- SEA LIFE, Rainforest Ranger
Get ready to meet a ssss'eriously impressive creature
There are more than 3,000 species of snakes on the planet and they're found everywhere except in Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and New Zealand.
Not all snakes are venomous, in fact, only 600 species are and only about 200 are able to kill a human.
Almost all snakes are covered in scales and as reptiles, they are cold-blooded and must regulate their body temperature externally.
Enter the Rainforest Ranger area and you will come across the different snakes that reside at SEA LIFE Hunstanton.
'Elvis' our resident king snake is a type of constrictor, using its body to coil around its food.
- King snakes are also known as "chain snakes" or "chain kings" due to specific colouration of the body
- Their name refers to the fact that these snakes tolerate venom of pit-vipers and eat poisonous snakes such as copperhead, rattlesnake and cottonmouth without any visible side effects.
- Often found in sub-Saharan Africa, its camouflage resembles the rocky floor and the grass terrain it likes to roam in
- These snakes are also known to be called ball pythons because of their defensive posture of coiling into a tight ball with their heads protected in the centre
- The name royal python is believed to be derived from the fact that many African rulers were known to have worn live pythons as jewellery
'Renso' our resident Milk Snake is related to the King snake and originates from North & South America. It's often thought to be venomous due to its colouration, however, they are a none venomous species.
- Corn Snakes are a North American species of Rat Snake, they help control populations of wild rodent pests that damage crops and spread disease
- Corn snakes are often killed because they are mistaken for the copperhead, a venomous species