Do snakes climb trees?
So you are out in
the woods one day and all of a sudden you come
across a rather nasty looking snake. You are not
really sure if it is poisonous or not, but it is
coming toward you and you are worried that if it
bites you this may be your last day on earth.
You suddenly realize that you are close to the
snake’s nest where it has babies and so this
momma snake means business.
You turn to run but this reptile can move a lot
faster than you had ever imagined. You figured
this would be a great way to get away but you
don’t seem to be outrunning. This is when you
make the decision to climb a tree. Surely a
snake cannot get up a tree. You start to run the
scenario in your head as you climb and then ask
yourself, so do snakes climb trees?
That is a good question. Without limbs of any
kind it would seem highly unlikely that they can
do so. In all seriousness, how does a snake make
its way up the tree when it can’t grip with
The sad fact of the matter is that many snakes
are able to climb trees. While some find it too
much of a challenge to successfully navigate,
many find trees to be the perfect place to set
up show. In fact, trees are the home for many
snakes in wilderness areas like the forest or
the jungle. They find the trees to be the
perfect home for many reasons.
First of all, trees provide some added
protection for them. They can set up a place to
live and not have to worry about most predators
coming after them, because there is only a
limited number of ways where they can be
reached. This adds a lot of protection for them.
More importantly, the trees offer the idea
location to swoop down on those animals that
they would like to make a meal out of. All they
have to do is to fall out of the tree branch
onto the unaware animal below, bite it and wait
for it to die. Then it is meal time.
It still seems unlikely that they could get up
the tree, but the scales and the movement of the
snake make it quite easy for them to grip and
slither their way up a tree. While they do not
move as quickly as they do on the ground, they
still move quite quickly and this can be bad
news for you. If you are thinking that your
perch in the branches is going to save you then
you have to reconsider that, because this will
very likely not be the protection you were
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