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    Do snakes yawn?

    Random question, I realize, but I'm a new BP owner and I've seen Smaug yawn twice...or at least that's exactly what it looks like. It's adorable as anything, so I really hope it is just a yawn and not some sort of weird behavior I should be worried about. So...do snakes yawn?

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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    Well yeah, I don't think they are actually yawning though. Usually they do it after a meal to realign their jaws.

    Unless he is doing it constantly, its perfectly normal. Once or twice here and there, no big.
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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    Mine does whenever I change his enclosure or add something. He tends to do it while "exploring".


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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    All the ones I have ever had do occasionally....

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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    Mine does every now and then when he comes out for the night or when I'm holding him. I always figured he was just stretching after being still for so long.

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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    I don't know if they "yawn" for the same physiological reasons that we do...but they appear to. Excluding the need to realign their jaw after eating. they will just randomly "yawn" from time to time. Sometimes stress can cause it. Constant yawning or gaping jaws is a serious indicator of a respiratory infection.
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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    They do...
    Besides of repositioning jaws after meal they do sometimes randomly
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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    My Snakey "yawns", too. It startled me the first time she did it when I was holding her. Lol.



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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    i keep balls carpets and GTPs and all of them do it from time to time, aside from realigning the jaw, they seem to do it when i wake them up in the middle of the day just like we yawn in the morning. wether its just "waking up" or stretching i donno, but then again, don't we usually stretch when we yawn in the morning anyways?

    i always think its cool when the GTPs do it, their teeth are huge.


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    Re: Do snakes yawn?

    Yep, snakes yawn!
    Here's a picture of Bender yawning:

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