Snake Anatomy Quiz
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Snake charmers seem to understand and have a good rapport with snakes and can seemingly hypnotize them through music and movement. While it may be hard for us to conceive of the notion of entertaining this reptilian creature much the same way in our homes, a snake can make a fascinating pet. How much do you know and understand about snakes and their anatomy? Take this month's quiz and try filling in the blanks on the left with the answers on the right. Feel free to check out our herp articles to help you find the answers.

A snake does not smell with its nose, but with its forked   (1)   and the   (2)   organ. a. cloaca
Poisonous snakes have either   (3)   fangs or   (4)   fangs, which are like hypodermic needles. b. digestive
The right lung is the only functioning lung in snakes because the left lung is   (5)  . c. grooved
The   (6)   is the common chamber that receives products from the reproductive, urinary, and   (7)   systems. d. hollow
Some snakes have pits on their head that they use to detect changes in   (8)  . e. scutes
The large, thick scales on a snake's belly are called   (9)  . f. skull
The bones in the   (10)   are able to stretch apart so that snakes can swallow very large prey. g. temperature
  h. tongue
  i. vestigial
  j. vomeronasal





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