snakes

Finding and Photographing one of South Africa’s Rarest Snakes

As a child, the idea of finding a long-lost dinosaur was my greatest fantasy. As I grew older and learned more about our amazing biodiversity, the idea of rediscovering a more recently lost species took over. While stumbling across a ...

Invasive Pythons Can Find Home 20 Miles Away, Study Says

For Burmese pythons, there’s no place like home—and now a new study shows the snakes can navigate from over 20 miles (36 kilometers) away to get there. At up to 18.8 feet (5.7 meters) long, Burmese pythons are among the world’s ...

18-Foot-Long Monster Python Caught in Florida

What’s longer than a minivan and can swallow a whole deer for dinner? The enormous Burmese python that turned up in the Everglades this week—the second largest found in the fragile Florida wetland environment within the last year. ...

Flesh-Eaters: 5 Cannibalistic Animals

Did you hear about the cannibal who was late for dinner? He got the cold shoulder. Some humans might find cannibal humor in bad taste, but for some animals, it’s no joke. Here are a few creatures for whom “...

5 Trickster Animals That Play Dead

It’s almost Halloween, and the streets will soon be overrun with the undead—carrying trick-or-treat bags, of course. But the animal kingdom is full of these tricksters 24/7. Check out five animals that play dead to stay alive. A Watery ...

5 Trickster Animals That Play Dead

It’s almost Halloween, and the streets will soon be overrun with the undead—carrying trick-or-treat bags, of course. But the animal kingdom is full of these tricksters 24/7. Check out five animals that play dead to stay alive. A Watery ...

Geography in the News: Cobras

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM MISSING COBRA! EEEEK! The escape of a highly venomous Egyptian cobra in March 2011 forced part of the Bronx Zoo’s reptile unit to close for more than a week. ...

Sperm Hoarders: Why Animals Store Semen

Female guppies (Poecilia reticulata) sometimes bring a little extra baggage to a relationship—in the form of a dead male’s sperm. A new study shows that one in four wild guppies in Trinidad and Tobago are fathered by the ...

Sperm Hoarders: Why Animals Store Semen

Female guppies (Poecilia reticulata) sometimes bring a little extra baggage to a relationship—in the form of a dead male’s sperm. A new study shows that one in four wild guppies in Trinidad and Tobago are fathered by the ...