News tagged with snake

Why do snakes flick their tongues?

Many people think a snake's forked tongue is creepy. Every so often, the snake waves it around rapidly, then retracts it. Theories explaining the forked tongues of snakes have been around for thousands of ...

Jul 31, 2014 4.8 / 5 (8) 0

How the snake got its venom

The venom of advanced snakes is a mixture of dozens of different proteins and is an example of an evolutionary innovation – a novel trait that has arisen in a particular animal group and which has contributed ...

Aug 11, 2014 5 / 5 (7) 0

Young smooth snakes rely on reptiles

A new way of using DNA analysis to find out what reptiles have been eating has revealed that the UK's rarest snake species may be under pressure because it needs very different kinds of food at different ...

Aug 11, 2014 5 / 5 (1) 0