Can Snakes Hear?

Snake is from the largest reptile family, having more than 3400 species, present in almost all parts of the world except Northern Europe like Greenland, some areas of New Zealand and Antarctica. It has shown its presence on ground as well in sea especially in Indian and Pacific Oceans. It possess both lethal and nonlethal attitudes; some of its kinds never hurt other species of living things while some are extremely dangerous towards other Grand Rapids species.

Snake has a varied size range in size from tiny to huge from 10.5 cm to 6.95m while a 42 feet long Michigan snake fossils were also found having a history of nearly 170 million years old. Snakes are having a flexible body with which they can have their travel for prey in dangerous areas and they can even swallow prey of bigger size.

Ears of Snake; andhow do snake listen?
It is an obvious fact that Grand Rapids snakes do not possess external ears but latest researches show that even due to lack of this trait snakes still possess a listening and sensing quality. Though snakes do not have eardrums but they have a complete inner structure of year including cochleas and as snake slide on the ground the vibrations on the sides of jaws are felt here.Snake jaws move freely in horizontal direction therefore not only vibration is detected but the direction of this direction is also detected by the inner ear system. To sense the vibrations on sand or soil, sensory nerves are present in the skin of the snake's body which is connected with its spinal cord. These sensors with the capacity of high sensitiveness react at once and make possible for Michigan snake to spot the position and direction of sound.

With the help of skull, Grand Rapids snake listens to the sounds in air also. Air vibrations when hit skull quickly move to inner ear where they are passed to brain to be identified. An interesting fact in this regard is that snake listen to low vibrations well than high vibration, while snake responds to the names of their owners also if kept as pet. Snake with this sensory system can even sense the movement from great distances in sands with the help of auditory waves. This very phenomenon helps them to catch their prey even at far distances. The vibrations around snake's body are picked up by body sensors and then translated into fluid brone impulses and then into nerve impulses which means that a snake couldn't hear to human speech, music or any other sound but the effects of these vibrations are felt all around its body and snake detects the level and direction of these sounds from its body movement in reaction to the surrounding sounds. From here it can be concluded that though Michigan snakes do not possess outer ears but with presence of sensory nerves, their inner ear system and skull they can not only detect sounds but can locate the direction of sound as well.

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