Sunny spots for rattlesnakes also attract predators

Removing tree canopy to create breeding areas for timber rattlesnakes also brings in predators like hawks and bobcats, research finds.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation trees snakes earth-and-environment predators rattlesnakes

Curious Kids: why do so many dangerous animals live in Australia?

Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world.

Louise Gentle, Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution animals australia curious-kids snakes

Why do snakes produce venom? Not for self-defence, study shows

Relax, snakes aren't out to get you.

Kevin Arbuckle, Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, Swansea University • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  reptiles  snakes  herpetology  snake-venom  self-defence  animal-biology  predator-prey-interaction

Vanishing snakes highlight the biodiversity crisis

After frogs in protected area of Panama died off en masse, the snakes that ate them began to disappear, too. It shows the extent of our "biodiversity crisis."

Layne Cameron-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity extinction snakes amphibians earth-and-environment predators


Indian cobra genome could lead to better anti-venom

"For the first time, we now have a full list of venom-relevant toxin genes of the Indian cobra." The genome sequencing could lead to new anti-venom.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: genomes snakes drug-development science-and-technology health-and-medicine venom

Where do rattlesnakes hide out in the winter?

A snake expert answers questions about rattlesnakes in the winter, including why they hibernate and where they do it.

Emily Litvack-U. Arizona • futurity
Nov. 22, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: seasons snakes science-and-technology

Face to face with DR Congo's deadly vipers

Photographer Hugh Kinsella Cunningham captures close-up portraits of some of the world's most dangerous snakes.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 17, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: photography snakes democratic-republic-of-congo

Snakebites: Like having my hand smashed by a hammer'

The bites are a "hidden" health crisis causing a death every four minutes, says World Health Organization

By Tulip Mazumdar • bbcnews
May 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: world-health-organization-who snakes

An ancient person ate a whole rattlesnake. Why?

An entire rattlesnake turned up in a coprolite, or fossilized feces. Here are two potential explanations.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
April 26, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: archaeology food fossils religion snakes indigenous-people featured society-and-culture feces ancient-history

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