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 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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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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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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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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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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