Over the past five years, more than 200 new species have been found in the Eastern Himalayas and noted in scientific studies.
Western Serpentiform Skinks, a remote species that looks like a snake but has the arms and tongue of a lizard, have been considered extinct for a long time. But a recent photographed sighting in Kenya suggests there is hope – and more to learn about this reclusive species.
A yellow-bellied watersnake gave birth for the second time in it's life without genetic contribution of a male in a rare process known as asexual reproduction.
Australia, which is already home to a preponderance of the world's venomous snakes, is the home of a new species of Death Adder named the Kimberley death adder that uses it's tail to lure its prey.
A 260-million-year-old fossil species Eunotosaurus africanus sheds new light on turtle evolution. Details of its skull provide the real clues.
Despite their long, long time on Earth, sharks and ray-finned fishes are losing in the competition of species proliferation. An evolutionary biologist has findings regarding land vs. water, and predictions for other biodiversity patterns.
Boa constrictors are not causing slow, painful deaths, say researchers.
It's very rare for a disease to boast a 100 percent mortality rate. Rabies, for instance, is considered the deadliest disease in the world and even it has seen a handful of exceptionally lucky survivors. However, in the case of a new fungal disease sweeping through North American snakes, experts are reporting only death and more death.
Today's snakes are known for slithering on the ground, but new surprising research says that the first snakes on Earth were likely stealthy predators that boasted legs, ankles, and even toes.
Florida officials have long been waging war with invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades National Park, where an ever-growing (but still hard to find) population of invasive pythons is so prevalent that it's taking a notable chunk out of local mammal populations. Unfortunately, most ecologists won't hesitate to say that the pythons are winning. Now however, the results of a new study may turn the tables, providing new information that can help focus efforts.
Researchers have long had anecdotal evidence that the mammal population in the Florida Everglades - a region famous for its wild and rich biodiversity - was on the decline. That's right, 'mammals' - as in all that's cute, furry, savage, and sly - ranging from skunks, to bats, to even bobcats. Now a new study has found the first concrete example of this decline, with invasive pythons named as the primary killers of the region's disappearing marsh rabbits.
For more than a decade, a vial of rare snake venom has been sitting in a lab while scientists stared it down, scratching their heads in wonder. Understanding how exactly a toxin works is a very important step in creating an antivenin (antivenom) for snake bites. However, in the case of rare coral snakes, how it caused severe seizures in its victims had remained an utter mystery, until now.
Scientists have discovered what may be the oldest known snake fossils, between 143 and 167 million years old, which could possibly push back the evolutionary origins of these legless reptiles, according to new research.
The lack of venom variation discovered in a certain snake species is challenging the conventional theory of how these toxins evolve in these slithering reptiles, as well as provides crucial information for snake conservation, according to a new study.
Snakes may not have evolved in the way that researchers have long thought. That is, where snakes evolved to become more simple over time, losing the limbs that their reptilian ancestors may have boasted. Now, a new study suggests just the opposite, finding evidence that snake vertebrate is not all that "simplified" after all.