How does the mighty kingsnake overpower the even mightier rat snake? It uses its tremendous constriction power, a new study finds.
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A tree-dwelling Cropan's boa snake recently captured in Brazil is the first living specimen seen in 64 years.
The world's first land-dwelling venomous vertebrate wasn't a snake, but a mammal-like, cat-size reptile that lived before the dinosaur age in what is now South Africa, a new study finds.
The "birth plan" of an ancient Nessie look-alike didn't involve laying a giant egg, but rather delivering a live baby sea monster, a new study finds.
A python in Queensland, Australia, got quite a scratchy surprise when the 5-foot-long (1.5 meters) snake gulped down a tennis ball this week.
A newly discovered gecko species belongs to a group with an unusual defensive strategy that might make your skin crawl.
The cracks and crevasses found throughout Baja and northern Mexico create a special environment for one of the region's most unique animals — the chuckwalla.
When scientists in southern Brazil turned over a rock looking for tarantulas, they came across something they'd never expected: a spider eating a snake.
A tarantula (Grammostola quirogai) chows down on a Almaden ground snake (Erythrolamprus almadensis) in southern Brazil. And here are the gory photos of the feat.
A Burmese python treated the Florida Everglades like an all-you-can-eat buffet after it ate three deer in a mere three months, a new study finds.
A Burmese python in the Everglades with a penchant for venison gulped down three whole deer — one doe and two fawns — before wildlife officials captured and euthanized it, a new study reveals.
From lush wetlands to vast cave networks, the island of Cuba hosts ecosystems that are teeming with life.
From toxic toads to brilliant butterflies, Cuba hosts a diverse array of animals, many of which are unique to its island ecosystems.
About 66 million years ago, an ancient sea monster the height of a five-story office building once gnashed its sharp teeth as it swam around the dark waters of Antarctica, a new study finds.
About 290 million years ago, a four-legged reptile with three toes on each of its back feet strolled across the mucky land, the waves of a tidal flat likely lapping near its feet, a new study finds.
A critter heralded as the first four-legged fossil snake on record may actually not be a snake, new research finds.
More than 1,300 kids are bitten by snakes each year in the U.S. — and an increasing number of these bites come from the venomous copperhead snake (Agkistrodon contortrix), a new study finds.