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Do snakes have cognitive thought?

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    Random question,

    I was wondering is a snake capabale of cognitive thought?

    If a python was slithering through the jungle floor, could it suddenly think to itself "jeez it sucks to be a snake, I wish I was a bird"?

    Or are animals non cognitive unlike Humans. Is it just eat, defend, shag?
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    Snakes are not the smartest creatures.

    If you looking for animals that might possibly have cognitive abilities, you want to be looking at chimps, crows, dolphins, and such-like. Not snakes (most probably).
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    Random question,

    I was wondering is a snake capabale of cognitive thought?

    If a python was slithering through the jungle floor, could it suddenly think to itself "jeez it sucks to be a snake, I wish I was a bird"?

    Or are animals non cognitive unlike Humans. Is it just eat, defend, shag?
    I don't think they are, but then how would we know anyway?
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    (Original post by LeeC)
    I don't think they are, but then how would we know anyway?
    I am sure there is a scientific way of proving it one way or the other.
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    (Original post by lightburns)
    Snakes are not the smartest creatures.

    If you looking for animals that might possibly have cognitive abilities, you want to be looking at chimps, crows, dolphins, and such-like. Not snakes (most probably).
    Crows? That surprises me. They must have tiny brains.
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    (Original post by M1011)
    Crows? That surprises me. They must have tiny brains.
    Crows are very intelligent. They do very well on puzzles that I'm sure quite a few humans would not do very well at.
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    (Original post by M1011)
    Crows? That surprises me. They must have tiny brains.
    It's not size it's complexity. Crows are known as feathered apes. They're some of the only animals capable of cause and effect reasoning and self-awareness, the latter supposedly even chimps lack.
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    (Original post by Dirac Delta Function)
    Crows are very intelligent. They do very well on puzzles that I'm sure quite a few humans would not do very well at.

    (Original post by Schemilix)
    It's not size it's complexity. Crows are known as feathered apes. They're some of the only animals capable of cause and effect reasoning and self-awareness, the latter supposedly even chimps lack.
    Well there's my bit of learning for the day then

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