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Jessie Szalay
Jessie Szalay, Live Science Contributor

Jessie Szalay is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers animals, health and other general science topics. Her work has appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward, National Geographic Traveler — Intelligent Travel, Killing the Buddha, Waccamaw Journal and elsewhere. Jessie is finishing her master's degree in nonfiction writing at George Mason University and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is working on a book about the sociological and psychological practice of othering.

  • Rat Snake Facts

    Rat Snake Facts

    February 25, 2016 | Reference

    Rat snakes are medium-to-large, nonvenomous snakes that kill by constriction. Recent research has complicated the taxonomic classification of rat snakes.
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  • Python Facts

    Python Facts

    February 19, 2016 | Reference

    Pythons are large constricting snakes native to Asia, Africa and Australia, although some have invaded Florida.
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  • Facts About Brown Snakes

    Facts About Brown Snakes

    February 02, 2016 | Reference

    North American brown snakes are nonvenomous, unlike the Australian variety, which is among the most venomous in the world.
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  • Gopher Snake Facts

    Gopher Snake Facts

    January 26, 2016 | Reference

    Gopher snakes are nonvenomous serpents that are often mistaken for rattlesnakes.
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  • Facts About Milk Snakes

    Facts About Milk Snakes

    January 12, 2016 | Reference

    Milk snakes are colorful, banded, nonvenomous snakes found throughout the Americas.
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  • Anaconda Facts

    Anaconda Facts

    January 08, 2016 | Reference

    Anacondas are found in tropical South America. They are among the largest snakes in the world and are known for their swimming ability.
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  • What Is Dietary Fat?

    What Is Dietary Fat?

    December 17, 2015 | Reference

    Fat gets a bad rap, but including it in your diet is important for good health.
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  • What Is Protein?

    What Is Protein?

    December 10, 2015 | Reference

    Protein is a macronutrient that is essential to building muscle mass. It is commonly found in animal products, though is also present in other sources, such as nuts and legumes.
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  • What Are Calories?

    What Are Calories?

    November 13, 2015 | Reference

    A calorie is a unit of energy. Counting calories is one way to monitor weight loss.
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  • Boa Constrictor Facts

    Boa Constrictor Facts

    November 12, 2015 | Reference

    Boa constrictors are non-venomous snakes famous for their method of subduing prey. They rank among the longest snakes in the world.
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