Death in the long grass: Myanmar's snake bite menace
Swaying with the hypnotic rhythm of the king cobra rearing up in front of him, Myanmar snake charmer Sein Tin feels protected from the venomous kiss of his dancing partner by an intricate array of "magical" ...
Evolution and venomous snakes: Diet distinguishes look-alikes on two continents
On opposite sides of the globe over millions of years, the snakes of North America and Australia independently evolved similar body types that helped them move and capture prey more efficiently.
Loss of African wildlife spurs a cascade of consequences in savannas
(Phys.org) —In African savannas, when the large animals are away, the mice—and snakes, fleas and ticks—will play.
Researchers find oldest fossil evidence of modern African venomous snakes
Ohio University scientists have found the oldest definitive fossil evidence of modern, venomous snakes in Africa, according to a new study published March 19 in the journal PLOS ONE.
Why are some snakes so venomous?
Australia is world famous for its venomous critters, including its many highly venomous snakes.
Snake venom collected decades ago remains as potent as ever
Snake venom collected decades ago is as potent as ever, an international team of researchers has concluded. So we may be able to use it for research rather than collecting more in the field - good news for ...
Vintage venoms lose none of their bite
(Phys.org) —Venoms stored for up to 80 years remain biologically active, new research shows.
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.
Scientists describe two new gorgonian soft coral species
Gorgonians are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa- a creature from the Greek mythology ...
First venomous crustacean discovered living in underwater caves
Snakes alive: Вeadly tenants nesting in Australian suburbs
They are the nightmare tenants who can live undetected alongside Australian families for years: the world's deadliest snakes.
Creating life-saving drugs from deadly venom
When faced with a scorpion, poisonous snake, jellyfish or tarantula, most people would beat a hasty retreat. For a team of scientists investigating the therapeutic potential of their venom, these are however ...
Dracula's children may lead to novel drug design
(Phys.org) —Vampire bat venom could hold the key to new treatments for stroke and high blood pressure.
Demand for exotic pets pushes species to the brink
Poisonous frogs, long-necked turtles, bears and chimpanzees may not be everyone's idea of an animal companion, but experts warn that demand for exotic pets is pushing some species closer to extinction.