Snakes are long, limbless, scaly reptiles which slither upon the ground and sometimes swim in water. Some snakes (about one third of species) venomous. Snakes are abundant in warmer climates, and most of them are quite harmless to man. The fastest moving land snake is the Black Mamba, which can move up to 7 miles per hour.
The origin of snakes: Creationist View
Snakes are a group of animals that have frustrated evolutionists for many years. They are anatomically unlike any other vertebrate and can hybridize regularly, supporting the notion that they are a apobaramin. Snakes can be classified into three families based on hybridization data: Boidae (boas and pythons), Colubridae (colubrid snakes), and Viperidae (Vipers). Since hybrids can be formed within each family, but not between any family, each of the three can be classified as a holobaramin, suggesting that an ancestral pair for each family was present on Noah's Ark. Other research suggest multiple holobaramins in each family suggesting up to 12 snake pairs on the Ark during the Flood.
In the Bible, it was a snake (serpent) that persuaded Eve to defy the law set down by God, and eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, this causing the exile of Adam and Eve from Eden. Snakes have since then been associated with evil and deceit.
The origin of snakes: Evolutionist View
Snakes are suborder within the order of Squamata, class of reptiles (Reptilia), subphylum vertebrates, phylum Chordata. They originate from lizard-like reptiles with legs. Their ancestors probably lived under the ground and lost their legs. The most primitive snakes (Boidae and Pythonidae) still have rudimentary back limbs.
Some snake species
- 1. Hennigan, T. 2005. An initial investigation into the baraminology of snakes: order--Squamata, suborder Serpentes. Creation Reasearch Society Quarterly Vol. 42.
- World's Smallest Snake as Thin as Spaghetti, Associated Press, Fox News Channel, August 4, 2008