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Sea Snakes Need Fresh Water For Drinking
2014-03-20 15:30:59

Cindy Spence, University of Florida Although they spend their lives surrounded by water, sea snakes dehydrate for months at a time, waiting to quench their thirst with fresh water from rainfall, a University of Florida biologist has found. The finding contradicts the accepted belief that marine vertebrates have evolved to use salt water to meet their water requirements, said professor Harvey Lillywhite, whose research appears [Wednesday/today] in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B,...

Amazing Homing Abilities Revealed In Burmese Pythons From Florida
2014-03-20 08:08:18

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online South Florida has been dealing with a problem of epic proportions in recent years: an invasion of Burmese pythons. According to the National Park Service, more than 2,000 pythons have been removed from the Everglades since 2002, with experts calling this just a small fraction of the total population now found there. While this in itself is a significant problem for Southern Florida, new research published in the journal Biology...

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...

python in the everglades
2014-03-02 06:22:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While there are now over 10,000 Burmese pythons inhabiting the Florida Everglades, experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service assure that the snakes do not pose a significant threat to visitors. The two federal agencies conducted an assessment, which appears in the latest edition of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, looking at five incidents that took place between 2006 and 2012 that involved Burmese...

Snake Nebula
2014-02-26 12:49:25

[ Watch the Video: Birth Of A Star A Family Affair ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA) telescope have imaged the most detailed look yet of stellar nurseries within the Snake nebula. The Snake nebula is about 11,700 light-years away from Earth towards the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus. The astronomers chose this nebula because it shows the potential to form many massive stars. "To learn how...

2014-02-19 16:22:57

"To me it's as much a commandment from God when he said 'they shall take up serpents,' as it was when he said 'thou shall not commit adultery.'" -Pastor Jamie Coots WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today a special episode that will examine the life of Pastor Jamie Coots, who was bitten by a rattlesnake during church service this past Saturday and died that evening after reports that his family refused medical attention...

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...

2014-01-08 16:24:49

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For wrestling fans worldwide, Monday Night's surprise appearance at RAW by Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) was a thrill. Dallas, who proudly walked out displaying his signature "Diamond Cutter," was as strong as ever considering he hasn't been in the ring since 2005. DDP is changing the lives of his fellow former - and in some cases, forgotten - wrestlers - as well as countless people looking to supercharge their health and fitness through his...

Controversial Finding Changes Previous Belief That Ancestor Of Snakes And Lizards Laid Eggs
2013-12-17 13:54:14

George Washington University The ancestor of snakes and lizards likely gave birth to live young, rather than laid eggs, and over time species have switched back and forth in their preferred reproductive mode, according to research published in print in Ecology Letters Dec. 17. "This is a very unusual and controversial finding, and a major overturn of an accepted school of thought," said Alex Pyron, Robert F. Griggs Assistant Professor of Biology in the Columbian College of Arts and...

Extreme Genomic Evolution Discovered In Burmese Pythons
2013-12-03 07:05:43

[ Watch the Video: Genomics Reveal The Evolution Of Snakes ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers have sequenced the genome of the Burmese python, or Python molurus bivittatus, finding large numbers of rapidly evolved genes in snakes. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveal that these genetic changes are linked to extreme characteristics in snakes. The discovery of these characteristics,...


Latest Snake Reference Libraries

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...

Indian Gamma Snake, Boiga trigonata
2014-01-17 10:01:59

The Indian gamma snake (Boiga trigonata) may also be referred to as the common cat snake. The species, a member of the Colubridae family, ranges throughout Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, southern Turkmenistan, southern Uzbekistan, southeastern Tajikistan, and Iran. Due to the vast areas the snake is found, habitats vary greatly from gallery forests to sparse desert shrublands. The Indian gamma snake has a yellow, olive or pale grayish coloration. A white zigzag...

Rosy Boa, Lichanura trivirgata
2014-01-17 09:41:32

The Rosy boa (Lichanura trivirgata) is commonly found throughout the southwestern areas of The United States, but may be found in parts of northwestern Mexico as well. A member of the Boidae family, the Rosy boa inhabits coastal desert canyons, rocky, desert slopes, creek-beds, and hillsides with large boulders. The Rosy boa is commonly fully grown measuring just over 3 feet. The species ranges in color from a yellowish, to tan or slate grey and 3 varying types of stripes run the length of...

Southern Smooth Snake, Coronella girondica
2014-01-17 09:24:19

The Southern smooth snake or Riccioli’s snake (Coronella girondica) is a member of the Colubridae family typically found in Southern Europe and northern Africa. The species range Europe, from Portugal and Spain, the south of France, Monaco and parts of Italy. In Africa, the mountains of Morocco, parts of Algeria to Tunisia are common ranges. Habitats vary from scrubland, woodlands, grasslands, rocky areas or plantations. The species faces threats of habitat destruction and loss mostly...

Yellow Anaconda, Eunectes notaeus
2014-01-10 21:40:31

The Eunectes notaeus is a nonvenomous anaconda commonly known as the yellow anaconda. It is exclusively found in South America. The yellow anaconda is named for its ability to swim and their dorsal scales are larger and in fewer rows. Its habitat is made up of swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams and rivers. The species is also beginning to invade the Florida Everglades. Prey usually includes birds, fish, turtles, lizards, bird’s eggs, small mammals and the decaying fish flesh. The...

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