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

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

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

Sea snake and elephant skin have a trick in common

New research uncovers a surprising commonality between the skin of elephants and that of sea snakes.

Rachel Wayne-Florida • futurity
April 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: evolution water skin snakes elephants science-and-technology

Desert snakes mimic light waves to slither through sand

The way desert snakes change direction when they encounter an obstacle could help design better search and rescue robots, researchers say.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Feb. 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: robots light snakes biomimicry science-and-technology

4 ways new strategy aims to prevent snakebite deaths

A new World Health Organization strategy will try to fight the effects of deadly snakebites, which affect almost 5.5 million people every year.

Kathryn Powley-U. Melbourne • futurity
Feb. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: death snakes health-and-medicine

How do sea snakes in salt water get a drink?

When researchers found that sea snakes need freshwater, a new mystery emerged: How do they find it?

Rachel Wayne-Florida • futurity
Feb. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: water snakes oceans featured science-and-technology salt

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