Y38-Snakes-5 - By:MichelleUpdike ,including .

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By: Michelle Updike Be sure to focus the presentation on the poisonous snakes of Florida, including  their identification and what to do if bitten.  Appropriate referencing is lacking.
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are elongate legless carnivorous reptiles of  the suborder  Serpentes  that can be  distinguished from legless lizards by their  lack of eyelids and external ears. Like lizards, from which they evolved, they  have loosely articulated skulls, and most can  dislocate their lower jaw in order to swallow  prey much larger than their own head. Of the 45 species and 44 subspecies of  snakes found in Florida, only 6 species are  venomous. 
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The left and right sides of the lower jaw are joined only by a flexible  ligament at the anterior tips, allowing them to separate widely, while  the posterior end of the lower jaw bones articulate with a quadrate  bone, allowing further mobility.
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Colubridae Boidae Elapidae Largest Family 3 Largest snakes in the world Venomous : Neurotoxic 2/3 of all species (Anaconda, Python, Rock Python) Coral snake Non-venomous Non-venomous Cobras Powerful constrictors Mambas Viperidae Hydrophiidae Venomous: Hematoxic "Sea Snakes" Venomous Reluctanct to bite
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Snakes are most abundant where their prey is  abundant and they do not live where they cannot  find food.  Species, like the corn snake and green snake,  are good climbers and live in trees and shrubs.  Others, like the indigo snake, coachwhip and  king snakes, are terrestrial, living on the ground. Yet others, like the brown snake and ring neck  snake, burrow in the soil and leaflitter.  Pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, cypress  ponds, wet prairies, Florida scrub, marshes,  swamps, ponds and lakes, all are snake habitats.
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Snake comes from the English verb  sneak  The word  serpent  comes from Old French, and ultimately 
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course BCN 4735 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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