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    Can Charmed Snakes Hear the Music?

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    Have you ever seen a traditional snake charmer and wondered if the cobra was really dancing to the music? Although it appears that the snake is moving with the sound of the music being played by the person charming the snake, snakes can’t hear a thing because they don’t have external ears.

    Have you ever seen a traditional snake charmer and wondered if the cobra was really dancing to the music?
    Although it appears the snake is moving with the sound of the music played by the charmer, snakes can’t hear a thing because they don’t have external ears.

    In fact, snakes are only able to pick up very low frequency sounds.

    So why does it look like they’re dancing?

    When something threatening is being put in the face of the snake, they raise their bodies into a defensive posture.

    In traditional snake charming, the performer sits cross legged playing a flute type instrument, while the snake slowly rises out of the basket into a vertical standing position, but the snake doesn’t attack.

    According to Doctor Wolfgang Wuster, who studies the snakes: “Cobras …will rear up for a considerable period of time when cornered, but will not attempt to strike. Second, the flute is a rather hard object, and once the cobra has bitten it a few times, it will probably learn that this is both painful and futile, and desist in future.”

    The movement of the snake is not along with the music but rather follows the movement of the performer and his instrument.