Unlocking the Wonders of World Snake Day: A Serpentine Celebration

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As we all are well-familiar with the snakes and most of us consider them a sign of fear and even death. But the truth is that all species of snakes are not harmful, and most importantly all of them do not bite. World snake day is an awareness occasion, celebrated on 16 July that aims to end all such kind of misunderstanding surrounding the snakes.

World Snake Day History

The word ‘snake’ has been originated from the old English word ‘snaca.’ Snakes, being reptiles have been evolved from the terrestrial lizards, around 174.1 – 163.5 million years ago. One of the most commonly known snake species is the King Cobra, on the other hand Reticulated Python is the longest snake in the world. In order to remove all the negative links made with snakes, snake day was created to made people learn about the snakes and their species.

Unpack the diversity of snakes and learn more about their biology and behavior at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Facts about Snakes

Common Name

Scientific Name

Number of Species



Top Speed



Most Distinctive Feature

Garden Snake


   Over 3900 

5 – 25 years 

30 cm – 1.8 m

8 km/h

Larger Snakes

Small Rodents, Insects, and frogs

Slender body and scale patterns 

Bonus Facts

  • ’Snakes have no eyelids at all
  • They have no nose so they smell with their tongue
  • Snakes are found in every continent except Antarctica
  • Snakes sleep with their eyes open


Snake day aims to end all the misunderstandings and misrepresentations which surround these reptiles. This day provides an opportunity to all the educators, conservationists, and enthusiasts to spread the awareness across the world through social media or some other ways. This day appreciates the presence of snakes by dispelling the myths and fears around them.


10,000 B.C.

Snakes as Gods

People started worshipping snakes as Gods due to their strength, knowledge and renewal.

3100 B.C.

Kings inspired by snakes

Kings started wearing a symbol of snake on their forehead to show their power.

5th Century B.C.

Power of Medusa

Greeks’ myths introduced a monster, Medusa, which had snakes on her head instead of hair.


First death

Maggie Lee was considered as the first child in Texas who died of a snake bite.

Statistics that Matter

  • According to findings, there exist 3,789 snake species worldwide
  • Fossil records show that snakes are 142 million years old
  • A snake has roughly 300 – 400 bones yet they are very flexible
  • 600 species are poisonous, 200 can threat humans, reaming are non-venomous
  • From smallest snake (thread snake) to longest (reticulated python) have size 10 cm – 7 m

How to Celebrate Snake Day?

World snake Day

Unveiling Serpent Wonders

You can plan to visit a nearby zoo on World snake day to discover the varieties of snakes in your region. Or find out through some other way about snake species, their lifestyle and their habitats.

Educate, not Eliminate

Since we all are well-familiar with the fact that all snakes are thought to be harmful, even they are not. Find out those species of snakes that are not poisonous and spread this awareness among the people.

Unleash Your Creativity

Organize a drawing class and invite your friends to draw a unique species of snake. This idea will prove to be very conducive to both educational and artistic purposes.

Domestication and Care

Mostly, domestication of snakes doesn’t seem to be a practical activity because of the fears and misunderstandings surrounding them. Usually corn snakes are domesticated as they are bred in a way that they look different as compared to the wild snakes.

However, caring for domesticated snakes requires careful consideration of their specific needs. For example, it is necessary to select an appropriate enclosure with proper heating, hiding spots, and a secure lid.

World Snake Day Dates

2024 July 16Tuesday
2025July 16Wednesday
2026July 16Thursday
2027July 16 Friday
2028July 16 Sunday


Various factors endanger some snake species, which include habitat loss (due to human activities), illegal wildlife trading, pollution, and climate change. All these pressures disrupt the ecosystems of snakes and affect their prey availability. Luckily, snakes are not hunted mostly, yet their population number is declining.

No, the rainbow snake (scientific name: Farancia erytrogramma) is not venomous. However, due to its beautiful colored look, this non-venomous aquatic snake is completely harmless to humans. This snake is mostly found in the streams and swamps in southern Maryland and eastern Virginia.

The Inland Taipan and the Black Mamba (fastest snake in the world) are the 2 species of snakes which are considered as the most deadly snakes in the world. When they bite someone, it immediately can kill the humans.

Mudassar Ahmad

He is a seasoned blogger since 2012 and an M.Phil graduate in English Linguistics. He captivates readers with his eloquent prose and insightful perspectives. His passion for language and dedication to crafting compelling content make him a trusted voice in the online sphere. Explore the world through Ahmad's literary lens.

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