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There are many different species of animals roaming the earth these days Some live on land and some live in bodies of water such a oceans or seas They all look different and behave in different and unusual ways Some use legs to move and other use fins however there are also species which nature didnt give the gift of these body parts These animals are called snakes and today we will be looking at these extraordinary animals especially the ones located near our homes right here in North AmericaSnakes belong to a group of animals known as reptiles They are classified among other creatures such as lizards turtles and crocodilians The ancestors of our modern snakes and lizards appeared along with the first dinosaurs during the late Triassic period almost 200 million years ago Fossils of those animals are rare however because of their soft and fragile bones which decomposed after they died All snakes have a backbone but lack limbs eyelids and external ear openings In addition snakes have specialized row of scales along the underside of their bodies whereas other reptiles have numerous rows Finally snakes have unique skulls The bones of their upper jaws are not united at the snout but are free to move away from one another allowing the passage of larger prey items then would be otherwise possible The snakes are the only known animal that can do thatSnakes have many enemies and they have several means of preventing themselves from being killed or eaten The most effective and common method is to avoid detection Many are well camouflaged so that they blend into their natural surroundings Others have very intricate markings consisting of blotches bands or stripes and are intended to confuse predators by disguising the outline of the snake Yet other species are brightly colored When the snake moves and the bands flicker quickly past the predator may be confused as to which direction the snake
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