ISSN 2398-2985      

Snake senses / communication

Jreptile

History

  • Snakes are an essential component of the natural world and deserve to receive the same conservation status as the environments they inhabit.
  • Snakes have been used as models for human seizure disorders and malignant diseases. Snakes venom extracts are currently being utilized for the treatment of hypertension, thromboembolism, and coagulation disorders.
  • There are approximately 2500 species of snakes distributed in almost all ecosystems.
  • Endemic snakes are absent from Ireland, the Antarctic, and Hawaii; however, snakes have been introduced to Hawaii.
  • The most widely distributed reptile on the planet is the yellow-bellied sea snake.
  • Approximately 12% of all snakes are highly venomous to man Venemous species.
  • Snakes do not possess limbs or external ears.

Visual communication

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Hearing

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Chemosensory systems

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Pheromones

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Glands / glandular secretions

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Pit organs

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Raiti P (2010) Snakes. In: Behavior of Exotic Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 29-30.
Reproduced with permission from Valerie V Tynes: Behavior of Exotic Pets © 2010, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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