Increase in metal concentrations in Rocky Mountain watershed tied to warming temperatures
(Phys.org)—Warmer air temperatures since the 1980s may explain significant increases in zinc and other metal concentrations of ecological concern in a Rocky Mountain watershed, reports a new study led by the U.S. Geological ...
Flexible snake armour: Biology could inspire systems in engineering with minimized abrasion
Snakes are highly specialized legless animals, which have evolved around 150 Million years ago. Although without extremities their body is exposed to constant friction forces. The PhD-Student Marie-Christin ...
Science puts snakes on a plain (Update)
(Phys.org) -- Researchers at Yale have identified an ancient slithering creature from the time of T. rex as the most primitive known snake, a finding with implications for the debate over snake origins.
Indian snake charmers urged to switch to fakes
Animal rights group PETA on Friday called on India's snake charmers to use fake reptiles during an upcoming serpent festival and spare the animals their annual torture.
New scarlet snake found in Cambodia
A new species of snake which is scarlet with black and white rings has been discovered in Cambodia's rainforest, conservationists announced on Monday.
The Saint Lucia racer takes the title of world's rarest snake
Conservationists have found the worlds rarest known snake in the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia. A five-month assessment of the Saint Lucia racer, a small non-venomous snake, has revealed that as few ...
Tool-wielding robots crawl in bodies for surgery
Imagine a tiny snake robot crawling through your body, helping a surgeon identify diseases and perform operations.
Big-mouthed babies drove the evolution of giant island snakes
Some populations of tiger snakes stranded for thousands of years on tiny islands surrounding Australia have evolved to be giants, growing to nearly twice the size of their mainland cousins. Now, new research ...
Taking America's rarest snake back to the woods
On May 1, USDA Forest Service, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Memphis Zoo, and other partners released seven young Louisiana pine snakes on a restored longleaf ...
Call to save Australia's disappearing sea snakes
Australias sea snakes may be more in danger of extinction than previously thought, marine scientists say.
Fishermen blast premier dive sites off Indonesia
(AP) -- Coral gardens that were among Asia's most spectacular, teeming with colorful sea life just a few months ago, have been transformed into desolate gray moonscapes by fishermen who use explosives or ...
Athletic frogs have faster-changing genomes
Physically fit frogs have faster-changing genomes, says a new study of poison frogs from Central and South America.
Scientists discover new threat to birds posed by invasive pythons
Smithsonian scientists and their colleagues have uncovered a new threat posed by invasive Burmese pythons in Florida and the Everglades: The snakes are not only eating the area's birds, but also the birds' ...
Australian zoo probes mystery rhino deaths
An Australian outback zoo was Wednesday investigating the sudden and mystifying deaths of four white rhinos who showed "neurologic abnormalities" like stumbling.