|Thur Mar 17 2022|
1. On St. Patrick’s Day, some notes full of the blarney on why there are no snakes in Ireland:
2. There were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with.
3. There are no signs of snakes in Ireland’s fossil record. In fact, it’s likely that for millennia there weren’t any snakes in either Ireland or Britain, though Britain eventually gained three species of snakes: the Grass Snake, the Adder Snake, and the Smooth Snake.
4. So, how did that happen?
5. During the Ice Age, Ireland and England were too frigid to be suitable habitats for cold-blooded reptiles such as snakes. But then, 10,000 years ago, when the glaciers shifted and land emerges connecting Europe, England, and Ireland, allowing for migration. Animals that did make it to Ireland during this time period included brown bears, lynx, and wild boars.
6. As Popular Science noted, when the glaciers began melting, the land between Ireland and England was covered over 8,500 years ago, but the land between Britain and Europe went underwater 6,500 years ago, allowing more time for snakes to slither over.
7. Of course, we all know that St. Patrick banished snakes from the Emerald Isle in the 5th Century.
8. Don’t we?
9. And here’s the blarney stone.
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14. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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