Snake Catcher Blog
Can snakes breathe during feeding?
December 11, 2015

Often snakes will feed on very large prey items many times bigger and wider than their heads and bodies. To facilitate this a snake’s bottom jaw is in two parts allowing it to effectively “walk” its jaw along the body of its prey until it has completely swallowed its meal. As impressive as this method […]

How does digestion work in snakes?
November 24, 2015

Snakes can fast for a number of months after consuming a large meal. Recent research looking at physiological effects of feeding in Indian Pythons (Python molorus) shows the snakes organs undergo substantial changes that remain for the entire digestive process – in this case up to 8 days. These included up to a 30% increase […]

How do snakes feed?
November 24, 2015

Being limbless offers snakes a number of advantages but ease of feeding is not one of them! A snakes body plan just doesn’t equip them with the necessary tools to effectively tear prey items into manageable sized pieces. They are however amazingly adapted for the consumption of whole, large prey items that basic physics should […]