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How rattlesnakes’ scales help them sip rainwater from their bodies

5 days ago

During storms in the southwestern U.S., some rattlesnakes drink rain droplets from scales on their backs. This unusual…
Ancient snake’s cheekbone sheds light on how modern snake skulls evolved

November 21, 2019

Finding replaces guesswork about snake evolution with empirical evidence. A tiny fossilized cheekbone in a 100-million-year-old snake skull…
This is a render of Najash by Raúl O. Gómez, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
An ancient snake’s cheekbone sheds light on evolution of modern snake skulls

November 21, 2019

New research from a collaboration between Argentinian and the University of Alberta and McGill University paleontologists adds a…
The smallest snake in the world – it is so tiny you’d think it’s a worm

October 2, 2019

If you’ve ever seen the 1997 movie Anaconda, you know that snakes may be pretty big. Well, ok,…
Sea snakes are much better divers than previously believed

April 14, 2019

Sea snakes are great divers and that is not even surprising. They spend a significant part of their…
When Sand-Slithering Snakes Behave Like Light Waves

February 26, 2019

Desert snakes slithering across the sand at night can encounter obstacles such as plants or twigs that alter…
Rattlesnake venom: mild, medium and wicked hot

February 13, 2019

In a surprising evolutionary twist, a new study suggests that while one rattlesnake may routinely feast on lizard…
Taking the bite out of snake venom

February 7, 2019

According to the World Health Organization, about 100,000 people die from venomous snakebites every year. Many of these…
Variable venom – why are some snakes deadlier than others?

January 9, 2019

An international collaboration led by scientists from the National University of Ireland, Galway, The University of St Andrews,…
Breaktrough in snake envenoming

October 5, 2018

Researchers from DTU, Cambridge, and Costa Rica have cracked the code to produce experimental snakebite antivenoms based on…
Military planes helped bringing one of the worst pests to the island of Guam

October 2, 2018

Snakes on a plane – that is how some invasive species may be moving around. A terrifying prospect…
Japanese venomous snakes with characteristics that differ from island to island

September 27, 2018

Habu (Protobothrops flavoviridis) is a venomous snake endemic to Japan. Mr. Hattori, a researcher based in Amami Oshima, not…
Invasive snakes ‘hitchhiking’ on planes

September 26, 2018

A team of international scientists has discovered why brown tree snakes have become one of the most successful…
Genetic Analysis of Florida’s Invasive Pythons Reveals A Tangled Family Tree

August 24, 2018

The study also found that at least a few of the snakes in the invasive South Florida population…
First fossilized snake embryo ever discovered rewrites history of ancient snakes

July 19, 2018

The first-ever discovery of an ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million-year-old amber, provides important new information on the…
Study warns that snake fungal disease could be a global threat

January 2, 2018

A new study warns that a potentially deadly disease caused by the fungus Ophidiomyces ophidiodiicola, which already affects several species…
Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us

October 26, 2017

Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people. Even in developed countries lots of people are…
New Snakebite Treatment Represents Major Advance

October 12, 2017

A University of Arizona researcher developing a therapy to prevent or delay the dangerous results of rattlesnake and…
Saw-scaled vipers are notorious killers, because people cannot be bothered to make proper antivenom

September 6, 2017

Saw-scaled vipers are the most notorious killers from the snake world. These snakes kill more people globally each…
Antivenoms ineffective for common fatal snakebite

September 4, 2017

University of Queensland researchers have found that antivenoms produced using snakes from one region may perform poorly or…
Snake Fungal Disease Identified in Wild British Snakes for First Time

June 20, 2017

Europe’s wild snakes could face a growing threat from a fungal skin disease that has contributed to wild…
Fossil ‘Winged Serpent’ Is a New Species of Ancient Snake, Penn Doctoral Student Finds

May 12, 2017

An ancient sink hole in eastern Tennessee holds the clues to an important transitional time in the evolutionary…
Snake bit? Chemists figure out how to easily and cheaply halt venom’s spread

March 8, 2017

Chemists at the University of California, Irvine have developed a way to neutralize deadly snake venom more cheaply…
Researchers Quantify in High Speed a Viper’s Strike in Nature for the First Time

January 14, 2017

Feeding is paramount to the survival of almost every animal, and just about every living organism is eaten…
Stressed snakes strike first

December 23, 2016

Whether a wild cottonmouth snake will attempt to strike in an encounter depends on its baseline stress level,…
This snake is a killer of killers

October 31, 2016

One of the world’s most beautiful and venomous snakes has a venom unlike that of any other snake,…
Fungal Disease that Threatens Snakes is Widespread in Eastern U.S.

October 25, 2016

A fungal disease that is killing snakes in parts of the United States is present in more states…
How rattlesnakes got, and lost, their venom

September 19, 2016

Millions of years ago, as the snake family tree grew new branches, the ancestor of modern rattlesnakes was…
Team Discovers New Venomous Snake

July 22, 2016

An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of…
Did first snakes crawl from the sea?

June 23, 2016

One of the enduring controversies in evolution is why snakes evolved their long, limbless bodies.  Many scientists now…
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