When the sun goes down, so do the snakes. That’s because they’re cold-blooded, meaning their body temperature changes with the temperature of their surroundings. So when it’s hot out, they’re active and when it’s cold, they’re not.
But just because they’re not moving around doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything. Snakes are still active at night, just in a different way. Here’s what they’re up to when you’re asleep.
Even though they’re not moving around, snakes are still on the lookout for food. Some snakes will even hunt at night. They use their sense of smell to find prey and their heat-sensing pits to locate warm-blooded animals.
If a snake is lucky enough to catch some prey, it will eat. Snakes will often eat their prey whole, swallowing it down in one big gulp.
After a big meal, snakes need time to digest. This process can take a few days, during which time the snake will not eat anything else.
Snakes shed their skin about once a month. They start by rubbing their head against something rough to loosen the skin. Then they wriggle out of it, inside out. The old skin comes off in one big piece.
Some snakes hibernate during the winter. This means they go into a deep sleep and don’t move or eat for months at a time. They usually hibernate in groups, in caves or other places where it’s warm.
So there you have it! That’s what snakes do at night. Now you know they’re not just lying around doing nothing.