13 Apr '18, 4pm

Do snakes drink water? | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Unless you're a tardigrade, you need water to survive. For many creatures, this means lapping up or drinking water up through the mouth. Others, like those in desert environments, get it from the food they eat or by relying on other adaptations, like gathering moisture on their bodies. Snakes have their own particular adaptation as well. They open their mouths and just soak in the H2O. And it's kind of adorable when they do. Snakes don't lap up water with their tongues. It'd be pretty difficult to do that, after all, considering that snakes don't open their mouths up wide enough when they flick out their tongues. Additionally, snakes' tongues actually go into sheaths when they're not in use, gathering up scents to give the snake a sense of their environment. So if the tongue can't help a snake get water, what does? For a while, we believed that snakes simply sucked in wate...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/do-snak...

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