How Are Snakes And Dogs Alike?

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In what ways are snakes and dogs alike?

Though they may seem very different at first glance snakes and dogs actually have quite a few things in common.

For one thing they are both reptiles meaning they are ectothermic have dry scaly skin and lay eggs.

They are both vertebrates meaning they have a backbone and they are both carnivores meaning they eat other animals.

Though they have many similarities there are also some significant differences between snakes and dogs.

For one thing snakes are much closer in evolutionary terms to lizards than they are to dogs.

In fact snakes are more closely related to lizards than they are to any other group of animals.

Additionally snakes do not have any limbs while dogs have four.

This difference is due to the fact that snakes evolved from lizards that lost their limbs over time.

Here are some additional ways in which snakes and dogs differ:

Dogs Are Social Animals While Snakes Are Not.

Dogs are able to form complex relationships with other dogs and with humans.

They are loyal and loving creatures that enjoy spending time with their family and friends.

Snakes on the other hand are solitary creatures that do not form bonds with other snakes or with humans.

Dogs Are Active During The Day While Snakes Are Active At Night.

Dogs are diurnal meaning they are active during the day and sleep at night.

This is because they are descendants of wolves which are also diurnal.

Snakes on the other hand are nocturnal meaning they are active at night and sleep during the day.

This is because they are descendants of lizards which are also nocturnal.

Dogs Have Fur While Snakes Have Scales.

Dogs have fur coats that keep them warm in the cold and help protect them from the sun.

Snakes have scales that protect them from predators and help them to blend in with their environment.

Dogs Give Birth To Live Young While Snakes Lay Eggs.

Dogs give birth to live young which are called puppies.

Puppies are born blind and deaf and they are completely dependent on their mother for food and shelter.

Snake eggs on the other hand are laid by the female and are then incubated by the male.

Snake eggs hatch into baby snakes which are called hatchlings.

Hatchlings are born with their eyes open and are able to fend for themselves from the moment they are born.

The many ways in which snakes and dogs are alike may surprise you.

Though they are different animals they share many characteristics.

Size

Though there are many different types of snakes and dogs they can generally be divided into two categories: large and small.

Large snakes can be as long as 30 feet while small snakes are usually less than 3 feet in length.

Large dogs can weigh up to 200 pounds while small dogs typically weigh less than 20 pounds.

Appearance

Snakes and dogs both have long slim bodies.

They also have two eyes a nose and a mouth.

Both animals have four legs but snakes do not have any fur.

Diet

Both snakes and dogs are carnivores which means that they eat mostly meat.

Snakes will eat small mammals such as rodents or rabbits.

Dogs will eat anything from meat to vegetables.

Habitat

Snakes and dogs can both be found in a variety of habitats.

Snakes can be found in the desert in the rainforest or in the water.

Dogs can be found in cities in the country or in the mountains.

Behavior

Snakes and dogs can both be friendly or aggressive.

Some snakes will coil up and hiss when they feel threatened while others will strike their prey with lightning speed.

Dogs can be loving and loyal companions but they can also be aggressive if they feel threatened.