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flying Paradise tree snake
2014-03-05 04:36:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The flying Paradise tree snakes of lowland Asia are renowned for their ability to glide from tree to tree and a new study in the journal Physics of Fluids has shown that these reptiles ride tiny vortices of air that give them a little extra boost. The study expanded on previous research that showed the snakes get an extra boost of lift when facing the air flow at a certain angle. “After experiments uncovered this, we decided to...

Snake's Ability To Fly May Be Due To Aerodynamics
2014-01-30 10:37:45

[ Watch the Video: How Can A Snake Fly? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Paradise tree snake is probably best known for one unique behavior: its ability to "fly" from tree to tree. New research from a team of American scientists has revealed that these snakes shape their body into an aerofoil mid-flight to allow them to glide around 100 feet from the top of a tree. Study author Jake Socha, a biomechanics expert at Virginia Tech, said the snakes appear to...

2013-10-31 10:38:41

When Kevin van Doorn found himself setting up an experiment to investigate how snakes' eyes are able to focus at the beginning of his PhD in Jacob Sivak's lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada, he noticed something rather unusual: the bright light beam from the equipment lit up the eye from behind and revealed an array of tiny blood vessels branching their way across the transparent skin covering the snake's eye. This see-through skin, called the spectacle, is found in all snakes and is...

Ratsnakes Benefit From Global Warming
2013-01-08 21:16:19

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Speculation about how animals will respond to climate change due to global warming led University of Illinois researcher Patrick Weatherhead and his students to conduct a study of ratsnakes at three different latitudes–Ontario, Illinois, and Texas. His findings suggest that ratsnakes will be able to adapt to the higher temperatures by becoming more active at night. "Ratsnakes are a species with a...

2012-12-20 15:12:33

Half enquiries generated by UK's only native poisonous snake, the adder Snakebite injuries account for around two phone queries every week to the UK National Poisons Information Service, indicates an audit published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. Changes in data recording mean that these figures are probably an underestimate of the true numbers of snakebite injuries in the UK, suggest the authors. They audited telephone enquiries made to the Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham and...

Tiger Snake Size Depends On Offspring Mouth Size
2012-05-16 08:14:34

Tiger snakes in Australia are of varied size, with some isolated island populations being twice the size of those on the mainland. New research conducted by Fabien Aubret of La Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS à Moulis, published in “The American Naturalist,” theorizes that the mainland snakes eat mainly frogs and always have. When sea level rose after that last Ice Age, some tiger snakes were stranded on islands where frogs could not survive because of dry...

Louisiana Pine Snakes Released In Kisatchie National Forest
2012-05-08 03:30:25

On May 1, USDA Forest Service, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Memphis Zoo, and other partners released seven young Louisiana pine snakes on a restored longleaf pine stand in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. The release is the fourth in 2 years, part of a plan to restore a very rare snake to its range in Louisiana. Last year the partners released 20 newly hatched snakes; this year´s snakes are 6 months old and about 3 feet...

2012-03-19 15:56:33

UC´s Lauren Flick, a 19-year-old, triple-major senior, will present findings at an upcoming regional conference on the first-ever use of a surgically implanted device to record the habits of snakes in their natural environment. This particular study holds promise in “keeping score” as Ohio´s Lake Erie water snake defends its native habitat against an invasive fish species. Thanks to research by a University of Cincinnati undergraduate student and two team members,...

Image 1 - Male Snakes With Boosted Estrogen Attract Other Males
2012-02-11 04:28:47

A new study has shown that boosting the estrogen levels of male garter snakes causes them to secrete the same pheromones that females use to attract suitors, and turned the males into just about the sexiest snake in the neighborhood — attracting dozens of other males eager to mate. This experiment in the famed garter snake caverns of Manitoba, Canada, was one of the first in a field setting to ever quantify the effects of estrogen as a stimulant of pheromones, scientists said, in...

2011-10-28 08:00:00

BURLINGTON, Ontario, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Natrix Separations, Inc. announced today new members of its leadership team, including John A. Chickosky as President & Chief Executive Officer and Molly S. McGlaughlin as Vice President of Business Development. Chickosky has been a member of the Natrix Board of Directors since mid-2010, and will continue to hold a board seat. McGlaughlin joined Natrix in June 2011. C. Howie Honeyman, Ph.D. will continue as Senior Vice President,...


Latest Colubrids Reference Libraries

Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor flaviventris
2014-01-17 11:37:01

The Eastern racer (Coluber constrictor) is a group of non venomous snakes, all members of the Colubridae family. For the most part, the species can be found in the United States (east of the Rocky Mountains), but may range up into Canada and south into Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Eastern racers are compiled of eleven subspecies. The Eastern racer’s coloration varies greatly from subspecies to subspecies. Typically their common name is derived from their appearance (i.e. black racers,...

Caspian Whipsnake, Dolichophis caspius/Coluber caspius
2014-01-17 11:18:10

The Caspian whipsnake (Dolichophis caspius, sometimes also Coluber caspius) is among the largest European species of snake as alluded to in its common name, the Large whipsnake. Commonly found on the Balkan Peninsula and throughout Eastern Europe, this snake is a member of the Colubridae family. This species of whipsnake often reaches lengths of 5-5.5 feet, although it has been recorded reaching lengths as long as 8.25 feet.  Typically, males measure longer than females. Prominent eyes...

Flying Snake, Chrysopelea
2014-01-17 10:52:25

The Flying snake (Chrysopelea) ranges throughout Southeast Asia, southern most China, Sri Lanka and India. A member of the Colubridae family, the species inhabits trees in the lowland tropical rainforests. Most fully grown Flying snakes grow between 3 and 4 feet long. Lacking limbs or wings the snake flattens its body to create a parachute allowing them to glide downwards. The snake uses the bark of trees to get to a higher point than where they wish to travel to. Once it decides on a...

Balkan Whipsnake, Hierophis gemonensis
2014-01-17 10:30:59

The Balkan whipsnake (Hierophis gemonensis) of the family Colubridae, ranges throughout Italy, Croatia, Monte Negro, Slovenia, Albenia and Greece. The species inhabits dry overgrown areas with plush vegetation including gardens, pastureland, stony areas and plantations. Habitat destruction currently threatens the snake as it cannot efficiently support the species. The Balkan whipsnake is far less widespread and common presently. The female Balkan whipsnake is somewhat bigger and longer...

Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea
2014-01-17 10:16:15

The Scarlet snake (Cemophora coccinea) is a member of the Columbrae family. They are found only in the United States, in: southeastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The species typically inhabits oak and pine forests with sandy soil good for burrowing. The Scarlet snake only grows to lengths of approximately 14-26 inches. Commonly...

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