Parrot Snake

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The parrot snake is long and slender with a distinctive lime green color. Native to South America, this snake is arboreal and spends most of its days in the trees looking for prey such as frogs, grasshoppers and birds. It can be very aggressive and will display dummy strikes if threatened to ward off predators. Though the parrot snake is not venomous, it has up to 36 teeth that can inflict a painful bite.

Eastern Indigo Snake

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This marvelous blue-black snake is the longest non-venomous snake found in the United States, reaching lengths of up to nine feet. There may be a slight red or cream-colored area on the chin or cheeks.  It hunts for small mammals, birds, frogs, fish, and even other snakes during the day.

Florida Pine Snake

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The Florida pine snake burrows in sandy soils of pine woodlands and scrubland in the Southeastern United States. It primarily preys on pocket gophers, but also eats other small mammals, lizards, and eggs. Though non-venomous, it will inflate its body, rattle its tail and hiss loudly when threatened.

Thai Red Mountain Rat Snake

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The Thai red mountain rat snake spends most of its time burrowed beneath logs, rocks, and plants. In early evening and early morning, it comes out of hiding to hunt for small animals. To survive the cooler winter months, mountain rat snakes go into a hibernation-like state called brumation.

Black Milk Snake

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A type of king snake, the non-venomous milk snake is known to prey on other snakes, including venomous species. In actuality, it eats pretty much anything it can catch. It does not, however, drink cow’s milk, as people once believed since they often spotted the snakes in barns.

Puff Adder

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The most common and widespread venomous snake in Africa, the puff adder is responsible for the majority of snake bites on the continent. Sitting motionless and camouflaged on the ground, the puff adder is often not seen until stepped on. Inch-long fangs deliver enough venom to kill a man with a single bite.

Boa Constrictor

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Thanks to the coloration and pattern of its body, the boa constrictor is barely distinguishable from the forest floor.  Here it sits and waits for the opportunity to ambush unsuspecting prey. Striking and seizing prey in its jaws, the boa then quickly wraps its body around its prey to suffocate it and then swallows it whole.

Rainbow Boa

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Though it will climb trees to escape danger, the rainbow boa spends most of its time on the ground.  Slinking about at night, its heat-sensing pits enable it to locate warm-blooded prey through temperature differentiation.  The boa subdues its prey through suffocation, constricting it with its body, and then swallows it whole.

California King Snake

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King snakes are considered the king of snakes for their habit of eating other snakes, including rattlesnakes.  Rattlesnake venom has little effect on them.  The California king snake is primarily active during the day, yet will switch to night hunting as temperatures rise.

Green Tree Python

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The most arboreal of the pythons, the green tree python rests in a coil on a tree branch with its head hanging down, ready to strike at prey. It may also attract prey by imitating a worm as it wiggles the tip of its tail. The python has especially long front teeth to catch and grasp prey. After constricting its prey, the python swallows it whole.