All snakes are carnivores and eat lizards, other snakes, smaller mammals, birds, eggs, fish, snails, or insects. Snakes don’t have teeth so they just swallow their food. The main factor in a snake’s diet is its size, because that determines what it can eat. Sometimes diet is particular to a species. How often snakes eat depends on digestion. In the wild snakes eat sporadically, and how often they eat depends on how fast they digest. Snakes do not have to eat very often, because their entire intestine enters a reduced state between meals to conserve energy. When a snake eats the the intestine activates to full capacity to digest prey. The ideal temperature for snakes to digest at is 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) and temperature is important because snakes are ectothermic i.e. cold-blooded.
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