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The ecosystems that shape our planet are a delicate balance of water, mineral, plant, and animal life, and a large part of what maintains the natural order is the predator–prey relationship.
Scientists writing in the journal Zookeys say they have discovered a new species of green palm-pit viper located in northern Honduras.
A small population of rattlesnakes that already is in decline in southern Illinois faces a new and unexpected threat in the form of a fungus rarely seen in the wild, researchers report.
Research published recently in PLoS One delivers new insight about rapid toxin evolution in venomous snakes: pitvipers such as rattlesnakes may be engaged in an arms race with opossums, a group of snake-eating American marsupials.
Residents of a Florida neighborhood said nearby road construction caused the area to become overrun with venomous snakes. The Jacksonville neighbors said their problems with cottonmouths and water moccasins began when the reptiles' habitat was disturbed by construction to widen an Interstate 295 off-ramp to Old St.
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.
Conservationists in Wisconsin said they're trying to restore the state's Massasauga rattlesnake population. Massasauga and timber rattlesnakes were once found in every county in the state.
By Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Jul.
FRANKFORT, Ky. - State conservation officers seized more than 125 venomous snakes, arrested 10 people and cited one other Thursday after a nearly two-year undercover investigation of those who allegedly illegally possessed, imported and trafficked the deadly reptiles.
Bothriechis guifarroi is a species of green palm-pit viper located in northern Honduras. It was previously confused with other Honduran palm pit vipers. It was discovered by scientists performing two expeditions in 2012 aiming at studying the fauna of Texiguat Wildlife Refuge. This area is thought to be one of the most endemism-rich and diverse highland forests in Mesoamerica. This species represents the 15th endemic species that occurs in the region. As a member of the genus Bothriechis,...
The Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin, Agkistrodon piscivorus, is a pit viper found in the United States. It is a close relative of the copperhead. The Cottonmouth is found along the eastern coast, southern, and Midwest areas of the United States. Along the coast they are found as far north as Virginia and Illinois in the interior states. They are rarely found away from permanent water sources. They also enjoy open pine forests and bald cypress swamps. Cottonmouth snakes average in size from...
The Broad-banded Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus, is a subspecies of North American copperhead snake found in the southern United States. It can be found from Kansas through Oklahoma and throughout central Texas. It prefers lightly wooded habitats, typically with a good amount of ground debris for cover, not far from a permanent water source. They typically avoid regions with a significant population of humans. This snake is typically light tan in color, with darker brown,...
The Pygmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the southeastern United States. There are three subspecies of this snake. They are generally a small species that grow to between 15 to 31 inches in length. Photo by LA Dawson
The Desert Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii, is a subspecies of the Massasauga rattlesnake. It is found in the southwestern United States, primarily in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. There are also small populations in Colorado, Oklahoma, California, and in northern Mexico. It is found in rocky, semi-arid and arid areas. The Desert Massasauga has a light gray or white base color, with dark gray or gray-brown blotches. Their underside is typically entirely white. They are among the...
- A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.