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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 anything?

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 hoping for. Read more: Snake Control, Venomous Snakes of Florida, How to Identify Snakes, How to Kill Snakes.


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