The large wandering spider bites forever
The fangs of the large wandering spider (Cupiennius salei) are incisively shaped, right to the tip. The spider uses its curved fang to grasp its prey, punctures its chitinous armour and injects venom into t ...
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.
Study looks at venom variation in closely related snake species
Specialist researchers from LSTM have identified the diverse mechanisms by which variations in venom occur in related snake species and the significant differences in venom pathology that occur as a consequence.
First widespread look at evolution of venomous centipedes
Venomous creatures usually conjure up images of hissing snakes or stinging scorpions—but for scientists Bryan Fry, et. al., an overlooked group —centipedes—are all the rage.
Researcher publishes clingfish discoveries
(Phys.org) —Sometimes we think we know everything about something only to find out we really don't, said a Texas A&M University scientist.
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.
Spider DNA spurs search into arachnid secrets
Scientists on Tuesday published the first spider genome, helping the quest to uncover secrets which could lead to smarter insecticides and man-made super-strong spider silk.
Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive
Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds—the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the ...
Cone snails have multiple venoms
(Phys.org) —Cone snails change "weapons" depending on whether they are hunting or defending themselves, University of Queensland researchers have discovered.
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 ...
Resistance shapes the discovery of new insecticides
Recent news around the world has focused on the dangers of antibiotic resistance. But what of another type of resistance which can also have a huge impact on the population: that to insecticides? ...