How Can Snakes Communicate

Snakes are not social creatures, their interaction with other Hackensack snakes will be limited. The snakes are not properly equipped to create an extensive and intricate communication. Perhaps this is because, the airborne sound that they can hear is also limited. Nonetheless, snakes can still communicate. The messages contained in their communication will be related to defending, hunting foods, and finding possible mate. In this article, we will discuss how snakes convey messages with others.

Ways on How Snakes Can Communicate
Snakes do not have the same ear structure of mammals. Their hearing organ is connected to their jaw that enables them to pick vibration. With their crafty behavior, the snakes can still communicate using a variety of methods.

Vomeronasal System
While some of their senses are lacking, the snakes can also make use of their tongue to analyze the chemical cues that are present in the air. They may use their vomeronasal system. Jacobson’s organ is the main part of the vomeronasal system. It is in the mouth’s roof that comes with two openings where the chemical cues will be entering. In case you encounter a snake that is flicking its tongue, this may mean that it is collecting chemicals that are dispersed in the air. This will help the snake to determine where the smell is coming from. The snakes will be using this system when tracking the movement of a predator or prey. They can also communicate with the other snakes by collecting the chemicals that the other snakes are emitting.

While moving, the snakes tend to leave chemical cues. One of the most essential chemicals that they will release would be pheromones. Pheromones can be left on the substrate and there are also type of pheromones that can be dispersed in the air. Some of the messages contained in the pheromones would be the age, reproductive condition, and gender of the snake. Some juvenile Hackensack snakes will follow the trails of pheromones left by the adult. This will help them locate for communal den that they can use during winter.

Snakes can also communicate through movement. The male snake can jerk and twitch when they need to asses the receptivity of the female snake. This is like a courting movement that will encourage the approval of the female snake. During certain situation, the female snakes will be raising its tail to indicate their approval.

While some New Jersey snakes will rattle tail in the presence of the predator, most snakes will not be able to pickup the sounds that are airborne. However, there are some snakes that can challenge this concept such as the King Cobra. The hissing sound that it releases will be in lower frequency compared to the other snakes. Their social interaction and complex hissing sound have encouraged other researchers to determine if these snakes can communicate through hissing.

There are different reasons why the snakes will choose to communicate. Whether they are solitary or social animals, they still need to communicate with others to relay an important message.

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