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Snakes Use 'Leg Genes' to Make Phalluses
A corn snake embryo
October 1st, 2015
Snakes maintain most of the DNA sequences that mammals use to make legs — even though snakes lack limbs. Turns out the genes are responsible for phallus development in snake embryos.
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Snakebites in Costa Rica Rise Along with El Niño Cycles
a female Terciopelo snake in Costa Rica
September 11th, 2015
Snakebites in Costa Rica spike during El Niño and La Niña as venomous snakes respond to changes in the weather and climate.
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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 Photos: How Snake Embryos Grow a Phallus
mouse embryo limb enhancer genes
October 1st, 2015
Images of snake embryos reveal how genes that enhance the growth of limbs are used to grow the phallus for these legless reptiles.
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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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No Boys Allowed: Snake Mom Has 'Virgin Birth'
The yellow-bellied water snake.
September 24th, 2015
A female water snake in Missouri can do something that no human woman can (no matter how badly she might want to).
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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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