Snakes Use Their Spongy Mouths to Drink

Snakes Use Their Spongy Mouths to Drink

Snakes don’t have lips, they can’t lap up water, and they don’t grab mouthfuls of water and tip their heads back to swallow, so how do they drink? Turns out, some snakes have sponge-mouths that literally soak up water!

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cottonmouths_(12676608314).jpg

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