Do snakes dig holes?
If you know
anything about snakes, you know that the vast
majority of species of these reptiles live in
burrows that are in ground. Living in these
holes in the ground is the ideal home for a
snake for many reasons.
First off, it makes it easy for them to. There
is no problem being able to get into a hole in
the ground. it smiley slithers into its burrow
and makes and settles in for the day or evening,
depending upon whether it is the nocturnal kind
of snake or not. Another great reason for snakes
to live in holes is that it makes it ideal for
them to be able spring out and catch the prey
they wish to eat. They simply slither into their
hole and wait for something to come by. When it
does they jump out and sink their fangs into it.
Most animals would have no idea that the snake
is there and so it makes it really easy to
pounce on the prey.
There is also the very likely chance that some
small little animal like a mouse, rat, squirrel
or other animal about this size will see the
hole and think that it would make a great home
for them. The animal basically brings itself to
the snake like a room service meal. This makes
it an easy “trap” of sorts to catch its meal.
While the hole makes the perfect residence for a
snake, surprisingly not many are actually able
to build their own burrows. The truth is that
unless the earth is quite soft then the snake is
not able to move the dirt out of the way
virtually at all. This is especially true in
areas where the ground is quite compact.
It is really only in places where the soil is
soft, like in sand, where the snake is able to
dig. Its nose is simply not made for digging in
the soil, and without hands it can only do so
much to try to get rid of the dirt. Digging into
the soil that is hard is simply not a feasible
option for this animal. This begs an interesting
question. If the snake really cannot dig holes,
yet it finds holes to be the optimal place to
live, how does it make this happen? That is a
really good question.
Snakes are not only predators for food, but for
shelter as well. If they like the home another
animal has made, they will simply take it. If
they are able to defeat an animal, like a gopher
let’s day, and make it a meal, it has no problem
turning that gophers home into its own. It is
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