Why do snakes stick their tongue out?



  • Snakes belong to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Chordata.
  • Snake comes under the class reptilia and order Squamata.
  • Snakes are elongated spineless creatures belonging to the group of reptiles.
  • Snakes are found to be carnivorous type of animal.
  • They feed on animals such as lizard, frog, small mammals, other snakes, etc.
  • Snakes are a kind of ectothermic animal.
  • The sizes of snake can vary accordingly to its species, the smallest measuring size of a snake is 10.4 cm whereas the longest size is considered as 22.8 ft.
  • It is estimated that there are about 3900 species of snakes from the south side of Earth to the North of the world.
  • Snakes are said to be found in every continent with the exceptional of Antarctica.

Why do snakes stick out their tongue?

  • Snake sticking its tongue out looks threatening and fearful. However, there is a proper reason behind it for them to do it.
  • Snakes do that basically to pick out the different smell form across their environment through their tongue.
  • When a snake stick out its tongue, there is a pickup of different smell present in the environment through the tongue.
  • This smell is processed and identified by the help of a specially able organ known as Jacobson’s organ.
  • Jacobson’s organ is situated inside the roof of the snakes mouth in which the two prongs of snakes tongue can fit perfectly for the identification of smell.
  • This identification of smell can get the snake essential information such as the newly found predator in the surrounding.

Fun Facts:

  1. Snakes are known to have five different types of locomotion.
  2. Snakes can not bite or chew their food, hence they need to swallow it whole.
  3. Unlike human being, the same type organ are not placed on both side of body instead are place on the front of others.

Related Questions:

  1. What are the types of locomotion done by snake.
  2. Who are the predators of snake?
  3. Explain characteristic feature of snake.

True or False:

  1. Snake comes under the class Mammalia.
  2. Snakes are omnivorous in nature.
  3. Snake are known to eat smaller mammals.
  4. Snakes stick out their tongue for drinking.
  5. Snakes can smell through their tongue.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Snakes are ______ type of animal.
    1. Herbivorous.
    2. Omnivoroud.
    3. Carnivorous.
    4. None of the above.
  2. Snakes are found to be ________ in nature.
    1. Ectothermic.
    2. Endothermic.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  3. Snakes are _______ type of creature.
    1. Spineless.
    2. With spine.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  4. Snakes stick out their tongue to ______.
    1. Collect the smell from surrounding.
    2. Collect the moisture from surrounding.
    3. Collect water from surrounding.
    4. None of the above.
  5. _______ is the responsible for the identification of smell from tongue.
    1. Jacobson’s organ.
    2. Jaconsons organ.
    3. Jacons organ.
    4. None of the above.

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