Natural History of Snakes
Snake tracks can be wavy or straight lines. They are usually furrows in the ground that can be 1/2 or more wide. Some of the snakes found in my area can swim and often hunt underwater. These aquatic garter snakes can stay submerged for over ten minutes. I have personally watched one stay underwater for that long. Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles. They often are found on exposed rocks and pavement, sunning themselves. Some snakes have a hinged jaw that opens wide to allow them to swallow their prey. Prey is swallowed whole and digested over a week of two depending on the size of the prey. Some snakes are venomous. Snakes can a well developed sense that allows them to sense heat. This helps them locate prey.
There are four ways that snakes move about. Each movement produces a different track. The illustration below shows the different types of snake movement.
(Picture taken from MS Encarta 97 Encyclopedia)
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Now available: "Animals Don't Cover
Their Tracks - An Introduction to Animal Tracking" on CD! (Version 3.0)
New drawings, more species, more photos, more extensive sections on tracking
humans, more detailed directions for plaster casting, mystery tracks section,
tracking stories section, and more. The CD features over 100 species, including
special bonus sections with the tracks of some African and Australian
animals. A large section on tracking lost people for search and rescue is
included, with over four pages of photos showing the details of tracks and
signs people leave. Easy to use format. This web site is limited
by bandwidth, but the CD-ROM is not. The CD is available in my online store at:
Works with Mac or PC. Happy tracking!!
What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!
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stores for more products of interest:
NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.
ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.
Sales from all stores give commissions to Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den, which helps keep this site online as a free service. We are celebrating ten years online this year!
Personal Notes on Snakes
Got a snake story? E-mail me and tell me about it.
Copyright © 1997-2008. Text and drawings by Kim A. Cabrera