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How do snakes eat big prey?

Despite what you may have heard, snakes don't unhinge their jaws to eat prey. Instead their jawbone is not rigidly attached, allowing the bone to twist and pivot. Additionally, the lower jaw is actually two separate bones connected in the front by an elastic ligament. This allows them to open their jaw very wide and to move each side of the jaw independently. With all of this flexibility, it is a snap for a snake to wrap its mouth around large prey.