A new study details the evolution of snakes and how they came to boast a venomous bite, challenging the conventional view of how the species got their toxic label.
Evidence of the biggest venomous snake to ever slither across the earth had long been lost, that is, until recently when researchers found a new fossil in Greece that proves today's king cobras were not always rulers of these reptiles.
Venomous snake bites, even potentially fatal ones, are not difficult to treat for modern medicine. However, if the snake that did the biting can't be identified, it's much harder for professionals to administer the right anti-venom in time. Now researchers have crafted a test that could potentially change all that, quickly and accurately identifying the venom that courses through a patient.
In a stunning turn of events, it has been scientifically confirmed that the offspring of a virgin captive snake named Thelma are hers and hers alone, boasting no genetic information from a male parent. This is a remarkably rare example of a "virgin birth," a natural phenomenon that still leaves experts scratching their heads.
Venomous snakes are scary when they're alive, and now reports say they can still deliver a dangerous bite even after they're dead.
It appears that tree-climbing snakes may actually be afraid of heights - or at least you'd think so based on how tightly they grip branches. Researchers have found that when a snake climbs a tree, it holds on up to five times harder than necessary.
Bee, snake or scorpion venom could lead the way towards the next generation of cancer-fighting drugs, scientists reported at the American Chemical Society (ACS) conference this week.
In the spirit of today, World Snake Day, Americans might want to consider the fact that some 150,000 Burmese pythons have invaded Florida's Everglades, and are threatening the local ecosystem and other wildlife.
The lizard or the egg? In a "what came first" scenario for reptiles, researchers are now arguing that "the egg" can't even be an option. The first lizards and snakes likely exclusively gave live birth, according to a recent study.
A species of nocturnal snake once thought to be either extinct or entirely nonexistent has been "rediscovered" by Smithsonian scientists, a new field study reports.
The massive asteroid collision that is thought to have killed dinosaurs 65 million years ago also destroyed the majority of snake and lizard species.