Tell Me Why Snakes Shed Their Skin

Tell Me Why Snakes Shed Their Skin

Susan H. Gray

Language: English

Pages: 28

ISBN: 2:00366394

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Young children are naturally curious about animals. Snakes Shed Their Skin offers answers to their most compelling questions about why snakes shed periodically. Age-appropriate explanations and appealing photos encourage readers to continue their quest for knowledge. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.

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snake sheds its skin in one piece. If a snake is sick, its skin comes off in pieces. If its environment is too dry, it pulls off in shreds. A snake with skin problems will not shed properly, either. 14 e the same pattern as th s ha ed sh en be s ha at Skin th colorless. snake’s body, but it is 15 Snakes do not have eyelids. Instead, the eyes are covered by special scales. These are clear scales that form caps over the eyes. Before a molt, fluid fills the eye caps. The fluid makes the eyes

losing old fur, feathers, a shell, or skin so that new ones can grow nutrients (NOO-tree-uhnts) substances that living things need to grow and stay healthy reptile (REP-tile) a cold-blooded animal with a backbone and scales that breathes air and reproduces on land; most reptiles have four legs and reproduce by laying eggs species (SPEE-sheez) one type, or kind, of plant or animal Find Out More Books: Gibbons, Gail. Snakes. New York: Holiday House, 2010. O’Neill, Amanda. I Wonder Why Snakes Shed

18 python, 9, 21 scales, 16 shedding, 6, 7, 12–17, 18 skin, 6, 8, 18 snakeskins, 11, 15 spiders, 18 About the Author Susan H. Gray has a master’s degree in zoology. She has worked in research and has taught college-level science classes. Susan has also written more than 140 science and reference books, but especially likes to write about animals. She and her husband, Michael, live in Cabot, Arkansas. 24

students locate information and learn new words.”—Provided by publisher. Audience: Ages 6–10 Audience: K to grade 3 Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-63362-616-4 (hardcover)—ISBN 978-1-63362-706-2 (pbk.)—ISBN 978-1-63362-796-3 (pdf)—ISBN 978-1-63362-886-1 (ebook) 1. Snakes—Behavior—Juvenile literature. 2. Molting— Juvenile literature. 3. Children’s questions and answers. [1. Snakes.] I. Title. II. Series: Tell me why (Cherry Lake Publishing) QL666.O6G682 2016 597.96—dc23

watching. The zoo worker continued, “Before molting, the skin gets loose. Then molting begins. It always starts at the head. The snake rubs its face against something rough. Then the skin begins to split.” 8 ons like this one. ding pyth All snakes shed, inclu 9 The zoo worker said the skin peels back when the snake moves forward. “Usually the skin comes off in one big piece,” she said. “Molting usually takes about half an hour. After molting, the snake’s color is brighter. Its eyes become

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