Snake Eyes

Last Question:

A snake will occasionally slip out of its old skin. Which term describes this process?

Answer:

Shedding

Snakes shed the outer layer of their skin as a natural process of growing. Even in snakes that are not growing, the scales become drab and worn over time and are replaced by a new layer of skin. Some species shed their skin every 20 days; others shed their skins every year.

Today’s Question:

Do snakes ever blink?

What is the Connection?

Last Problem:

Snakes are cold-blooded. What does this mean?

Answer:

They are unable to produce their own body heat. Since they are cold-blooded, snakes can’t produce their own body heat. This means that they depend on the sun to keep them warm. Snakes spend most of their time trying to keep a comfortable body temperature level.

Today’s Problem:

What is the common link between these words:

threshold, taciturn, signature, redress, misspelling, lambaste, hockey, decoration

Shark Heads

Question:

How do snakes smell?

Answer:

They use their tongues. Snakes continuously flick out their tongues to collect scent particles from the air and the ground. When the tongue goes back into the mouth, the forked tips fit into cell-lined pockets, located in a special organ called the Jacobson’s organ, which detects the odors of the particles it receives.

Today’s Question:

Why is a hammerhead shark’s head shaped like a hammer?

How Do Snakes Smell?

Yesterday’s Problem:

What is the common link between these words:

threshold, taciturn, signature, redress, misspelling, lambaste, hockey, decoration

Answer:

Each word is made up of two shorter words which are joined by a common letter. The second word starts on the same letter as the first word ends on. threshold => thresh and hold, taciturn => tacit and turn, etc.

Today’s question:

How do snakes smell?

How Can Snakes Be Cold Blooded?

Last Problem:

What does a typical shark do more than 30,000 times during its life?

Answer:

Lose a tooth. Some sharks have up to eight rows of teeth. Since shark’s teeth aren’t attached to their jaws, they can easily fall out during dinner. As one row of teeth is lost, a new row pops up from behind to replace it.

Today’s Problem:

Snakes are cold-blooded. What does this mean?