World Snake Day

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2024 DateJuly 16, 2024
2025 DateJuly 16, 2025

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World Snake Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the vital role of snakes in ecosystems and the critical need for their protection. This day highlights the snake's significance in controlling rodent populations and maintaining ecological balance. World Snake Day also aims to dissipate common misconceptions about snakes, educate the public on their importance, and advocate for the conservation of snake habitats.

In the United States, snakes often suffer from a negative reputation fueled by myths and misinformation. With nearly 150 species of snakes, America is home to a diverse population of these reptiles. However, only 20 species in the entire country are classified as venomous, and, contrary to popular belief, the majority of snakes are harmless to humans. On World Snake Day, various organizations and institutions in the US strive to overturn these stigmas and use educational campaigns to raise awareness on the ecological importance of snakes. Conservation efforts in the US aim to protect threatened snake populations from habitat destruction, vehicular accidents, and intentional harm caused by humans.

To observe World Snake Day across America, various activities such as exhibitions, talks, and informative presentations are held in zoos, wildlife centers, and educational institutions. These events aim to engage people in learning more about snakes, dispelling myths, and acquiring a greater appreciation for these fascinating creatures. Concerned citizens are encouraged to support conservation efforts and share knowledge about snakes with friends and family. World Snake Day takes place on July 16th, providing an opportunity for Americans to reflect upon the vital role these reptiles play in our ecosystems.

World Snake Day facts

  • According to National Geographic, about 600 species of snake are venomous, and only about 200—seven percent—are able to kill or significantly wound a human
  • Snakes are capable of swallowing animals up to 75%-100% larger than their own heads.
  • There are more than 3,000 species of snakes on the planet and they’re found everywhere except in Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, and New Zealand
  • About 70% of snakes lay eggs. The other 30% have live births. Snakes that live in colder climates typically have live births because their eggs wouldn’t survive the weather.

Top things to do in the US for World Snake Day

  • Learn more about the Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP), a non-profit organization working to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes.
  • Read through several snake stories. You can learn more about their social behaviors and what to do should you encounter one.
  • Learn how to live safely with snakes. Snakes are important reptiles that eat the carriers of many diseases. Understanding how to properly handle a snake can help keep both you and the snake safe.
  • Watch some snake inspired movies. Our recommendations are:. "Kingdom of the North: Timber Rattlesnake","Anaconda", "Snake Island" (Discover Channel) and "Man Eating Python" (National Geographic).

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