Baby snakes are born independent and fend for themselves right from making their way out of the egg. Baby snakes are difficult to spot and this is what makes them highly dangerous. They can sometimes be mistaken for a less harmful animal. Nevertheless, baby snakes are just a venomous as their parent. Here are some more facts about baby snakes.
Do all snakes lay eggs?
Snakes can lay up to 100 eggs at once. Some species lay only up to 25 eggs. Some species also give live birth to offsprings instead of laying eggs. About 70% of the snake species lay eggs, while the rest 30% give live birth.
Examples of species that give live birth include rattlesnake, boa and garter.
Baby Snake Size
The size of a baby snake can vary from 3 inches (7 cm) to 17 inches (43 cm).
Baby snakes are usually born during the spring season. Because the snakes hibernate during winters since they are cold-blooded creatures and cannot function without outside warmth.
Baby Snake Diet and Growth
Baby snakes grow very quickly to reach the Youth age, but their growth slows down after that.
Because the baby snakes grow quickly, they shed and change their skin more often than adult snakes.
For the same reason, the baby snakes need to feed more frequently than adults to provide for the growing body.
Most snakes reproduce by laying eggs, but there are several types of snakes that are known to give birth, among them are striped snakes, shoot snakes and sea carcasses.
Baby Snake Abilities
Female snakes do not tend to the eggs, except protecting them. The baby snake makes effort to come out of the egg on its own. They use the special “egg tooth” to cut through the membrane.
The baby snakes shed the egg tooth once they become mature.
All snakes are born into swimmers. They swim by moving the body like a wave, which starts from the head and goes down to the tail.
Baby snakes look similar to the adult snake except for the obvious small size and also they egg tooth.
Baby snakes have to fend for themselves and also feed themselves on their own. The parent snake usually makes no effort to feed the baby. Only in a few rare species, the baby snake is protected by the mother.
Baby snakes can be as deadly as adult snakes.
Snakes have eyelids and sleep with their eyes open.