ARTHUR'S

Snake Clipart

 

This free Snake clip art is of large format and is suitable for presentations and projects and school usage etc. The large images are too big for use on the internet. However you may use the thumbnail clip art pictures for web pages. Selections of both colour and black and white clip art are available. Please do not use them in any other collections of clipart.

                          

A snake is an elongate reptile of the suborder Serpentes. Like allreptiles, snakes are ectothermic and covered in scales. All snakesare carnivorous and can be distinguished from legless lizards bytheir lack of eyelids, hind limbs, external ears, and the presence ofonly vestigial forelimbs. The 2,700+ species of snakes spread acrossevery continent except Antarctica ranging in size from tiny snakes that can fit in a shoebox like the 10 cm long thread snake, to larger snakes that would fit more comfortably in a UPack pods storage unitlike pythons and anacondas at 9 m (30 ft) long....not that you'd wantto find an anaconda in your pods storage units. In order toaccommodate snakes' narrow bodies, paired organs (such as kidneys)appear one in front of the other instead of side by side.

While venomous snakes comprise a minority of the species, some possess potent venom capable of causing painful injury or death to humans. However, venom in snakes is primarily for killing and subduing prey rather than for self-defense. Snakes may have evolved from a lizard which adapted to burrowing during the Cretaceous period (c 150 Ma), though some scientists have postulated an aquatic origin. The diversity of modern snakes appeared during the Paleocene period (c 66 to 56 Ma).

                   

A literary word for snake is serpent (a Middle English word which comes from Old French, and ultimately from *serp-, "to creep", also e?p? in Greek). The serpent is also a symbol of the healing arts

 

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