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Eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)
2011-08-25 09:46:00

  Wildlife coordinator for Alabama´s Conservation Department, Mark Sasser reports that he has seen a decline with the eastern diamondback rattlesnake and other species associated with long leaf pine forests and his department is working to re-establish suitable habitat so the species can rebound, reports the ASsociated Press (AP). Snake researcher Dr. Bruce Means and conservation groups The Center for Biological Diversity, Protect All Living Species and One More Generation,...

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2010-11-23 12:00:00

A researcher at Virginia Tech has been studying an unusual breed of Asian snake that can glide long distances in the air in order to unlock its secrets. The "flying snakes" of Southeast Asia, India and southern China are able to glide in the air without fixed wings.  Video of the reptiles show they undulate from side to side to create an aerodynamic system.  It allows the snakes to travel from the top of the biggest trees in the region to a spot about 780 feet away from the tree's...

2009-11-06 04:00:00

WILMINGTON, N.C., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today a U.S. House Subcommittee will consider H.R. 2811 a bill that could determine the fate of much of the reptile trade in the United States. Introduced by U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek (D-FL), who recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, the bill could add the entire genus python to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act; a designation reserved for only the most dangerous alien invaders to our natural eco-system....

2009-09-15 14:41:09

A Florida college student said she was shocked to climb into her rental car outside of her apartment to find a 3 1/2-foot snake on the dashboard. Brianna Young of Jacksonville said she got into the car Sept. 8, shortly after it was dropped off at her apartment by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and immediately exited the vehicle upon spotting the reptile stretched out along the dashboard, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, reported Tuesday. I was scared, she said. I just hopped out and was like, 'Oh my God,' and...

2009-06-03 14:25:47

New York police said they are trying to determine the origins of a yellow rat snake discovered by a 7-year-old in his family's home. Maria Dominguez said the 4-foot snake was first spotted by her son, Hugo Rodriguez, while it was coiled under the family's living room table, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The boy's screams roused the rest of the family and Dominguez called police. She said the reptile had slithered into the kitchen after being stuck for a short time on a glue trap for...

2009-05-06 00:58:36

What appeared to be an invasion of snakes scared residents of a Chinese village as the reptiles were spotted crawling on roads and climbing trees. The snakes appeared in the village in the Zhuhai special economic zone Sunday, Xinhua, the official government news agency, reported. The area is in Guangdong province in southeastern China. Eventually, the villagers got organized and went on a snake hunt. About 200 were killed. The snakes, it turned out, had been released by a factory manager who...

2009-05-05 23:41:15

Illinois wildlife officials are holding a rattlesnake roundup, this one aimed at saving the local population of eastern massasauga snakes. The snakes, growing no more than 2 feet long, are the only rattlesnakes surviving around Chicago. The Illinois Department of Wildlife, working with U.S. Fish and Game and the Lincoln Park Zoo, hopes to breed enough snakes in captivity to get local numbers back up. Experts say the eastern massasauga is shy. Joanne Earnhardt, a biologist at the zoo who heads...

2008-12-10 16:08:46

A North Carolina teenager with bone cancer received an unusual gift Wednesday from the Make A Wish Foundation -- new cages for her snakes. The foundation handed over the cages to Elizabeth Mize, 16, of Angier at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. The cages, 6 feet high, have lights and heat. The foundation also supplied rocks and plants the teen can use to make her pets feel at home. The foundation, which grants wishes for children with...

2008-12-04 12:32:16

A man in the Australian town of Lismore says a snake more than 3 feet long was living inside a computer printer and caused the device to malfunction. Denis Matthews said the snake was found inside a Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens printer, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported in its Thursday edition. "When I used a long pointer to encourage the snake to move, it reluctantly came out through the front, under the monitor screen and round the back of the computer case,'' Matthews...


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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