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North American and Australian snakes evolved independently, but into similar body types over millions of years. These snakes are stout-bodied and highly camouflaged, which help them move and ambush prey more efficiently.
Scientists from Ohio University reported that they discovered the oldest fossil of a modern venomous snake in Africa. The discovery provides evidence that snakes such as cobras, kraits and sea snakes were present in Africa as early as 25 million years ago.
The venom from one of the world’s most dangerous snakes contains a potent painkiller that works as well as morphine, but without the toxic side effects, French researchers reported on Wednesday.
Tiger snakes in Australia are of varied size, with some isolated island populations being twice the size of those on the mainland.
Most venomous snakes are legendary for their lethal bites, but not all.
Scientists measuring electrical activity in the muscles of a cobra have found the mechanism that triggers the frightening â€œhood flareâ€ that the snake uses as a defensive display.
Venomous sea snakes have evolved to deceive their predators into thinking that they have two heads, researchers reported on Wednesday.
A janitor at a department store in downtown Melbourne survived a bite by a deadly snake lurking in a dumpster, medical workers say. Paul Bentley, a spokesman for Ambulance-Victoria, said the 29-year-old told emergency workers he was throwing out trash in an alley behind the Myer store when he felt a bite on his finger, The Age reported.
A new study published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology reveals how these snakes maximize their chances of hitting the target.
Police said an Indiana man who was bitten by a venomous snake was later charged with possessing the serpent without a permit. Conservation Officer Mac Spainhour said John Haley was rushed to a hospital after he was bitten by a rhinoceros viper Monday and medical staff discovered the snake's bite had
The Colubrine Sea Krait or Yellow-lipped Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina), is a species of sea snake found in tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is common around East India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Borneo, Vietnam, Philippines, Nicobar Islands, Coastal Taiwan, Bay of Bengal, New Guinea, Japan's Ryukyu Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Adult females are about 56 inches in length with males being only about 35 inches in length. They are...
The Fierce Snake, also known as the Small Scaled Snake and Inland Taipan, is a highly venomous snake that belongs to the Elapidae family. The Fierce Snake is the most venomous snake in the world. A single bite from this snake can kill as many as 100 human adults. It is 50 times more venomous than the Indian Cobra, and as much as 850 times more venomous than the Diamondback. The victim of an intravenous bite from the fierce snake will die in less than two seconds. The Fierce Snake is...
The Tiger Snake, Notechis scutatus, is a highly venomous species of elapid snake found in Australia. They most often found along inland waterways and around the lower lakes of the River Murray. There are two species recognized; The Common Tiger Snake and The Tasmanian Tiger Snake. As with most snakes color varies widely among tiger snakes and is an unreliable means of identifying the species. Colors can vary from jet black, yellow/orange with gray bands, and sandy gray with no bands....
The Banded Krait, Bungarus fasciatus, is a venomous snake found in India and Southeast Asia. It occurs in the whole of the Indo-Chinese sub-region, the Malaysian peninsula and archipelago of Southern China. It has been recorded from northeast India through Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and southern China to Malaysia and the main Indonesian islands of Borneo (Java and Sumatra), as well as Singapore. In India, it is generally found in the North-East. It has been recorded in Bihar...
The Common Krait, Bungarus caeruleus, is a type of krait that is found in the jungles of the Indian sub-continent. It is highly venomous and is one of the four most venomous snakes in India. The body colour varies from a dark steely blue-black to a pale faded bluish grey. The average length is 40 inches. It has large hexagonal scales running down its spine. The white cross bands are more prominent near the tail region. Males are larger than females and also have a longer tail.
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