Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/27 at 04:25 PM


Dear Seymour Simon,

I was reading your book Snakes and I have a question. Do snakes have bones? If they do, can you tell me how many they have?

from Chris at Crockett

Posted by Chris  on  05/17  at  12:20 PM

Hi, Chris. I am always happy to hear from Crockett Elementary Kids!

Snakes are vertebrate animals and have a spine, a skull and ribs. A big snake, such as a boa constrictor, has 800 or more bones.

People don’t have nearly as many bones when they are born. Humans start with 300 to 350 bones, and some of them fuse together as people age. So an adult human has about 280 bones — fewer bones than a child.

Did you see the blog post I did a couple of weeks ago about Rattlesnakes? I think you might like that one. You can read it here:

Posted by Seymour Simon  on  05/17  at  04:18 PM
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