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That’s right! 16th July is World Snake Day! Why or how we’re not really sure, but we’re going to enjoy it whilst it’s here!
So what happens on World Snake Day? As you would expect, there is lots of conservation awareness around on the day, highlighting particular species that really require the hobby’s attention. It’s a great way to really highlight snakes in our world, from enormous Pythons to tiny live worm-like species. Snakes is such a broad family, but they’re often lumped together, and usually misunderstood. Did you know that there are snakes on every continent in the World, except Antarctica? That’s impressive.
Snakes are often seen from afar as scary, slimy, venomous beasties that should be avoided, which is not the case at all. Though most snakes will often avoid human contact if possible, they aren’t scary, and are usually a lot more scared of you than you are of them. Their smooth scales may look slimy, but in fact they’re a good hard shell encasing their body, which although smooth, doesn’t have any slime to it at all. It’s their intensive muscles structure that allows them to glide so perfectly, pure evolutionary genius.
Snakes come in such a huge variety, from enormous 30ft+ Pythons which lay eggs and hide out in hot humid rainforests, through to 2ft sand boas, which hide underground mostly and give birth to live snakes. There are over 3,000 different species of snakes in the world, and that doesn’t account for colour variations as well, known as morphs. There are 3 species of snake native to the UK, including Grass Snakes, Adders, and Smooth Snakes, which are very rare and only live in Southern England.
What about those teeth though? Very few snakes are venomous (no snakes are poisonous!), around a quarter of species only, and they would all rather avoid humans if they could. The main impact on snake’s habitats is humans, and us learning, and therefore teaching others, about snakes and how little there is to fear them, the more we can help these amazing creatures.
What can you do to help on World Snake Day? Teach others. Tell people how great snakes are, how much interaction you can get from them, how much you enjoy your pet. Big snakes, little snakes – we want you to tell everyone all about them!
For us to celebrate World Snake Day, we want to celebrate your snakes. We’ll be running photo competitions throughout the weekend of 16th July, and also have great deals available on our snake kits! We can’t wait to share with you some of our favourite species, so check our FaceBook, Instagram and Twitters accounts to get involved and have the chance of winning goodies for your snakey side-kicks.