilitate before their victims escape. Their venom has given snakes the ability to be small yet effective hunters, and they have spread to fill every ecological niche—as long as the environment is warm enough for them to stay in motion.
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