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Old 11-16-2016, 05:32 PM
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Quoth araminty:

Extrapolating from this table from this paper, a ball python of around 4ft would likely have just over 200 vertebrae. So 200 + 400 ribs,...
Would a snake actually have twice as many ribs as vertebrae, though? We mammals certainly have sets of a vertebra flanked by a pair of ribs, but not for the entire length of our bodies: We have no ribs in our necks, or our tails, or the lower portion of our torsos. I'm not sure exactly what proportions of a snake's length correspond to those parts (it all looks the same from the outside), but surely there's at least some?