18 Scary Facts That We Probably Do Not Know About Snakes

Snakes, one of the most deadly and widely feared creatures on the planet.

A cobra
A Cobra

Snakes belong to the suborder Serpentes, are elongated, limbless and flexible reptiles. There are about 3,000 known species of snakes, of these, some 700 species are venomous and of those around 250 can deliver a bite capable of killing a human.

But even non-venomous snakes can be dangerous to humans, especially the biggest snakes in the world.


Snakes eat their prey whole and are able to consume prey up to over 3 times larger than the diameter of their head.

This is possible because their lower jaw and upper jaw can separate from each other.

To keep prey from being able to escape, most snakes have rear-facing teeth that hold their victim in their mouths, specially the constrictors like the Burmese Python.

Venomous snakes inject their prey with venom, while constrictors will squeeze the life out of their prey.

Snakes don't need to hunt and feed on a daily basis. Anacondas and pythons can survive for up to a year without food after feeding.


1. The decapitated head of a dead snake can still bite, even hours after death. These types of bites usually contain huge amounts of venom.


2. Rattlesnake antivenom costs $20,000 per vial. One Florida boy needed 75-80 vials, which adds up to about $1.6 million.


3. The muscle that causes a rattlesnake to rattle fires 50 times a second for up to 3 hours or 520,000 rattles without stopping.


4. What is considered the most “dangerous” snake depends on both a specific country’s health care and the availability of antivenom following a bite. Based on these criteria, the most dangerous snake in the world is the saw-scaled viper, which bites and kills more people each year than any other snake.


5. Snakes are found all throughout the earth except Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and New Zealand because they can't survive on the frozen grounds.


6. Of the approximately 725 species of venomous snakes worldwide, 250 can kill a human with one bite.


7. The fear of snakes (ophiophobia or herpetophobia)is one of the most common phobias worldwide. Approximately 1/3 of all adult humans areophidiophobic, which suggests that humans have an innate, evolutionary fear of snakes.


8. The warmer a snake’s body, the more quickly it can digest its prey.

Typically, it takes 3–5 days for a snake to digest its meal. For very large snakes, such as the anaconda, digestion can take weeks.


9. Some animals, such as the Mongoose, are immune to snake venom.


10. The heaviest snake in the world is the anaconda. It weighs over 595 pounds (270 kg) and can grow to over 30 feet (9m) long. It has been known to eat caimans, capybaras, and jaguars.


11. The most advanced snake species in the world is believed to be the black mamba. It has the most highly evolved venom delivery system of any snake on Earth. It can strike up to 12 times in a row, though just one bite is enough to kill a grown man.

The black mamba is the world’s fastest snake and the world’s second-longest venomous snake in the world, after the king cobra.
Found in East Africa, it can reach speeds of up to 12 mph (19kph). It’s named not from the color of its scales, which is olive green, but from the inside of its mouth, which is inky black. Its venom is highly toxic, and without anti-venom, death in humans usually occurs within hours.


12. The death adder has the fastest strike of any snake in the world. It can attack, inject venom, and go back to striking position in under 0.15 seconds.


13. While snakes do not have external ears or eardrums, their skin,muscles, and bones carry sound vibrations to their inner ears.


14. There are about 3,000 different species of snakes. All of them are predator.


15. In 2009, a Florida couple was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter of their daughter after their pet Burmese python escaped its cage and squeezed the two-year-old to death.



16. The largest Chinese restaurant in the world seats 5,000 people, employs more than 300 chefs, and goes through 700 chickens and 200 snakes in a week.


17. In an island in Brazil, there are 5 snakes per square meter and hence it is declared a no human zone. So, if you are visiting Brazil, you better not visit this snake island.


18. The most deadly species of snakes are found in Australia which includes Brown Snakes, Copperheads, Death Adders, Tiger snakes and Taipan snakes

How To Freeze Bananas

Instead of throwing away plantains when they are overripe and start to rot, an easy way to preserve them for about 5 months is by freezing them.

How to freeze bananas

Advantages Of Freezing Bananas



  • Freezing does not reduce the nutritional value of bananas.
  • It allows you to consume bananas regardless of the season.
  • It is an easy process.
  • You can save money by buying bananas in bulk when they are cheap.


Method 


1. Remove the banana peel


This improves the quality of the frozen bananas and makes it easier for you to use your bananas later.

It's okay if you decide to freeze unpeeled bananas but know that the skin will turn black. They are still edible, though!
Unpeeled bananas can stay frozen for about 2 to 3 months.

2. Wrap each banana with aluminium foil or plastic wrap


3. Place the wrapped bananas in a plastic container or in sealable plastic bags


4. Put them into the freezer. Done! 


When you are ready to use your bananas all you need to do is to take them out of your freezer and defrost them.

Things To Note


1. If you freeze an unpeeled banana, you can still use it as long as it is white on the inside.
Also, if you freeze an unpeeled banana, don't use it if it has become dark in colour

2. If you freeze the bananas unpeeled, they may be slimy when you take off the peels. They are safe to use as long as they smell okay and are not dark in colour.

12 Reasons You Should Visit Nigeria

1. Music


Wizkid, top African artiste
Wizkid performing at a show in Nigeria

Nigeria is the undisputed music capital of Africa

2. Educated people


Nigerians cherish education. That's why we have so many people with masters and Ph.D

3. The Food Is Great


Oh! The delicious and mouth watering delicacies is something you'll never forget if you visit Nigeria

4. Hospitality


Nigerians are very hospitable and will go an extra mile to make foreigners/tourists comfortable.

5. Good Climate


Nigeria is a warm humid tropical country with no natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes e.t.c

6. Twins


Nigeria has the highest twinning rate in the world. This is most common among the Yoruba people, especially in Igbo Ora, Oyo State where there are about 158 twins in 1000 births. Amazing, isn't it?

7. Festivals and Carnivals


You love festivals and carnival? There are various across the country.

8. Third Most Multilingual Country in the World


Although English is the official and most spoken language in Nigeria, about 526 languages are spoken in Nigeria which makes Nigeria the third most multilingual country in the world after Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

9. The Nigerian Accent


According to CNN travel, the Nigerian accent is the sixth sexiest accent in the world.

10. Third Mainland Bridge


The third mainland bridge

The Third Mainland Bridge is located in Lagos, Nigeria. It is one of the world's longest bridge and the second longest in Africa.

11. Lagos


Lagos is a very unique city. Everything you love about Lagos is probably what you might hate about it- the traffic, culture, living costs and nightlife.
This city is so popular that everyone thinks it's Nigeria's capital. A visit to Lagos is totally unforgettable!

12. Great variety of butterflies


Nigeria is a habitat to about 1,828 varieties of forest butterflies identified especially around Calabar in Cross River State near the Cameroon border.

Do you wish to share your experience in Nigeria? Please do so in the comments.