Snakes: Understand them, avoid them

Snakes, whether we like them or fear them, are becoming more active this time of year and activity will increase as spring temperatures climb.

Seminal plugs cost red-sided garter snakes dearly

Bubbling out of their hibernation burrows as the temperature begins to rise, male red-sided garter snakes only have one thing on their mind: mating. And with females in short supply, the pressure is on. But how much effort ...

Snakes in evolutionary arms race with poisonous newt

The rough-skinned newt is easily one of the most toxic animals on the planet, yet the common garter snake routinely eats it. How does a newt which produces enough toxin to kill several grown humans almost immediately manage ...

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