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2007-12-10 06:00:00

The world's largest spitting cobra has been discovered in Kenya, according to a conservation group, WildlifeDirect. The newly described snake species, which measures up to 15 feet long, was named Naja Ashei after James Ashe, founder of a snake farm on Kenya's coast where the cobra is found. "A new species of giant spitting cobra is exciting and reinforces the obvious -- that there have to be many other unreported species but hundreds are being lost as their habitats disappear under the...

2007-10-22 06:00:00

In October 2008, the U.S. plans to stop production of its only coral snake antivenin. But Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Natural Toxins Research Center might have found a replacement, according to a news release from the center. The potential replacement is a Mexican-based product called Coralmyn, which, according to the news release, is even better than the existing product. Coralmyn is effective at neutralizing the effects of both the Eastern coral snake and the Texas coral snake,...

2007-10-19 11:24:04

BOSTON -- Man-made rain and flooding, along with some extra food, were enough to convince the trio of anacondas at the New England Aquarium to breed in captivity for the first time. One of the aquarium's two female anacondas is confirmed pregnant by the lone male. An ultrasound test Thursday afternoon failed to conclusively show whether the second female also is carrying a brood, but it's probably too early to rule it out, said spokesman Tony LaCasse. Further tests are planned. The powerful...

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2007-08-14 22:44:24

WASHINGTON -- California ground squirrels have learned to intimidate rattlesnakes by heating their tails and shaking them aggressively. Because the snakes, which are ambush hunters, can sense infrared radiation from heat, the warming makes the tails more conspicuous to them - signaling that they have been discovered and that the squirrels may come and harass them, explained Aaron Rundus, lead author of a study in this week's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

2007-04-15 03:00:18

By Slaughter, Richard A; Wiener, John D ABSTRACT: Water demand in a viable economy tends to be dynamic: it changes over time in response to growth, drought, and social policy. Institutional capacity to re-allocate water between users and uses under stress from multiple sources is a key concern. Climate change threatens to add to those stresses in snowmelt systems by changing the timing of runoff and possibly increasing the severity and duration of drought. This article examines Snake and...

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2007-03-22 14:56:24

Ancient lizard offers evolutionary clues A University of Alberta paleontologist has helped discover the existence of a 95 million-year-old snakelike marine animal, a finding that provides not only the earliest example of limbloss in lizards but the first example of limbloss in an aquatic lizard. "This was unsuspected," said Dr. Michael Caldwell, from the U of A's Faculty of Science. "It adds to the picture we have of what was happening 100 million years ago. We now know that losing limbs...

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2007-02-08 18:00:00

By TALES AZZONI SAO PAULO, Brazil - A 66-year-old Brazilian saved his grandson from the grip of a 16-foot-long anaconda by beating the snake with rocks and a knife for half an hour, police said Thursday. "When I saw the snake wrapped around my grandson's neck I thought it was going to kill him," Joaquim Pereira told the Agencia Estado news service. "It was agonizing, I pulled it from one side, but it would come back on the other." Pereira's 8-year-old grandson, Mateus, was attacked by the...

2007-01-29 21:00:00

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Four workers clearing debris along the Great Miami River in southwest Ohio found a frozen eight-foot boa constrictor Monday morning. "We never expected this to happen," said Chris Miller, who was working with other McGraw-Kokosing Inc. workers to clean debris from recent floods and fill a sinkhole. "We've been entertaining ourselves. It's been a lot of fun, really." The snake was stretched out when found near a bike path along the river. "It's very unusual," Miller said....

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2006-12-17 18:50:00

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. -- "SNAKE!" Hearing this shout, Skip Snow slammed on the brakes. When the off-roader plowed to a halt, he and his partner, Lori Oberhofer, leaped out and took off running toward two snakes, actually - a pair of 10-foot Burmese pythons lying on a levee, sunning themselves. After slipping, sliding and tumbling down a rocky embankment, Snow, a wildlife biologist, grabbed one of the creatures by the tail. The python, Oberhofer says, did not care much for that. "It...

2006-08-22 17:38:34

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Life imitating art is all very well. Unless, that is, it's a movie about deadly snakes on the rampage. Movie chain AMC Entertainment Inc. said pranksters at one of its Phoenix theaters released two live diamondback rattlesnakes during a showing of the film "Snakes on a Plane" last Friday. No one was injured. AMC spokeswoman Melanie Bell said, "One was found in the parking lot during the show, and the other in the movie theater. They were both removed, and no one...


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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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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