You ever see a snake hole in the ground and wonder

How does a snake dig a tunnel?

Do they just bang their head into the ground over and over?

Maybe they take mouthfuls of dirt and move them somewhere, but where? So they swallow it?

A web search has been inconclusive. Many say that snakes live in holes but don’t create them. Then there’s a video of a bull snake digging a hole but with its body, so they do dig holes but I still need to know how they get started.


Like burrowing owls, who take over ground squirrel burrows, I wonder if snakes, especially predatory snakes, might not take over their prey's burrows.

I've seen gopher snakes' tails protruding from fresh gopher burrows, probably while hunting.

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