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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Explainer: Why Do Snakes Flick Their Tongues?
snakes, forked tongue, senses
July 31st, 2014
Theories explaining the forked tongues of snakes have been around for thousands of years.
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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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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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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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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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