Snakes

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Flying Snakes May Inspire Future Gliding Suits
A flying paradise tree snake, Chrysopelea paradisi.
April 1st, 2014
Flying snakes called paradise tree snakes can glide so effortlessly by riding on tiny air vortices they create by changing the angle of their bodies, scientists find. The results could lead to flying-snake suits.
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Florida's Python Invaders Rarely Attack People Unprovoked
Burmese python in Everglades
March 12th, 2014
Burmese pythons, famous invaders of the Florida Everglades, can take down animals as large as alligators and deer. But the snakes pose little threat to humans and it's rare that the pythons will attack people without being provoked.
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Lost 'Nightsnake' Rediscovered on Volcanic Island off Mexico
clarion nightsnake on lava rock
May 19th, 2014
An elusive, nocturnal snake has been rediscovered on an island off Mexico, after nearly 80 years. The snake's dark, spotted skin blends into its lava rock habitat.
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Where Do Sea Snakes Go To Drink?
sea snake, water, hydration
March 28th, 2014
The reptile goes thirsty for up to half a year.
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Why are Some Snakes So Venomous?
snake, venom
March 9th, 2014
Australia is world famous for its venomous critters, including its many highly venomous snakes.
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Centipede Bursts from Snake's Stomach
April 16th, 2014
A group of researchers discovered a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen. After a post-mortem, the scientists think it's possible that the centipede quite literally eviscerated the snake from the inside out.
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Camels of the Ocean: Sea Snake Dehydrates for Months
a yellow-bellied snake
March 18th, 2014
A sea-faring snake spends months without drinking freshwater, then tanks up by drinking from pools of freshwater that accumulate after rainfall at the ocean's surface, new research suggests.
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