New thick-shelled turtle species lived with world's biggest snake
The discovery of a new fossil turtle species in Colombia's Cerrejón coal mine by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and the Florida Museum of Natural History helps ...
Ancient snakes living on Madagascar
"Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms," admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University. "Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting ...
Scientists reveal how snakes 'see' at night
Scientists revealed Sunday for the first time how some snakes can detect the faint body heat exuded by a mouse a metre (three feet) away with enough precision and speed to hunt in the dark.
'Anaconda' meets 'Jurassic Park': Study shows ancient snakes ate dinosaur babies (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- The remains of an extraordinary fossil unearthed in 67-million-year-old sediments from Gujarat, western India provide a rare glimpse at an unusual feeding behavior in ancient snakes.
Novel antitoxin strategy developed using 'tagged binding agents'
A study involving the world's deadliest substance has yielded a new strategy to clear toxins from the body—which may lead to more efficient strategies against toxins that may be used in a bioterrorist event, as well as ...
New snake identification guide can help Florida residents enjoy the outdoors
(PhysOrg.com) -- As spring arrives, Floridians become more active outdoors -- and so do snakes.
Snake uses tentacles to 'see' in the dark
Ancient crocodile relative likely food source for Titanoboa
(PhysOrg.com) -- A 60-million-year-old relative of crocodiles described this week by University of Florida researchers in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology was likely a food source for Titanoboa, the la ...
Snake bite: Prevention is best but antivenom treatment must also be improved
Around 5.5 million people are bitten by snakes each year, resulting in some 400,000 amputations and between 20,000 and 125,000 deaths. Despite this, the burden of human suffering caused by snake bite remains largely invisible ...
Florida grapples slippery giant snake invasion
Florida homes and swamps more used to dealing with dangerous critters like alligators now face a more foreign invader -- giant pet snakes escaped into the wild whose numbers are growing at an alarming rate.
Expedition observes hundreds of marine creatures in oil slick
(PhysOrg.com) -- The area affected by the Montara oil spill off the Kimberley coast contains a huge amount of marine life, including some of the most iconic and threatened species in the ocean, according to ...
Report documents the risks of giant invasive snakes in the US
Five giant non-native snake species would pose high risks to the health of ecosystems in the United States should they become established here, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released today.
'Vicious' Giant Python Invading Florida
Study of isolated snakes could help shed light on venom composition
While studying a way to more safely and effectively collect snake venom, University of Florida researchers have noticed the venom delivered by an isolated population of Florida cottonmouth snakes may be changing in response ...