This Is What The Rattlesnake "Combat Dance" Looks Like

Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes are a common sight in the forests and hiking trails in Southern California, so it was no surprise that a group of mountain bikers - who were also National Park Service volunteers - came across a pair of the rattlers last week. They were, however, treated to a unique bit of snake behavior. » 8/17/14 10:34am 8/17/14 10:34am

The snake whose bite can send you back through puberty

We've gotten used to animals having strange powers — like using sound to create 'vision,' seeing more colors than we do, and sensing polarized light or the magnetic field of the earth. But did you know that some animals have 'powers' over human physiology? The Russell's Pit Viper can use its venom to send you back… » 1/23/12 10:33am 1/23/12 10:33am

Meet the only known reptile with a true placenta

When many of us think of reptiles we immediately envision them as egg-laying creatures, but there are some reptiles that actually give birth to live young. All of the reptiles in this second category possess a rudimentary placenta (the vascular tissue which, in mammals, nourishes unborn offspring), but until recenty,… » 10/07/11 1:47pm 10/07/11 1:47pm