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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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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In Images: Hungry Python Eats Porcupine Whole
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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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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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Snake Ancestor Had Ankles and Toes
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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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