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10 Unusual and Amazing Snakes

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There are about 3,000 species of snakes in the world; since their appearance during the age of dinosaurs they have adapted to many different lifestyles and evolved into many different and often bizarre appearances. I give you ten of the most amazing and unusual snakes in the world.

10

Elephant trunk snake

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This weird snake is found mostly in Indonesia, although some close relatives are also found in Australia. It gets its name from its unusual skin, which is wrinkled and baggy, and gives the impression of being several sizes too large for the snake. The scales are also unusual; they are large and knobby, hence the snake’s alternate common name, ”warty snake”. They can grow up to 2.5 meters long. Elephant trunk snakes are completely aquatic, and are practically helpless on land; they can’t slither because they lack the broad scales in the belly that are common to most snakes, and an important aid when moving on land. Elephant trunk snakes feed on fish, including catfish and eels; they lack venom, so they use constriction to kill prey; their big knobby scales are an adaptation to hold slippery fish and constrict them underwater.

9

Tentacled snake

Another aquatic snake from southeastern Asia, this is a quite unique species, the last surviving member of its genus. Its most notable feature are the strange fleshy tentacles on its snout. These tentacles are actually highly sensitive mechanosensors, which allow the snake to detect movement in the water and strike at any unfortunate fish that swims nearby. Another interesting trait is the tentacled snake’s incredible attack speed; it takes only 15 milliseconds for the snake to capture its prey. But fish have incredible reflexes and a fast strike is not enough sometimes, so the tentacled snake uses a clever trick to make fish swim towards danger. When the fish approaches, the snake slightly ripples its body towards it. The fish immediately darts in the opposite direction… but this is what the tentacled snake expected, so it angles its head so that the fish swims directly into its waiting jaws. Of all snakes, this is the only one known to anticipate the reaction of its prey and act accordingly. Although the tentacled snake is venomous, it poses no threat to humans. It is rather small, at only 90 cms long. Just like the Elephant trunk snake, it is fully aquatic and can barely move on land. Above you can see the videos (including slow motion) of tentacled snakes tricking and feeding on small fish.


8

Long nosed vine snake

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Once again native to southeastern Asia, the long nosed vine snake is a highly advanced arboreal predator; unlike other snakes, it has excellent binocular vision, which allows it to strike at prey with great accuracy. Its eyes are also unusual in having horizontal, keyhole-shaped pupils. Its vine-like body hides the snake from both predators and prey (even the tongue is bright green!) and its light weight allows it to move quickly through the foliage and even reach from one branch to another with half of its body on the air! They feed mostly on lizards and frogs, and although they are venomous, they pose no serious threat to humans; pain and swelling are usually the only symptoms after being bitten by a vine snake, and the symptoms disappear within a few days.

7

Langaha nasuta

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This is easily one of the weirdest reptiles in the world. Just like the Asian vine snake, the Langaha snake (also known as the leaf-nosed snake) is adapted to an arboreal lifestyle and feeds mostly on lizards. Its most interesting trait is, of course, the weird ”horn” or projection on its snout. Both genders have this weird ornament, but males and females look very different from each other; males are yellowish and have smooth skin and a sharp, pointed ”horn”, while females have rough-looking brown scales and a flat, leaf-shaped and serrated horn. This is one of the few cases in which a snake’s gender can be determined easily at first sight. Langaha nasuta snakes are found only in Madagascar’s endangered rain forests. It is venomous and its bite can be extremely painful to humans but not life-threatening.

6

Atheris hispida

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Found in the rain forests of Central Africa, this small but highly venomous viper is noted for its huge eyes and keeled, bristle-like scales which give it an almost feathered appearance (hence one of its common names, ”feathered tree viper”). Atheris vipers grow up to 75 cms long, with males being longer than females (unusual among snakes). Like all vipers, Atheris has long, retractable fangs in the front of its upper jaw; there is no known antidote to its venom, which causes blood clotting difficulties, pain and swelling, and often, death. Fortunately, these vipers usually live far away from human settlements, and therefore Atheris bites are exceedingly rare.

5

Horned viper

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Found in the deserts of Northern Africa and the Middle East, horned vipers are small, usually under 50 cms long. They often have a pair of horns over the eyes, but there are also some individuals that lack them completely, and, therefore, can be easily mistaken for other vipers. They are venomous, but their bite is usually non fatal to humans. When threatened they rub their coils together to produce a warning sound before they strike. The horned viper was formally named ”Cerastes cerastes” in 1768, by Austrian naturalist Nicolaus Laurenti. Cerastes was a mythical Greek monster, a serpent that hid under the sand in the desert and ambushed any passing creature, using its horns as a lure. Ironically, the horned viper itself may have been the real life inspiration for the mythical Cerastes! Indeed, the horned viper hunts by hiding under the sand (leaving only its horns, eyes and nose exposed) and striking at any small animal (mostly rodents and lizards) that comes close. Ancient observers may have exaggerated the snake’s size and dangerousness, giving origin to the Cerastes myth, which Laurenti remembered when naming the horned viper centuries later. The horned viper’s horns, however, are not used as a lure; to date, no one really knows what the horns are used for, or why some horned vipers have them and some don’t.


4

Burrowing asp

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I already introduced this snake in the Sabertoothed Creature list. However, no list on Unusual Snakes would be complete without this one. The Burrowing Asp is a smallish snake from Africa that spends most of its time underground. It feeds on rodents, and has enlarged fangs that function basically as venomous saberteeth, protruding out of the mouth when in use. This means that the Burrowing asp can bite without even opening its mouth- which is very useful, since it prevents dirt from entering the snake’s mouth during the struggle. The fangs are also flexible and can be moved independently from each other, meaning that the snake can stab its prey sideways with one fang, and once it has killed its victim, it can use the movable fangs to actively manipulate the prey’s body for easier swallowing. Burrowing asps are venomous and there are cases of children dying after a bite; however, in adult humans the venom is usually not lethal. However, due to the cardiotoxic and necrotic properties of the snake’s venom, and its ability to inject it deeper than other snakes (due to the long “saberteeth”), harassing or manipulating a Burrowing asp should always be avoided.

3

Tiger keelback

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Also known as yamakagashi, or Japanese water snake, this species is found mostly in Eastern Asia. It is small, rarely exceeding one meter in length, and very shy, so much in fact that they were considered to be harmless for a long time, until someone died of a yamakagashi bite in the 80s. Fortunately, due to their docile temperament, these snakes are very unlikely to bite and fatalities remain exceedingly uncommon. Also, since their venomous fangs are located in the rear of the jaws, they can’t inject their venom as easily as other snakes. They feed mostly on frogs and toads. Other than their bright colors, Tiger Keelbacks look kind of normal; however, they have a very interesting defense mechanism. Recently, it was discovered that these snakes feed on poisonous toads; not only are they immune to the toad’s poison, but they can actually ”sequester” this poison and store it in a couple glands they have in the neck. When threatened, the snake releases the toad’s poison from its neck glands. This amazing adaptation not only protects the snake from most predators, but also allows it to save its own venom for hunting instead of wasting it on something too big to eat!


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Flying snake

Flying snakes are found in the rainforests of India and southeastern Asia, and, despite their rather alarming name, they can’t actually fly. They are, however, accomplished gliders. When a Flying Snake wants to go from one tree to another, it launches itself into the air while flaring out its ribs and sucking in its stomach, thus flattening and widening its body and turning into a pseudo-concave wing. As amazing as it may sound, Flying Snakes are even better gliders than flying squirrels. While squirrels can glide up to 60 meters from one tree to another, Flying Snakes can glide up to 100 meters or more, and they actually ”slither” in mid air, which gives them better stability and some degree of control over their ”flight”. Flying snakes are venomous, but not dangerous to humans. They feed mostly on lizards and other small animals, and spend most of their time up trees.

1

Sea snake

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Sea snakes are easily the most unusual of all snakes. They belong to the same family as cobras and coral snakes (Elapidae), but they have adapted to a completely marine lifestyle; in some species, the adaptations are simply incredible. There are 62 species recognized to date, and they are found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans; they are all extremely venomous, with some species, such as the Beaked Sea Snake, having venom up to ten times more powerful than a cobra’s. One sea snake species, the Belcher’s sea snake, is considered by experts to be the most toxic of all snakes, marine or otherwise. Fortunately, sea snakes are usually docile and human fatalities are exceedingly rare. Most sea snakes give birth to live young; this means that they don’t have to return to a beach to lay eggs as sea turtles do (except for a few species). As a result, they have practically lost the broad scales on their belly, which other snakes use to move on land, and most sea snakes are completely helpless out of the water. Some species are indeed so well adapted to the sea, that they can even absorb oxygen directly from the water, through their skin! They also have special glands on their tongue, which expel the excess of salt from the snake’s organism every time it flicks its tongue.

There’s more. Since sea snakes use their venom for hunting, they don’t want to waste it biting predators, and so they have developed some amazing defensive methods. One sea snake species known as the Yellow Lipped Sea Krait has a yellow body, a black head and a rounded, black tail that looks just like the head. The snake hunts by probing crevices and burrows in coral reefs with its head, which means it can’t see predators coming while doing so; however, since the tail looks so much like the head of the snake, potential predators such as sharks are fooled into believing that the snake is alert and ready to strike, and usually leave it alone. But perhaps the most amazing sea snake is the Golden Sea Snake. This species has photoreceptors on its tail, allowing it to detect light variations and possibly detect approaching predators while feeding as previously described. That’s right; to some degree, the Golden Sea Snake can see with its tail! Where will evolution take Sea Snakes next? We still have a lot to learn about them, but even what we know is enough to earn them the first spot in this list.



  • tanman

    awsome list!

  • Hanzo

    Why oh why did I click on this! Well, I'm off to having some nightmares, g'nite!

    • fairtwiggy1

      I know I'm terrified of snakes. Gives me the heebie jeebies. Great list though I've never heard of any of these.

    • opeth

      wherever you go you are guaranteed to come across pseudo-complaining and cliche comments like this one here. man this is annoying. it`s "eye-bleach" thing on the fail blog and "278 people are justin Bieber fans" on youtube. dont y`all see how old and stupid this is? this got old right after the first person ever said this. stop regurgitating this shit back and forth.

      • fairtwiggy1

        Oh someone obviously peed in your cheerios this morning

        • adkf

          this whole thing is booring and gay

          • fairtwiggy1

            Oh my not you too tsk tsk let's refrain from eating cheerios until we find out who's doing this

    • re dun dan cy

      dont forget "my ears are bleeding" .redundant and unoriginal.

  • Kimani

    Very nice list, if it wasn't for the fact that i now have to change my trousers, I'd give it 10/10.

  • fairtwiggy

    Flying snakes now that is just scary. I would have a heart attack.

    • cqsteve

      Yes, I'd have to say I think I'd crap myself if I looked up and saw a snake flying overhead. I would not be brave.

    • oliveralbq

      @fairtwiggy1: "Flying snakes now that is just scary. I would have a heart attack."
      @cqsteve " I'd crap myself if I looked up and saw a snake flying overhead."

      nooooo shit…..
      note to self: stay out of rainforests in india

    • weidermeijer

      Great. Flying Snakes. That's all we need.

      Next we'll have flying sharks.

      • Jay

        Great White Sharks can leap up to 15 feet above the water.

        • Brian

          We are screwed.

        • oliveralbq

          sharks?
          meh……when they start jumping out of trees, e-mail me.

          • dsad

            white sturgeon
            knocking people outta boat since they started jumping like dumbass

  • undaunted warrior 1

    Fantastic list as always TyB – had a brief look at the photos will read the list when I get home tonight 10 am here and at work.

  • Anthony Lara

    Great List!

  • bluesman87

    great list , serpents kick ass. a fair few snakes that Ive never heard of . I found a 12cm baby snake under a rock once it looked a lot like no. 4 but when i picked it it just wiggled like a break dancer having a seizure it never tried bite though. Wish i knew what it was .

    4 + 5 are the most Metal snakes ever. In my southern African snake field guide it says horned vipers are also found in Souther Africa , not just northern , but Ive never seen one or heard of anyone who has seen one. Me thinks they are quiet rare .or my book is full of shit .

    • TyB

      Your book is probably refering to some other viper species. There are several vipers with horns, but usually not as large as those of Cerastes.

  • cqsteve

    As a kid I was told (by older kids of course) about the "hoop snake". You know, the snake that chases you by putting its tail in its mouth and then rolling along the ground like a hoop; apparently if it was chasing you down a hill, you had no chance of escape. Honestly, the story scared the shit out of me until I was about 10. But it didn't stop me from perpetuating the myth with younger kids. Another good list TyB.

    • Jay

      Yeah, when I got older they told me the hoop snake lives on a diet of snipes.

      • cqsteve

        Ha!

  • Amrendra

    Amazing list…very informatvie. India has 270 different types of snakes due to varid condtions ranging from temperate forests, tropical forests, dry lands, deserts, mountains etc out of which 60 species are venomous. No doubt that India has the maximum amount of snake bitten fatalities in the world.

    • bluesman87

      not sure if you would know , but i heard of a indian snake that has its venom glands on its lower fangs , and when it buries itself under the sand only its fangs stick out and when you step on it you think its a thorn then you only take a few more steps before collapsing from the venom . Is this true ? called a ten step snake or something , maybe its just an urban legend.

      • Amrendra

        @ Bluesman87

        I did quiet some personal study on snakes as I live in forested area with a rich variety of snakes. But I have personally not come across any news about this snake whose fangs can be mistaken for a thorn. But I have read a very intresting story on the so called Two Step or 100 step snakes. You might be intrested to read it too.
        FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
        There are many snakes that are known as the Two Step snake, other common names are the 50 pacer,100 pacer etc. These names all derived in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Conflict. Probably what happened is the military released information to all the young men fighting the Conflict that there was a snake in that area that if a person was bitten by it they would walk two steps and then collapse and die. The reason behind all that was just to get all the fighting men to leave ALL the snakes in the region alone. It so happens that most of the snakes refered to as Two Steppers were different species of Tree vipers that rarely if ever cause a human fatality. They just happened to be the snakes that were seen most frequently.

        • Amrendra

          Part two of the reference.

          There are also other TRUE vipers in the area that were referred to as the Two Steppers. There is no known snake that can kill a person in that short of time. The way snake venoms in general work is there is many different proteins and enzymes that work both individually and together to cause certain effects on a living creature. All of this takes at least some time, to cause a fatal effect. The fastest snakebite fatality that I have ever reliably heard of is from the Black Mamba from central and southern Africa which took 2.5 minutes, and obviously this was a direct hit to an artery or major vein and the venom went straight to the heart, lungs and nervous system. There are so many variables to snakebite that will effect the outcome of a bite. But very loosely and generically speaking most snakebites even from the most toxic snakes in the world will take 15 to 30 minutes before any life threatening symptoms will appear, and then even many hours or days later if treatment isn't received will death result.

          Hope this was as informative to you as it was to me. Let me know incase you find more information on the snake you describe.

          • bluesman87

            no you confirmed what i suspected. an urban legend . Thanks . Ive heard tons of stories about black mambas from family who grew up on farms . They're most scared of the mamba because of its speed ,aggression , striking distance and the fact that they raise up when chasing you ( they are FAST and as you prob know they are one of the longest venomous snakes ,cept the king cobra maybe , so when they raise up they are nearly eye level and chasing you ,add our long grass and the jaws theme and you got some underwear to wash ).

            I can across what i believed to be a black mamba when i was younger but we kept a far distance and didn't fuck around with it ( it was chilling in the sun) i only guess mamba because of the coffin shaped head . Last year though i actually caught what i thought was a juvenile green mamba (again the head) or a normal size boomslang (the big eye) i didn't screw with it too much i just took pics then moved it away from the pond it was hunting on cause my sleeping bag was only 3 m away .

            Ill never go near a full grown mamba though , thank you for all the info .

        • bluesman87

          thanks for the info.

          • Amrendra

            I recently saw a documentary on NAT GEO about the top 10 deadliest snakes in the world based on their toxicity, personality, size, fang size, number of deaths they caused etc and guess what the Black Mamba was the winner!!! Even the veteran snake researcher who made the programme was damn scared to go near it. Then Russel's Viper was on number two (I accidently stepped on one last year, that was horrendus and scary, we have many of these).

          • Surya

            Australian Inland Taipan should be the deadliest of all snakes if one considers the toxicity of venom.

  • Highroller

    When I was a child my uncle used to show me his one eyed trouser snake. Was a friendly little thing.

    • fairtwiggy1

      Eww

    • joshi

      Did it ever try to spit venom at you?

      • Highroller

        Often mate, he encouraged me to tease it until it did. I was quite the snake charmer.

    • Surya

      One eyed trouser snakes are shape shifters. They grow three fold if teased or caressed.

  • lalabhaiya

    the feathered tree viper, the horned viper looks badass. i for one am very afraid of snakes and so even though i enjoyed the list, i dont want any one of them near me. ever.

    • oliveralbq

      i have never had an aversion to snakes.

      but flying snake and devil snake (no.5) are on the list of things i do not want to run across.

  • awesomeo

    I am so glad I live in Ireland where there is nothing poisonus or scary or anything out to kill me.

    Except murderers.

    • jroache

      I grew up in Newfoundland, it's said when St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, he came to Newfoundland and did the same.

      Great list TyB

  • Will Trame

    There were a lot of ominous looking critters here. Flying snake? Well, I figure you learn something new every day.

  • Geronimo1618

    Fantastic list! I read somewhere that even if you step on a sea snake by mistake, it won't bite you. I wouldn't try to confirm that though.

  • Trevor

    If I am the first one to say trouser snake…. then shame on you all

    • oliveralbq

      @Highroller: "one eyed trouser snake"
      …………one hour later…………….
      @Trevor: "If I am the first one to say trouser snake…. "

      —damn that highroller, and his invisible comments.

  • hybrid

    I reckon #6 should have won. I mean come on, it looks like a pokemon

  • Ninja_Wallaby

    I had always thought the inland taipan was the most venomous (also surprised not to see it mentioned on the list) of all snakes including marine ones. After some reserch I see that there is some debate over it (something about which LD50 rating test should be used). Very good list Tyb. I always enjoy reading yours.

  • Bidzi

    Nice list TyB…
    For Vine snake it is said here in our locality that it bites on the head…. as it resides on the high brunches of tree so when it fall down on human head, it bites…. and that can cause death……. scary…… that's why we consider it a highly poisonous snake…
    anyway nature is always full of surprise…….

  • katecdc

    I was recently told this story and I don't think I'll be forgetting it in a hurry!

    A man who had a pet snake (don't know which one) asked his fiancé to move in with him, which she did. Soon after, his snake (no euphemisms here :p) stopped eating and would get into their bed at night and lay flat in the middle of them. That continued for about 3 weeks, so they took the snake to a few different vets to see if they knew why it had stopped eating. None of them had any idea why, as the snake was in perfect health. One vet commented that he had a friend who was a zoologist who dealt with snakes so he put in a call to him to see if he could shed any light on it. The next day, the vet called and told them to immediately remove the snake from their house.

    Why? The snake had been lying next to her to see if she would fit and it was fasting so it could eat her.

    Now I don't know if that's 100% truth, but regardless I still don't like snakes!

    • whtknt

      Sorry, that one is a popular urban myth. http://snopes.com/critters/snakes/measured.asp

    • Natasha

      Haha that's the worst urban myth I have ever heard. Who in their right mind would believe that?

      • TEX

        A snake that premeditates? uh-uh

  • Jess

    Haha I love snakes I even have my own pet stimsons python called Slithers : ) my fav snake on the list is the horned one :P

  • br0ck

    pretty good list but why nb 4 is unussual

    • oliveralbq

      @br0ck: "pretty good list but why nb 4 is unussual "
      ——–you're joking, right?

      –because it is a sabretoothed snake.
      –because the fangs move independently from each other.
      –manipulates prey with its movable teeth.
      –it has a built-in dirt filter.
      –it lives underground
      –it can bite without opening its mouth.

      what is *not* unusual about it?

      • Highroller

        –it has a built-in dirt filter.
        Dont all snakes have arseholes?

    • fakebrock

      Fuckoff

    • mom424

      because it has giant-ass fangs; fangs that movie independently – did you read the actual words or just look at the pictures? 9_9

      • oliveralbq

        lol.
        spent 11 mintues trying to figure out what the hell an "ass fang" is, giant or otherwise.

        i *gotta* get some sleep

        • mom424

          hahaha – that's why I used the hyphen.

    • fairtwiggy1

      brOck you're listverse's own village idiot.

      • br0ck

        no you just don`t like me for some reason ;(

        • fairtwiggy1

          The only thing I don't like is when you make fun of gay people. Other than that I just like messing with you. Let's kiss and make up. Muaaaaaaaah

        • oliveralbq

          brock, you do make it kinda easy sometimes.

          a lot of people look forward to your comments because it's a crap shoot: is it gonna be good, or something so dumb that all the replies are gonna be great?

          but if you ever try to kiss *me* im gonna kick you in the nuts. :-o

  • vanowensbody

    Great list – well researched and well written.

  • ames801

    Cool list, TyB. I really like snakes (obv the ones that won't kill me). I used to have a ball python named Marilyn and a black pine snake named Marty. That black pine snake was a mean sunovabitch! We eventually let him loose in the woods behind our house. I wonder if he's still around…

    • Lifeschool

      …I hope for your sake he's not!

      • ames801

        You & me both! While I was looking for larger living accommodations for him I kept him in a large tank. It was real nice-he should have thanked me. The only thing is he kept trying to get out and I didn’t have a lock on the tank. So I took my boyfriends toolbox and set it on top-thinking the weight would be enough. Well, oh boy, was I wrong. That little so and so worked all day long to get out. When I got home from work the lid of the tank was lifted ever so slightly and his head was stuck between the tank and the lid. He had a dent in his little head for a while. I tried everything to console him-to no avail. It was shortly thereafter that that I set him free.
        When we have more time I’ll tell you about the electric blue scorpion we had as a pet…that I eventually stabbed with my largest butcher knife. It was self defense; please don’t tell PETA.

  • oliveralbq

    jesus christ, tyler. flying snakes???

    you wanna talk about a cure for narcolepsy

  • Frank
    • TyB

      Egg-eating snakes will be in a future list but I won´t tell what the subject will be :)

    • fakebrock

      Leave your mother outta of this!

  • mom424

    Very excellent list TyB – as if there was ever any doubt.
    Snakes are very cool; I have no great fear of them but much fascination. We've only one venomous species in Ontario, the Eastern Massassauga Rattler, but I've never heard of anyone ever dying – rarely even bitten for that matter – likely why I'm not afraid of them.
    You're right about the sea snakes; amazing. I've heard of talking out yer ass; first time for seeing out of it. I read somewhere too about sea snake slime/mucous having some sort of magic antibiotic properties. Also quite a few snakes that I'd not heard of. Great job!

  • The Annoyed Elephant

    Greatest. List. Ever.

  • oouchan

    Great list as always, TyB! I love snakes. If I could, I would consider having one as a pet. The Atheris hispida looked the most awesome with it's unusual ruffled display….like a bad hair day or something. :)
    I even liked the flying snake. That would freak a few people out seeing that over head. I don't even like birds flying over me but I think I would be ok with a snake…..maybe because they have better bladder control.

  • FlameHorse

    I love snakes! Thanks, TyB! You're the bomb. Get it? TyB Bomb? Look it up. I'm a dork. You know what we need? A list of spiders like this. I got no problem with snakes, but spiders? Blech.

  • whtknt

    Love snakes, great list!

  • TyB, you simply… RULE!!! Impeccable list! Have only heard of three of these: the Burrowing Asp, the flying snake and the sea snake. Most excellent read.

    Keep it coming! You rock!!!

  • joe the egg

    Great snakes!

  • The elephant trunk snake looks like a sock puppet… Lmao!

  • weidermeijer

    There was an episode, I believe it was 'The Blue Planet', where there were schools of sea snakes swimming over coral heads in Indonesia.

    NO FKING WAY!!! I would rather be in a school of sharks than that! … well, nice sharks, at least.

  • TEX

    There’s something primordial about snakes. I grew up in what we would call a “snakey” area so I am used to watching for them, they just don’t bother me, even though I’m missing the tip of my left index finger for messing with a cottonmouth water moccasin (my fault) and once was camping with a guy that was bitten by a copperhead (his fault – hospital overnight), most snakes just mind their business and hunt – that’s what they do.

    Another great list TyB.

  • Scratch

    Where is the talking serpent? I read about that one somewhere.

    The flying snake will do though.

  • ZedroZ

    Fantastic list!
    I love snakes, absolutely fascinating creatures. I have heard of quite a few on the list after watching far too many Steve Irwin documentaries. I think if you leave any snake you happen to come across alone and respect it and its territory regardless of what kind of snake it is, then (fingers crossed) chances of a bite are a lot lower! Obviously if you accidentally step on one then its a different story!

    Great list, kudos TyB!

  • Gav

    A flying snake would be cool to see.

    A dozen flying snakes…. I'm shopping for new underoos, though it would still be a sight to see!

  • monsoon

    i got item #8 as my pet

  • Excellent list, I really enjoyed reading this and feel like I learned something today.

  • br0ck

    sowwy guyz i'm illeteret

    • Jay

      That explains SO much…

  • Lifeschool

    Top list TyB – snakes don’t bother me really, in fact I’m not too afraid of animals except rats – but then in the UK we rarely see any snakes at all. Really well written list and informative, and of course great photos! Thanks.

  • gringation

    The crazy animal lists are always my favorite :)

    The feathered snake is my favorite on the list!!! The elephant trunk snake looks like a sock puppet haha

    Thanks!

  • GTT

    As usual, great list TyB! I had heard of a few of these but still a fascinating read.

    By the way, the atheris hispida just looks really pissed off…..

    My brother had a snake when I was younger. I dont think he even knows what species it was, it was just big and not particularly nice. I remember one time he was too tired to go out and buy the fresh mice that the snake liked to eat so he decided to feed the damn thing my pet hamster… and make me watch!

    I´m thinking the "not particularly nice" bit should reference my brother…..

    • Lifeschool

      aww – you poor thing. Nope, not very nice. ('the damn thing' – LOL!)

  • Geronimo1618

    Maan I really envy some of these snakies -binoculars vision, photoreceptors, mechanosensors, flight capability…advanced sci-fi crawlies

    • Scratch

      Too bad about the lack of opposable thumbs though.

  • Kirbytheawesome

    The Atheris hispida is so cool looking I might die.

  • TEX

    I’m confused – do the sea snakes have to surface and breath or not???

    • TEX

      live birth underwater?

      • TyB

        Yes, they do have to surface to breath but not as often as other animals; they get up to 25% of their oxygen directly from the water. And yes, they give birth underwater.

        • TEX

          thanks for the response TyB
          I once saw a video where some guys were experimenting with wet suits painted with strpes like the local sea snakes – possibly to see if it repelled sharks

  • blogball

    It would be interesting to see a how these snakes evolved into what they look like now using time laps photography over a 250 million year time period . That’s not asking too much is it?
    Great list as always TyB.

    • TEX

      From a creature with legs to one without?

    • Lizardmancalcos

      I see big things for 1 & 2 in the future. Imagon it, snakes flying around like bats’, and leviathins (giant whale snakes) in the ocians. Cool, very cool.

  • Northman

    There should be something on here about the snake that was discovered in Borneo in 2006. It can change colors like a chameleon – as far as I know it's the only one that can.

  • Magnumto

    Great list TyB, but IMO you were remiss in not mentioning rattlesnakes – at the very least, they should qualify as a notable omission. How unusual are rattles in the animal kingdom? My guess is that the various species are so common (in North America, at least) that they don’t fit the “unusual” part of your title, but in that other sense, they are definitely unusual and amazing. Rattlesnakes rock – but so do the other snakes on your list!

  • undaunted warrior 1

    A couple of years ago a friend of mine used to take his pet Brown House snake with him in the car when he went to town after suffering a couple of break ins trying to remove his cars sound system.
    This worked very well until the snake decided to slither in behind the dashboard between all the wiring I will not bother you with all the details how we eventually got " Basil "out but I can promise you it was a mission and a half.
    Needless to say that was his last trip to the shops.

    Thanks TyB excellent list.

  • Rocky

    This was an exceedingly interesting list, there are some exceedingly crazy snakes out there, it is exceedingly interesting that some of the exceedingly poisonous snakes are exceedingly disguised as non-venomous snakes, not having the exceedingly characteristic traits such as exceedingly slitted pupils, exceedingly heart shaped heads and exceedingly shaped snouts. Exceedingly.

  • psychosurfer

    Great list, i love snakes, specially constrictor ones, I was trying to contribute with one of those rare legged-snakes but instead found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vgPujX2RYw
    Hope you´ll find it interesting.

  • fairtwiggy1

    My bosses son had a snake I have know idea what kind it was I just know it was big and scary anyways he lost it. About month later my boss took his car in the shop because it started stinking real bad. They found the snake dead and bloated behind the door panel. So nasty

    • Lifeschool

      eeeww – yuck!

  • nitas

    I live in rural texas and had a rat snake nest under my house. Didn’t know til the mofos started coming in. My hubby found one 3 feet long and left a brown streak all the way out the door!roflmao

  • PickledTink

    Excellent list! Gave me the creeps, but in an informative way! Reminded me of when I was very young. I was outside playing, and found these big worms! Picked two up, and ran into the house going "Mummy mummy, look at the big worms I found". My Mum, freaked out, and sent me outside to get rid of them straight away. How was I supposed to know they were baby snakes??? I thought they were just giving me a big toothy grin! (Though, in hindsight. Holy shit! Australia is known for having some deadly snakes…)

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Love lists, love snakes, good day.

  • kennypo65

    TyB, you are my favorite list writer. Great work, yet again. Love snakes, thanks for making my day.

  • iknownothing

    I once had a "pet" snake that was unusual, It would raise up and sway from left to right, right to left and so on. It was a windscreen viper.

  • Enrique

    Where's the Stilleto snake?
    They're unique too, and the only cure for their poison is amputation, i feel they deserve a spot here.

    • TyB

      The Stiletto snake is the same as the Burrowing asp, so it IS in the list

  • leah

    kewl list! i like snakes!
    he's a cold hearted snake looke into his eyes @[email protected] he's been tellin lies
    LOL

  • Cory Moses

    I enjoy the science lists the most. I always find some inspiration from them. I enjoy drawing and I see my favourite subject as animals. You use great image sources as well as write concise and interesting paragraphs (and someones more :)!) on which interesting animal. It really inspires me to learn more about animals and continue drawing.
    Of course in this list, I like the ability of the golden snake too. One of my characters in my sci-fi manga has an affinity with snakes so I will like for her to have photoreceptors elsewhere on her body too (like her hands for instance).

  • rafsanakib

    #6,is the coolest it kinda look like sasuke's(from naruto)snake.

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    Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?

  • dustin holland

    I was watching a show on discovery about a snake that tricks its prey by making them believe its tail is a worm. I cant remember the name of this snake can anybody help me with this

  • Dav

    The flying snake is pretty amazing. Imagine that thing hurtling towards you!!

  • bob

    Why did you link a video with a language that no one here would understand? Does it really take that long to find an English dub?

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