25 May '11, 9pm

Snakes: What Should You Know about Them?

Snakes: What Should You Know about Them?

Sam Sumrall and Nan Sincero, Naturalist Center Interpreters at the California Academy of Sciences took time out of their busy schedules to answer the following answers about snakes. The Academy is currently running a special exhibit on both Snakes and Lizards, called the Summer of Slither . Q: What are some of the free benefits snakes provide to their habitats? A: As predators, snakes play an important role in the ecosystem by controlling the populations of their prey, many of which may be pests or carriers of disease, like rodents and other small mammals. Snakes also serve as prey items themselves for larger animals. They are very much part of the food web. Q: Why do people fear snakes, even though most are not poisonous and not dangerous? A: Snakes have gotten a bad reputation from movies and other stories. Humans may also be hard-wired to be wary of snakes through encou...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/snakes-what-should-you-k...

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