Why Do Snakes Flick Their Tongue?

Today our camera got inspected by Kob, our ambassador corn snake!

Snakes inspect new things by flicking their tongue like Kob is demonstrating. This allows them to bring scents from the air to a specialized organ inside their mouths that can interpret this scent information. This is called a vomeronasal organ and is actually found in lots of animals including cats, horses, and even humans!

Our own vomeronasal organ can’t do very much, but for animals like Kob it is a super smell detector!