In the waters of Southeast Asia, you’ll find the tentacled snake. These 2-2.5 foot slithering reptiles only crawl on land to move to another body of water. Even with as much time as the snake spends underwater, they do not have gills, so they have to come up for air every 5-10 minutes. One thing you’ll notice just watching these snakes – they remain very rigid and look like sticks in the water. It’s a good camouflage to help them blend in with their surroundings.
On a hungry day, some of the tentacled snakes in the Indonesian Rainforest at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo can eat up to 10 goldfish each! That’s enough to keep them full for several days.
The tentacled snakes may be stiff, slow-movers most of the time, but when it comes to their food, they don’t mess around. The tentacled snake is a bit of a tricky eater, meaning it tricks the goldfish. In fact, it puts a little pulse or kink in it’s neck and that actually lures the goldfish to face the snake and then – it’s snack time.
Here’s a fun fact: unlike most reptiles, tentacled snakes don’t lay eggs. They actually give birth to live baby snakes about the size of a pencil!
The zoo doesn’t have any baby tentacled snakes right now, but you can slither on over to the Indonesian Rainforest and see over a dozen adults this summer.