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16/06/2015

THE SKIN OF A SNAKE IN 2ND A!

Hi little reptiles!

 

We had got a surprise yesterday at school.

Roque brought the whole layer of skin of ....A SNAKE!

He wanted to share with us the discovering of this skin. 

He found it with daddy next to his house.

Children could appreciatte the scales and some of them, dare to touch it for a moment. Obviously, we wash our hands after doing it. 

 Here you are the pictures and a some information about this exciting fact about snakes. 

And..a video showing how this shedding goes!

Enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why Snakes Shed Their Skin

Basically, a snake will shed its skin to allow for continued growth. The skin of a snake is different from the skin of a mammal (including us) in that it does not grow as the animal grows. When we get bigger with age, our skin grows right along with us. 

But snake skin has a limited capacity for growth and enlargement. Thus, when a snake outgrows the skin it's in, it simply sheds the outer layer and starts fresh.

 

Do Snakes Ever Stop Shedding Their Skin?

A snake will shed its skin as long as it's growing, and snakes grow all through their lives. Thus, a snake will never stop shedding until death. With that being said, the frequency of snake shedding will certainly change during the snake's life. Younger snakes grow at a faster rate than mature snakes (as is the case with most other species). 

So a young, fast-growing snake will shed more frequently than an adult snake of the same species.



THE VIDEO!











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