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 | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

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

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 | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology drug-development genomes snakes 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 | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology seasons 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 | April 26, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

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 | April 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | Feb. 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry light robots snakes

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 | Feb. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine death snakes

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 | Feb. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

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