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What snakes lack in legs they make up for with strange body manipulations

An elongated spine is just as useful as a pair of arms and legs.

close up of a snake

Snakes must be doing something right.

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Do a quick search for “snakes” in the news and you’ll find people terrified, bitten or, sadly, killed by these creatures. Many of us fear their slithering ways and researchers have found evidence which suggests that humans have evolved a tendency to spot snakes more easily than other animals.

But there are more than 3,500 species of snake in the world, and they have been around —so they

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