Although eating is essential to survival, it also drives the aging process, say researchers from the University of the Pacific who studied the biological effects of consumption using corn snakes.
Virgin births, scientifically called parthenogenesis, may be more common among snakes than previously thought. Understanding this sort of reproduction sheds light on the evolutionary history of vertebrates, researchers say.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reinstated the “python challenge," which will run from Jan. 16 through Feb. 14 this year. Participants compete to catch the largest and longest Burmese pythons, as a means of protecting the Everglades National Park.
From sneezing monkeys, super-small snails, to snakes, 'ninja' sharks, soul-sucking wasps and ancient, armored sea scorpions, 2015 has been a year full of new species. In case you missed the animals recently found hidden among some of the most diverse habitats, Nature World News has a recap for you.
Snakes are remarkable climbers, able to scale nearly all types of trees with varying bark textures. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati recently took a closer look at how some of these slithering animals perform their acrobatic tricks.
Two species of sea snakes previously thought to be extinct were recently spotted Off the coast Of Western Australia. Scientists from James Cook University suggest that there may still be time to save these species.
Not much is known about fishing snakes; however, a recent discovery of three new species may help scientists shed some light on the already elusive creatures.
A new snake species with oversized pitch black eyes and a distinct yellow belly suggests there are still unique animals hiding in the Andes.
Using a recently unearthed 90 million-year-old fossilized reptile skull, researchers reveal new insight regarding how snakes lost their limbs. It turns out the evolutionary characteristic of burrowing plays a key role.
The corn snake's genome has been sequenced for the first time, and reveals important information regarding the gene mutation responsible for albinism.
Scientists from Ghent University have reevaluated the biodiversity of Persian dwarf snakes and found there are actually six different species, rather than just one.
Snake Fungal Disease (SFD) is an emerging disease found in snakes throughout the eastern U.S. When infected, snakes exhibit discolored and crusty scabs, among many other abnormalities. However, researchers recently revealed the culprit behind the mysterious skin disease.
Venom is both a predatory defense and a predator's advantage. While some venomous animals have recently evolved with more potent toxins, their ancient counterparts diversified less often. This suggests that the evolution of venom is more complex than previously thought.
The venom of two species of South American pit viper may help doctors seal wounds rapidly and promote faster healing.