100 Facts - Snakes

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Author: Barbara Taylor

100 Facts Snakes is bursting with unbelievable images, fun activities and exactly 100 fascinating facts. Children will learn everything they need to know about these cold-blooded predators.
100 Facts Snakes includes key topics about these slithery reptiles in simple numbered facts. Every page features fantastic illustrations and photographs that support a child's understanding of the text. This is the ultimate snake book for kids aged 7+ who want to discover more about venomous and non-venomous snakes.
Essential topics covered in 100 Facts Snakes:
- Superior survival skills, hunting for prey and protecting their eggs
- The purpose of their patterned, scaly skin
- Harmless species and poisonous snakes such as vipers
Examples of 'I don't believe it' fascinating facts:
- The biggest snake ever to have lived was as long as a bus! Known as Titanoboa, it lived in the rainforests of South America around 60 million years ago.
- A few snakes polish their scales with a secretion from their nostrils. This may waterproof the scales or allow the snake to leave a scent trail as it slithers along.
- Large snakes can swallow prey up to a quarter of their own length. They have been known to eat leopards, gazelles and even small crocodiles!
Activities to make learning accessible and interactive include:
- Quiz question: Why does a puff adder inflate its body like a balloon?
- Make a snake bracelet using thin card, colouring pencils, a hole punch, some wool and some colourful beads
- Make a spiral snake using paper and decorate it with camouflage colours