Snakes

Find out everything there is to know about snakes and stay updated on the latest snake news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and snake pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating creatures as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about snakes.
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Animal Sex: How Snakes Do It
a garter snake matinb ball
October 27th, 2014
Snake sex involves mating balls, battles similar to arm-wrestling and, sometimes, asexual reproduction.
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Biggest Venomous Snake Ever Revealed in New Fossils
Viper Vertebrae
November 6th, 2014
The largest venomous snake ever known once slithered through the grasslands of what is today northern Greece some 4 million years ago, creating a mystery about how the 60-pound beast reached its gargantuan size.
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Snake Robots! Slithering Machines Could Aid Search-and-Rescue Efforts
The Carnegie Mellon snake robot.
October 9th, 2014
One snake's ability to shimmy up slippery sand dunes made it the perfect subject for a new study aimed at getting robots out of the lab and into the real world.
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Splat! Why Some Snakes Are Easy Roadkill
northern pine snake
August 19th, 2014
Concrete roads may help cars go fast, but they slow down snakes, new research finds. A speed test for the northern pine snake shows that it takes the snakes 2 minutes to cross a two-lane concrete road, versus 45 seconds on a sandy area of the same length.
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How Sex Organs Get Their Start
Python embryo
November 5th, 2014
New research shows how external genitals arose from very different starting places for reptiles and mammals.
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Get a Death Grip! Why Snakes Don't Slip When Climbing Trees
A boa constrictor slithers up a tree.
August 19th, 2014
Some snakes seem to be little scaredy-cats, as research finds when climbing trees, they hold on for dear life, using a much greater force than is needed to grip tree trunks. The finding suggests snakes prefer to play it safe than conserve energy.
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