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Program Features
Learn About Life's Most Misunderstood Animals
Meet A Variety Of Gentle Reptiles
Heighten Your Understanding Of Nature
Experience An Exciting Hands On Opportunity
Replace Common Myths With Fact
Science and Biology Oriented
Emphasis on Ecology and Conservation Values
Safety Measures When Encountering Snakes in the Wild

Through the years of providing the Snakes Alive program, I have heard many stories and myths concerning snakes. Some of the most frequently told myths are listed below.

Q. Can a snake strike without coiling?
A. Yes. Snakes can strike while coiled or when stretched out and even while crawling.

Q. Is it true that a mother snake will swallow her young to protect them?
A. No. Some snakes like king snakes eat other snakes. Stories like this one are usually based on something the observer has seen but may not have understood.

Q. Is it true that poisonous snakes and harmless snakes are inbreeding?
A. No. By definition different species are genetically incompatible and are not capable of breeding.

Q. Do poisonous snakes have a red tongue and nonpoisonous ones have a dark colored tongue?
A. No. There is not a set tongue color for poisonous and harmless snakes. A garter snake has both red and black on its tongue.

Q. Can a snake bite under water?
A. Snakes can open their mouths and bite under water. Many snakes hunt for fishes, frogs, and salamanders and are able to catch these swimming animals in their mouths.

Q. Are snakes slimy?
A. No. Snakes are not slimy. Quite the contrary, they feel soft and dry.

Common Garter Snake
(Thamnophis sirtalis)