What did the witch say to her crying pet snake?
Quit crying and viper your nose!
October is upon us and with this month comes visions of witches, gouls, goblins and many real life creatures we associate with Halloween such as spiders, snakes and bats — Oh my.
To celebrate Halloween and these wonderful creatures, I will provide you with some fascinating fun facts and silly jokes.
Not all bats are nocturnal. Many bats are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. Many of these species of bats are frugivores, animals whose diet consists mainly of fruit.
All N.C. species of bats are insectivores or insect eaters. Bats are nature’s bug-zappers. A single brown bat can eat up to 1,200 mosquitos a night.
Bats are the only flying mammal. Sugar gliders and flying squirrels do not fly. They use their extra skin to catch air like a hang-glider and glide.
What do bats do at night? AcroBATics, of course.
Snakes smell with their tongue and venomous and non-venomous species of snakes cannot cross-breed.
Due to un-fused jaws, snakes consume their meals whole.
Many species of snakes eat other animals we consider pests such as rats and mice.
What is a snake’s favorite dance? Snake, rattle and roll!
Most spiders are curled up when they are dead because they have muscles to contract their legs, but the extension of the legs is controlled by the circulatory system acting as a hydraulic pump.
When the spider dies, the heart no longer pumps, allowing for balance between the contraction and extension so the legs curl inward.
Spiders are arachnids, not insects. Spiders eat insects and help keep insect populations in check.
Most spiders are harmless to humans. Worldwide there are 34,000 known species of spiders, but only about a dozen have venom that is harmful to humans.
Of the dozens of species native to our state, only two species, the black widow and brown recluse, have venom that is harmful to humans.
What did the spider say to the fly on Halloween? This web is the trick and you are the treat!
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