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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Snake in the Grass! Huge Everglades Python Shows Invasive Issue
The giant python.
July 31st, 2015
A giant python, about as long as a shipping container, was captured in Everglades National Park in Florida earlier this month (July 9).
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Myth Debunked: Boa Constrictors Don't Suffocate Prey to Death
Boa constrictor
July 22nd, 2015
Boa constrictors are notorious for their deadly grip, squeezing their next meal until it expires. But scientists have long wondered whether this fatal hug kills prey by suffocation or by obstructing blood flow in the snake's victims.
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Snake Ancestor Had Ankles and Toes
ancestral snake illustration
May 20th, 2015
Millions of years ago, the common ancestor of all living snakes — a long creature with tiny hind limbs as well as ankles and toes — could be found slithering over the damp soil of forests in search of soft-bodied prey, a new study finds.
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Unexpected Step: Snake Ancestor Had Four Feet
entire skeleton of Tetrapodophis
July 23rd, 2015
The oldest snake fossil on record looks almost like a modern snake, except for one glaring difference: It has four feet, each with five digits, a new study finds.
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Python Eats Porcupine, Regrets It Later (Here's Why)
python, porcupine
June 26th, 2015
Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine? Well, wonder no more. One of these giant snakes — which kill prey by suffocating it and then consuming it whole — recently dined on a porcupine and didn't live to brag about it.
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Male Snakes Spend Mega Calories When They Mate
garter snake plug
May 6th, 2015
Every spring, red-sided garter snakes leave their hibernation burrows to engage in a frenzied jumble of mating. But doing the deed is no easy feat for males.
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Photos: Weird 4-Legged Snake Was Transitional Creature
four legged snakes, Tetrapodophis
July 23rd, 2015
Snakes used to have four legs, according to a roughly 120-million-year-old fossil from northeastern Brazil.
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In Images: Hungry Python Eats Porcupine Whole
python, porcupine
June 26th, 2015
Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine?
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Fact or Fiction? Test Your Knowledge About Snakes
Like other pit vipers, copperhead snakes give birth to live young.
April 23rd, 2015
To get to the bottom of some of the assumptions about snakes in the United States and separate fact from fiction, Live Science talked to several snake experts. Here are some commonly held beliefs about snakes and whether they're true or false.
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