Why did lizards evolve into snakes?

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Why did lizards evolve into snakes?

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answered Aug 3, 2023 by Aporkchop (7,660 points)
The reason lizards evolved into snakes is as an adaptation to a crawling and burrowing lifestyle.

Lizards evolved into snakes during the Cretaceous period.

The type of lizard that snakes evolved from were burrowing lizards during the Cretaceous period.

Snakes did evolve from lizards.

The animal that snakes evolved from are lizards.

Snake lizards also known as glass lizards get as big as 18 inches to 43 inches in length and are long, slender legless lizards which resemble snakes.

The group that lizards and snakes are in is Squamata which are scaled reptiles.

Skinks are not related to snakes although they resemble snakes but skinks are lizards instead of snakes and belong to the Scinidae family.

The kind of lizard that looks like a snake with legs is the Western Red Tailed Skink that has smooth ski, small legs and can disappear very easily.

The lizard that moves like a snake is the legless lizard or glass lizard.

The legless lizard or glass lizard looks like a snake but isn't a snake.

A large lizard that looks like a snake is the legless lizard.

The black lizard that moves like a snake and also looks like a snake are Glass lizards which are long, slender, legless lizards which superficially resemble snakes.

However the glass lizard differs from snakes though in that they have moveable eyelids, inflexible jaws and external ear openings.

The animal that is often mistaken for a snake is the legless lizard.

The biggest difference between between snakes and legless lizards is that legless lizards possess earholes and eyelids while snakes lack both.

In addition, legless lizards can have legs.

Another key difference is that snakes swallow their prey whole while legless lizards hunt mostly insects and smaller bugs.

The closest relative to snakes are Mosasauroids which are a group of large marine lizards, are identified as the nearest relatives of snakes, thus resolving the long-standing problem of snake affinities.

The snakes that can bond with humans are boas, pythons and corn snakes.

The snake that is most likely to bite is the copperhead snake which is the most dangerous snake in many states because copperheads are most likely to bite humans and be found near homes.

A copperhead has a copper colored head which is why it's called a copperhead snake.

Snakes do not feel love like humans and other animals do but snakes can and do most often enjoy being around humans.

Snakes do not fart out of their mouth and instead snakes fart out the cloaca.

All snakes have a vent which is the excretory opening that opens on the bottom of the snake near the snakes tail and leads to the compound structure called the cloaca which is where and how snakes fart.

Snakes do fart and pass gas like humans and other animals do.

A snake may fart once in awhile which is normal as they have gas built up inside them that needs to be relieved.

Although when snakes do fart, it usually doesn't make any noise and shouldn't produce an odor.

You can de venom a snake through surgery that removes the gland that produces the venom in the snake.

Surgery is also done to some snakes to inhibit and prevent the production of snake venom.

The state that has the most venomous snakes is Arizona while California is the state with the most snakes.

The most venomous snake in Australia is the Inland Taipan snake.

The inland taipan, also commonly known as the western taipan, the small-scaled snake or the fierce snake, is a species of extremely venomous snake in the family Elapidae.

The species of snake is endemic to semi-arid regions of central east Australia.

Aboriginal Australians living in those regions named the snake dandarabilla.

The 4 biggest snakes are the Green Anaconda, Burmese Python, Reticulated Python and the Central African Rock Python snake.

The country that has the deadliest snakes is Australia.

Australian snakes are well and truly over represented out of the world's top 25 most venomous snakes.

The Island country that has the most snake bite fatalities is Ilha da Queimada Grande.

Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island, is an island off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean.

It is administered as part of the municipality of Itanhaém in the State of São Paulo.

Snakes move using their flexible body, which consists of a long spine with up to 400 ribs attached.

Muscles connected to the ribs help snakes crawl, climb, and swim, and wide belly scales help them grip surfaces.

Saw scaled viper snakes are called saw scaled vipers because of the scales along the lower body lie at a distinct 45-degree angle to the rest and have serrated edges.

The things that are special about the saw scaled viper is the snakes irritability, aggressive nature, and lethal venom make them very dangerous.

The saw scaled viper is a really venomous snake with a maximum yield of 70 mg of venom in a single bite, and the average person only needs 5 mg to be fatally wounded.

Without immediate care a person bit by a saw scaled viper could die within the hour or less.

Around 4,000 to 5,000 people are killed by the saw scaled viper snake each year.

The deadliest snake in the world is the saw-scaled viper snake which is the deadliest of all snakes, since scientists believe it to be responsible for more human deaths than all other snake species combined.

The Saw scaled viper snakes venom, however, is lethal in less than 10 percent of untreated victims, but the snake's aggressiveness means it bites early and often.

The King Cobra Snake is also one of the deadliest snakes in the world.

Not only does the bite of a king cobra contain a high level of toxins; these toxins and venom target your heart and lungs.

Your respiratory system and heart can suffer greatly from a king cobra bite, and many victims who don't seek treatment end up perishing from cardiac arrest or respiratory complications.

It is true that venomous snakes will swim on top of water.

Venomous snakes do swim on top of water although they also sometimes swim under water.

But only a venomous snake will swim on top of water.

It is true that venomous snakes do swim on top of water.

Only venomous or poisonous snakes swim on top of water while non poisonous and non venomous snakes only swim underwater.

Poisonous snakes or venomous snakes swim on top of water.

And only poisonous snakes will swim with their entire bodies visible on the water.

If you see a snake that is swimming on top of the water with their entire bodies visible then it's a poisonous snake.

Non poisonous snakes only swim below water.

Venomous snakes do also swim underwater as well.

Still even poisonous and venomous snakes sometimes swim under water so it may still be a venomous snake.

Poisonous snakes will swim with their heads above the water because a poisonous snake swims with their lungs inflated.

So if you see a snake swimming on top of the water then it's most likely a poisonous snake.

Non poisonous snakes will be seen swimming under the water.

Although there is a snake called the coral snake that is very poisonous and sometimes swims both on top of the water and under the water.

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