Most people think that snakes don’t have lungs because they don’t have legs. This is true for some snakes but not all of them. In fact most snakes do have lungs but they’re not like our lungs. Our lungs are for breathing air in and out. Snakes’ lungs are for controlling their fluid levels.
Some snakes like the boa constrictor have one lung. The boa constrictor’s lung is so big that it fills up most of the snake’s body. Other snakes like the rattlesnake have two lungs.
Snakes don’t have a diaphragm like we do. So they can’t breathe in and out like we do. Instead they use their muscles to push air into their lungs and then they swallow to push the air out.
Do All Snakes Have Lungs?
No not all snakes have lungs. There are two types of snakes that don’t have lungs: the blind snake and the burrowing snake.
The blind snake is a small snake that lives underground. It doesn’t need lungs because it doesn’t need to breathe air. It gets all the oxygen it needs from the underground tunnels it lives in.
The burrowing snake is a bigger snake that also lives underground. It has lungs but they’re very small. That’s because it doesn’t need to breathe very much air. It gets most of the oxygen it needs from the soil it burrows through.
Do Snakes Need Lungs?
Yes snakes need lungs to live. But they don’t need them for the same reason we do. We need lungs to breathe air. Snakes need lungs to control their fluid levels.
Snakes are cold-blooded creatures. That means they can’t regulate their own body temperature. So they need to be able to absorb heat from their surroundings. They do this by basking in the sun and by using their black skin to absorb heat.
If a snake gets too hot it can’t cool down by sweating like we do. It needs to be able to pant or open its mouth to release heat.
Panting is when a snake breathes really fast. This helps to cool down the snake’s body. But if a snake pants too much it can lose a lot of water.
This is where the lungs come in. The lungs help to control the snake’s fluid levels. They do this by absorbing water vapor from the air that the snake breathes in. This helps the snake to stay hydrated and to avoid losing too much water.
Do All Snakes Have The Same Type Of Lungs?
No all snakes don’t have the same type of lungs. There are two types of lungs: one-lung and two-lung.
One-lung snakes have one large lung. This lung fills up most of the snake’s body. Examples of one-lung snakes are the boa constrictor and the anaconda.
Two-lung snakes have two lungs. One lung is bigger than the other. Examples of two-lung snakes are the rattlesnake and the cobra.
Do Snakes Have To Go Outside To Breathe?
No snakes don’t have to go outside to breathe. They can breathe just fine inside. But they do need to go outside to bask in the sun and to absorb heat.
Do All Snakes Live In The Same Environment?
No all snakes don’t live in the same environment. Some snakes live in the water some live in trees and some live on the ground.
Water snakes live in the water. They have special lungs that help them to breathe underwater. Examples of water snakes are the anaconda and the boa constrictor.
Tree snakes live in trees. They have long bodies that help them to climb. Examples of tree snakes are the green tree python and the king cobra.
Ground snakes live on the ground. They have short bodies that help them to burrow. Examples of ground snakes are the garter snake and the rattlesnake.