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Old 11-16-2016, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
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?
That's true. A snake's ribs stop around about the vent, which in a ball python, leaves about two inches of tail, just vertebrae. Probably wouldn't mess up my original estimate by too much