Snakes are, in layman's terms, legless reptiles that move by slithering or sidewinding. They are relatively long and thin, and covered with scales. They come in all sizes and colors. Diets vary according to species and habitat and may include flesh, insects, or possibly herbs. Some, known as vipers, are poisonous--these primarily deliver this poison by injecting poison from sacs in their head through their hollow fangs when biting. Others, known as constrictors, kill their prey by squeezing it to death. Most snakes are not poisonous. Virtually all feral snakes will bite--some clamp on to you, some chew at you, and others snap repeatedly. Rattlers, cottonmouths, coral snakes, and copperheads are the only snakes you need to worry about in America (if you live in certain parts of the west, southeast, and east respectively), and these are easily identified. The other snakes you will find in North America are incapable of much more causing more than superficial cuts. The most widespread and common snake is probably the garter snake.

Despite the fact that snakes are widely reviled as icky, especially by girls, tame snakes make excellent pets. Actually, no snakes are domesticated persay, but most snake species raised with human contact are extremely sociable. A good snake only needs to be fed once a week and is very clean and low-maintenance. They are not slimy--their skin is very smooth and dry. You can cuddle with your snake and it will enjoy it just as much as you. Assuming you don't have a viper or an eight foot boa, they are safer than dogs or cats around children. While their faces are incapable showing quite as much emotion as the mammalians, the presence of a snake happily basking around ones neck, wrapping and flicking its tongue and looking with its beady eyes is a joyful experience indeed.