snakes

  • Recoiling the 7 best snake stories of 2021

    Seven of our favourite danger-noodle stories from the past year.

    Snake season is upon us. Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that these are some of the most fasci...

    Animals December 26, 2021
  • 5 remarkable reptile facts herpetologists want you to know

    Scientists share their wackiest, weirdest and most interesting reptile facts.

    Today is Reptile Awareness Day! We reached out to our lizard-loving scientist friends to learn their favourite reptil...

    News October 21, 2021
  • Snakes dined out after dinosaurs died out

    The emergence of a diverse diet propelled snake evolution.

    Around 66 million years ago, the dinosaurs died out. But it wasn’t a sad day for everyone, with mammal and bird evolu...

    Evolution October 15, 2021
  • Lizard vs snake: Venom showdown

    Unravelling the secrets of defence against one of Australia’s deadly snakes.

    The humble blue-tongue lizard, an iconic Aussie species, is resistant to the venom of the deadly red-bellied black sn...

    Animals September 7, 2021
  • Snakes need to stretch, scientists say

    The minimum enclosure size for snakes in captivity should enable them to stretch out fully, say a...

    An international team of researchers including scientists from the University of Adelaide, has found overwhelming evi...

    Animals July 3, 2021
  • Snakes move like sine waves

    The physics of sidewinder snake movement.

    Physicists have long studied the unique movement of snakes, and now they have proof that there’s more to snakeskin th...

    Core Sciences February 3, 2021
  • Animal magnetism is real

    Snakes repel venom via a magnet-like mechanism.

    Franz Mesmer might have been on to something when he described animal magnetism as an invisible force possessed by al...

    Animals January 15, 2021
  • Smart new snakey moves

    Lasso-like reptilian locomotion is a killer for tropical island wildlife.

    Brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) appear to have evolved a whole new way of moving that could help explain how th...

    Animals January 13, 2021
  • Viper uses zig and zag to bamboozle predators

    One pattern has three uses, research finds.

    The European viper (genus Vipera) is designed to deceive, it seems.New research from Finland suggests that the ch...

    Animals May 25, 2020
  • A feed like this is getting harder to get

    When frogs die off, snake diversity plummets.

    In the past two decades scientists have seen 90 amphibian species go extinct and more than 500 others be badly affect...

    Animals February 16, 2020
  • India’s snakebite regime found wanting

    Too many antivenoms are not fit for purpose, study shows.

    Antivenoms commercially available in India are inefficient in treating the effects of many snakebites, researchers sa...

    Body and Mind December 17, 2019
  • When snakes had legs

    Fossil analysis adds more pieces to the evolutionary puzzle.

    Snakes had legs for quite a while, but it was quite a while ago, according to analysis of a rare fossil find.Palaeo...

    Palaeontology November 20, 2019
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