A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
For all the danger posed to Florida's Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there's one thing researchers don't want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into ...
Python devours wallaby in giant meal: Australian ranger
An Australian ranger has captured the moment a python swallowed a wallaby at a national park in a giant feast that could keep it full for three months.
US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade
(AP)—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species.
Black market for python skins worth $1 bn a year
Illegal python skins worth an estimated $1 billion are being imported into Europe every year to feed growing demand for the luxury leather, according to a new report.
Python's homing trick stuns scientists
The Burmese python has a built-in compass that allows it to slither home in a near-straight line even if released dozens of kilometres away, researchers said Wednesday.
Burmese pythons pose little risk to people in Everglades
The estimated tens of thousands of Burmese pythons now populating the Everglades present a low risk to people in the park, according to a new assessment by U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service ...
The rapid evolution of cobra venom
A new study has provided the first comprehensive insight into how snake venom evolved into the sophisticated cocktail of different proteins it is today.
Secrets to 'extreme adaptation' found in Burmese python genome
The Burmese python's ability to ramp up its metabolism and enlarge its organs to swallow and digest prey whole can be traced to unusually rapid evolution and specialized adaptations of its genes and the way ...
Hunt is on for tegu lizards in South Florida
The Argentine tegu lizard doesn't grow nearly as big as a Burmese python but it may be a greater threat to South Florida's native animals.
Beavers reshape landscapes with their dams. Wolves control elk populations. Sea otters protect kelp forests by eating sea urchins. These are what ecologists call "keystone" species: critters that control ...
40 pythons found in Canadian hotel
Little more than a week after a giant python crushed two young Canadian boys to death, police have recovered 40 of the snakes from a hotel room.
Aussie snakes slither into species book
Scientists have added dozens of Australian species to the family of small worm-like snakes called Scolecophidia, which are some of the least-understood creatures on Earth.
Burmese pythons prove elusive prey in Florida challenge
Strapped to Billy Bullard's hip was a machete he'd bought at a yard sale. In his fist were 4-foot-long metal snake tongs. Attached to the tongs was a high-resolution waterproof camera he called a "snake-cam."
Python hunt in Everglades nets just 68: organizers
Hundreds of hunters spent a month combing Florida's Everglades for Burmese pythons, in the end capturing and killing 68 of the slithery, invasive reptiles, organizers said.