How do snakes poop?

This is a question that surprisingly comes up more frequently than expected, but this is still a topic not often explained in detail.

Snakes poop less frequently than 95% of the population of living creators, this is due to only having a meal which can be months apart from one another.

Since snakes can go sometimes up to a year without 1 meal, this in turn has the same effect on their pooping routine, yes snakes can go a whole year with never needing to go to the toilet.

Snakes poop through their Cloaca, in less technical terms this is the bum, the poo. Since male and female snakes’ sexual organs are internal, the poo and wee comes from the same area.

As snakes digest their food whole, this takes much longer to breakdown with stomach acids.

For larger meals this can take up to a month, a large deer for a extremely large snake such as reticulated pythons, burmese pythons or even African rock pythons.

A snake will only poop when the whole prey item is ready to be desposed of, unlike birds which can take up to 50 poops a day.

Once they have disposed of their wasted a snake will often begin its hunt for its next meal as the body is ready for the next meal cycle.

Just like most other animals snake poop is made up of two parts:

The fecal fragment, this is a scientific name for the poo.

And the uric acid which is the snake’s urine.

So do snakes have tails?

Yes, they have a tail and this is from the point of the cloaca down to the tip of their tails.

Before owning snakes, I always thought that a snake was just a tail with a head!