Hi - I'm a second-year science teacher working with youth in a special education high school facility in Virginia. I have a 9th grade biology student who is highly intelligent and loves snakes, and to complete his course he needs to do a science project. He wants to do one on snake skeletons and/or scales. Problem is, I don't know much about snakes, I don't have a biology background, and I don't know WHAT he can do on this topic. Does anyone have any ideas? Or, does anyone know where I can get my hands on a free snake skeleton? (our school has no extra money for single-student projects.) I want to foster my student's passion for snakes, and I need help!
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Maybe you could ask a local zoo or pet store if they had any shed snake skin he could have. Maybe he could study how and why a snake sheds its skin.
Drawing out the head patterns of different snakes would be a great project. The scale pattern on the heads of snakes is the best way to identify different species which are similiar in all other ways.