S-S-snakes! (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)
Lucille Recht Penner
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Illus. in full color. A scintillating survey of sensational serpents, from blood-spewing West Indian boas to "flying" golden tree snakes.
around their prey and squeeze until it stops breathing. Ball python Egyptian cobra Some snakes kill their prey by poisoning it. Snake poison is called venom. A poisonous snake has sharp fangs. What is a fang? It’s a hollow tooth. When a cobra bites an animal, venom flows through its fangs. After the animal dies, the snake swallows it. People look and listen when they hunt. A snake’s most important sense is smell. A snake flicks out its long, forked tongue to pick up the scent of its prey.
Grass snake This is a tiger snake from Australia. Watch out! It’s the most poisonous snake in the world. Pit vipers are poisonous snakes with a special sense. They can detect heat. On a dark night a pit viper can kill a mouse without even seeing it. Scientists tried an experiment with a pit viper. Eastern diamondback rattlesnake They filled one balloon with cold water. They filled another balloon with hot water. Then they turned out the lights. The pit viper struck at the warm balloon and
burst it! A rattlesnake is a pit viper. Its tail has bands of loose skin. They rattle loudly when the snake shakes its tail. It’s a scary sound. Timber rattlesnake The rattle is a warning: LEAVE ME ALONE! The snake doesn’t want to fight. It would rather scare an enemy away. When the rattlesnake hunts for food, it holds its tail very still. A lion is watching an African spitting cobra. Will the cobra make a good meal? Suddenly it spits poison into the lion’s eyes. The lion runs away. Its eyes
literature. [1. Snakes.] I. Title: Snakes. II. Barrett, Peter, ill. III. Title. IV. Series: Step into reading. Step 3 book. Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-0-679-84777-9 eBook ISBN: 978-0-385-37451-4 Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read. v3.1 To Jeremy and Elaine —L.R.P. The snake on the cover and title page is a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor. Contents Title Page Copyright Dedication First Page A snake charmer sits in front of a
kingsnakes Most lay eggs. Mother snakes don’t take care of their babies. Little snakes have to find their own food. Western racer Eastern garter snake What do snakes eat? Live animals! Insects, worms, snails, frogs, lizards, and fish. Carpet python Some snakes even eat bats. They climb high trees near bat caves. When the bats fly in and out, the snakes strike. The biggest snakes can swallow a leopard or an alligator. It takes ten people to hold this huge anaconda. It is thirty feet long and