Unlike spiders, it might be the lack of arms that make snakes so slippery in our collective consciousness. I mean, how can you trust an animal you can’t hug? But snakes deserve your love as they play an integral role in maintaining balance in our ecosystem. Snakes are both predator and prey. Snakes are prey to many a feathered-friend. And as carnivorous reptiles, snakes help to control the rodent population. If that still doesn’t convince you consider this, did you know that snakes can smell with their tongue? True. When a snake’s tongue is flicked out into the air, receptors on the tongue pick up minuscule chemical particles, which are perceived as scent. Next time you see a snake with its tongue out – it is a lot less scary to think of a snake approaching
with a, “sniff, sniff” versus a hiss.