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 thylacine or dodo in my home nation of South Africa was unlikely, I was lucky...

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 largest snakes, and they have become notorious in the past decade as one of...

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. The snake was 18 feet 2 inches (5.5 meters) long and weighed about 150 pounds (68 kilograms). The...

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 “I’d like to have you over for dinner” is a terrifying invite. (See “Surprise! Male Spiders Eat...

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 Grave Worried about shark attacks? Some experts say that punching a shark near the eyes will...

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 Grave Worried about shark attacks? Some experts say that punching a shark near the eyes will...

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. The 20-inch-long (52 cm) snake was found within the zoo’s Reptile House less than 100 feet...

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 of dead males. Some of these sperm have been stored for long enough that these males...

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 of dead males. Some of these sperm have been stored for long enough that these males...