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Image of the Day
Catherine Offord | Jan 8, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Four-legged Snake Fossil Found
Bob Grant | Jul 27, 2015
Researchers discover an unprecedented paleontological relic that may just rewrite the book on snake evolution.
How Boas Kill
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 23, 2015
Boa constrictors hunt by cutting off their preys’ blood supplies, not by suffocation, a study shows.
Snakebites Get DNA Fingerprint Treatment
Bob Grant | Nov 4, 2014
Researchers have developed a technique for determining the species of snake responsible for a bite by sequencing genetic material from the fang marks.
Snake Imitators Persist
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 12, 2014
A harmless snake in the Carolina Sandhills has been mimicking a poisonous species for decades, and has become a better imitator since the latter went extinct.
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 21, 2014
Invasive snakes in Florida show evidence of a compass sense they use to navigate back to home territory.
Snakes on a Visual Plane
Tracy Vence | Oct 28, 2013
Researchers detect neurons in the macaque brain that selectively respond to images of reptilian predators.
Wild and Sexless
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 17, 2012
Scientists find snakes give “virgin birth” in the wild for the first time
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2012
An anthropologist and a herpetologist join forces to reveal the complex shared evolutionary and ecological history of pythons and primates.
Snake Toxin Reveals Pain Clues
Tia Ghose | Nov 16, 2011
The venom from the Texas coral snake causes intense pain by targeting acid-sensing ion channels, providing researchers with potential new targets for pain therapies.