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As Texas flood waters recede, new health hazards emerge

Houston - Houston residents trying to return to flooded homes after Hurricane Harvey should wear breathing masks against molds and bacteria from the city’s sewers and watch for alligators and snakes, the city fire chief said on Saturday.

Essential Science: How pythons regenerate their organs

Pythons are remarkable in many ways and this includes the ability to regenerate their organs. Unlocking the genetic secret of this could aid medics who seek to improve the way people, recover from injuries.

Deadly fungus found in over 30 species of snakes in US and Canada

Fungal diseases are an emerging threat to animals worldwide, including bats, frogs, and salamanders. Now, at least 30 snake species in North America are being hit with a deadly fungal infection and scientists want to know why.

Guinea-Bissau islands feel the bite of antivenom crisis

Bolama - The vivid red wound at the base of Gina's ankle has remained open for three months and refuses to heal, leaving the Guinea-Bissau islander in constant pain.

Why snakes are pale or dark in color explained

A young student has revealed why snakes are paler in the South and darker in the North — that's because darker species absorb heat from the sun more quickly.

The deadly kill of the boa constrictor revealed

The widely held view as how boa constrictors kill their prey has been overturned in a new study. The idea that the snakes suffocate their victims has turned out not be so.

A mysterious fungus is killing snakes in the Eastern U.S.

It started in Florida with the pygmy rattlesnakes, killing 42 of them. Then, another 59 wound up dead. When it happened in the earlier part of this century, mystified scientists couldn't identify the culprit.

Snake fungus causing havoc in North America

Washington - Snakes in North America are under threat from a fungus similar to the "white nose" disease that has been affecting bat populations. New research draws parallels between the two diseases.

Op-Ed: Ever wonder why you're afraid of spiders? Evolution provides clue

San Jos - When you live in the tropics, the neighbors tend to invite themselves into your house. In my case, sometimes it's a two-toed sloth. Other times it's a beautiful morpho butterfly. And other times it's a large, hairy spider.

Study says toxic venom proteins 'born' from non-toxic genes

Arlington - Snakes and some lizard's venom are a cocktail of toxins, usually consisting of tens to hundreds of different proteins, and scientists have always defined an animal as venomous based on finding the toxic gene families in their oral cavities.

Snakes can now be identified by their venom

Scientists have developed a method for determining the species of snake responsible for a bite by sequencing genetic material from the fang marks.

Why do we have one genitalia and lizards have two?

Having one set of genitalia is not always the case in the natural world. For instance, snakes and lizards have two. Why is this the case? Biologists have been looking into the issue and now have some answers.

100+ snakes found in home in Canada

More than 100 snakes were found in a home in Canada. The garter snakes were first discovered in the basement, but they managed to make their way to other parts of the home.

Venom may act as a cancer-fighting drug

A new study suggests that bee, snake, or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs.

Woman, snake and fire station involved in Long Island car crash

Hyde Park - Sarah Espinosa, 22, had allegedly been out drinking and taking drugs. And she stole a python. She then went out for a drive which ended in an unusual crash and rescue.

Indians celebrate Nag Panchami the snake festival

Nag Panchami, a festival of the worship of snakes in India, is being celebrated on August 1. Devotees traditionally offer prayers to idols of snakes and in many cases live snakes as well.

Scientist rediscovers lost snake species in Mexico

The Clarion Nightsnake, which has been lost to science for the last 80 years, has been rediscovered in a recent expedition.

Snakes on the snow in Norway might be poisonous

Skiers in Norway have been startled recently when they've come across snakes wiggling over the snow, and in some cases these have been the country’s only venomous species.

Pythons have an in-built auto pilot

Miami - Burmese pythons may have a homing sense that can guide them over distances as long as 20 miles, according to a new study.

Man gets bit by deadly snake, grabs a beer from the fridge

Rod Sommerville, a 54 year old man from Australia, thought he was going to “cark it” last month when he was bit by an eastern brown snake, and his instinct was to grab a cold beer from the fridge to ease his nerves while waiting for the ambulance.

Video: How do snakes fly?

Well no snake can fly, and most fall when flung into the air. However, the paradise flying snake sure can glide and it does so through some remarkable properties.

Tackling deadly snake disease

Miami - Scientists have developed a simple immune-based screening test to identify the presence of a fatal disease that strikes boas and pythons in captivity, including those sold to the global pet trade.

Study shows that brain has specific radar for snakes

A new study that will be out on Monday says that the brain has specific cells that fire off warnings when confronted by a snake.

800+ snakes found in man's home

Authorities say that more than 800 snakes, including two 6-foot Burmese pythons, which are illegal in the state of New York, were found inside a man's home, where he ran a side business selling them.

Toddler's egg collection in wardrobe hatches into deadly snakes

A three-year-old boy recently did what many young kids like to do, make a collection. His collection of choice was eggs. However, what he and his mother did not realize was that these eggs would hatch into one of the world's most deadliest snakes.

Restaurant ordered to stop selling pizzas topped with venom

A Zurich-based chef is upset the Swiss government has ordered him to stop selling one of his pizza specialties ─ venom topped pizza.

U.S. bans transport, import of anacondas and pythons

Miami - In an effort to protect the famous Everglades in Florida, a ban on the import and transport of yellow anacondas and Burmese pythons across state lines has been enacted.

Giant Burmese python caught in Florida swimming pool

Miami - A 13-foot Burmese python was captured at a residence in Florida after homeowners reported they found the reptile swimming in their backyard pool.

Daring thieves steal crocodile, snakes and dragons from pet shop

A group of daring thieves raided Stockport Pet Warehouse, an exotic pet shop in Hallam Street, Heavily, Greater Manchester and got away with an intimidatingly bizarre mix of 100 exotic animals, including a 5 ft crocodile, 50 snakes and about 40 lizards.

Video: Two families find live snakes hiding in Christmas trees

Zebulon - Two families, one living in North Carolina and the other from Idaho, were in for a fright when they spotted snakes slithering through the branches of their newly decorated Christmas trees.
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Irreplaceable specimen gathered over a period of 100 years were lost in the fire.
Irreplaceable specimen gathered over a period of 100 years were lost in the fire.
Instituto Butantan
These snakes have become so brave they can be found hidden under tomato and potato plants or sunning...
These snakes have become so brave they can be found hidden under tomato and potato plants or sunning themselves on the concrete and garden stake.
A snakes slithers into the shirt of an anchorwoman during a live broadcast.
A snakes slithers into the shirt of an anchorwoman during a live broadcast.
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Venom from snakes used to make vaccines destroyed in fire at bio-medical research facility in San Pa...
Venom from snakes used to make vaccines destroyed in fire at bio-medical research facility in San Paulo, Brazil.
Instituto Butantan
Paradise tree snake or Flying Snake
Paradise tree snake or Flying Snake
Alan Couch
Gaboon Viper
Gaboon Viper
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This is one of a few black racers spotted in the garden where it lays waiting for robins looking for...
This is one of a few black racers spotted in the garden where it lays waiting for robins looking for worms and the occasional baby rabbit searching for a meal of fresh cabbage leaves.
Black racer or black rat snake
Black racer or black rat snake
This baby robin was chased by the snake and then eaten. The snake had dined on 3 robins and later re...
This baby robin was chased by the snake and then eaten. The snake had dined on 3 robins and later regurgitated them in the garden when it was confronted by humans.
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Snake populations are declining
Snake populations are declining
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Tastes like chocolate?
Tastes like chocolate?
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Some think the only good snake is a dead snake and these two men sent one snake to serpent heaven af...
Some think the only good snake is a dead snake and these two men sent one snake to serpent heaven after it refused to be relocated from the garden to neighboring woods. The identity of the sharp-shooters has been protected.
If you look closely you can see another black racer crawling through the potato plants after being s...
If you look closely you can see another black racer crawling through the potato plants after being spotted by my camera.
New evidence shows that boa constrictors can reproduce without sex. But one boa constrictor had babi...
New evidence shows that boa constrictors can reproduce without sex. But one boa constrictor had babies asexually and the old-fashioned way. Her sexually produced snake (left) is shown beside one of the asexually produced females (right).
North Carolina State University