That venomous vipers such as rattlesnakes have much faster strikes than nonvenomous snakes. In some cases, harmless snakes actually have speedier strikes. Penning normally studies nonvenomous snakes, such as the Texas rat snake Pantherophis obsoletus , but he became interested in how the snakes—which grow up to six feet 1. See National Geographic's pictures of snakes. So the team designed a chamber that allowed them to safely film rat snakes striking at a stuffed glove, as well as strikes from two venomous vipers: In the Blink of an Eye High-speed video cameras allowed researchers to compare the strike performance of harmless and venomous snakes.
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See the Top 10 Questions Snake Basics Snakes are vertebrates — that means they have a skeleton, which in the case of snakes is mostly a skull and lots and lots of rib bones. They do not have ears as most of us think of an ear. They do have a sensory ear bone, called the columella , which detects vibrations.