Holy Serpent Gods, This Is An Egyptian Coffin Made For A Snake

Ancient Egyptians didn't prepare only human bodies for the afterlife; cats, baboons, crocodiles, canines, and birds have all been found mummified. But there's something particularly delightful about this long and skinny coffin for snake. » 10/08/14 4:40pm 10/08/14 4:40pm

Using Camera Traps To Teach Nicaraguan Kids About Big Cat Conservation

Camera traps are just the coolest. In Nicaragua, scientist Miguel Ordeñana uses them to study carnivores, like jaguars and ocelots. And now the organization that he works with, Paso Pacifico, is teaching local kids to use them as well. » 4/09/14 9:00am 4/09/14 9:00am

Dramatic images of a snake battling a crocodile—then swallowing it

In case you needed a reminder that Australian animals are terrifying, witness the epic battle between a crocodile and a snake in the Australian Outback, followed by the snake's gluttonous victory. » 3/03/14 10:40am 3/03/14 10:40am

This huge Brazilian snake just swallowed an entire pitbull

A snake living near the Cuiabá region of Brazil was recently found with an unusually large distended belly. The locals who discovered it did the logical thing — they cut it open to see what was inside. A warning to dog (and snake lovers), this video is quite graphic. » 2/07/14 6:03am 2/07/14 6:03am

Watch a baby King Cobra devour another snake

The king cobra's favorite food is other snakes, and this week-old snake makes its first meal of a water snake that isn't much skinnier than it is. It's fascinating to watch it wolf down the long body of its prey. » 7/06/13 9:00am 7/06/13 9:00am

FYI: Snakes can open doors

Think that a snake can't follow you into the next room because you've shut the door? Think again. Julius, an albino Burmese python, figured out how to work her body onto door handles and get those suckers open. » 6/22/13 9:30am 6/22/13 9:30am

How scientists discovered the "fear center" of the brain

Fear is one of the most universally understood human emotions. Every one of us is familiar with the feelings, behaviors, and symptoms engendered by fear — so familiar, in fact, that we can sense it in the voices and actions of our friends and loved ones, and even recognize it in the facial expressions of complete… » 10/12/11 9:00am 10/12/11 9:00am

The ancient war between 20-foot crocodiles and 50-foot snakes

Sixty million years ago, the world belonged to Titanoboa, a gigantic snake that measured 40 to 50 feet long and weighed over 2,500 pounds. Only one creature could challenge it: a newly discovered, twenty-foot freshwater crocodile. » 9/15/11 11:30am 9/15/11 11:30am

Snakes evolved venom as part of their eternal war with opossums

Venomous vipers like rattlesnakes evolved their deadly toxins incredibly quickly. Scientists had long assumed it was so that they could hunt their prey better, but it might have been to fight off their deadliest predator: the possum. » 7/19/11 1:40pm 7/19/11 1:40pm

X-rays reveal the disappearing legs of ancient snakes

Snakes are a weird evolutionary mystery, and biologists still aren't sure exactly where they came from. Are they the descendants of land-based lizards that evolved away from legs, or did their ancestors slither out of the sea? X-rays of a recently discovered, 95 million year old fossil may go along way to answering… » 2/08/11 5:00pm 2/08/11 5:00pm

Watch a snake robot worm its way through an obstacle

We've sung the mildly disturbing praises of Carnegie Mellon's robot snakes before, but you have to check out this clip of their robosnake navigating a trap. This is how Cobra Commander is watching you sleep. » 12/11/10 10:30am 12/11/10 10:30am

The teeth of a 200 million years old reptile reveal how snakes got…

Snakes and other creatures have been menacing the world with venomous fangs since the early days of the dinosaurs, but until now nobody quite knew how they got their most fearsome weapon. Now a paleontologist has solved this evolutionary mystery. » 11/28/10 9:35am 11/28/10 9:35am

Timothy Olyphant for Snake Plissken. It could happen!

Director Breck Eisner is itching to work with his Crazies lead Timothy Olyphant again, but does this mean there's a spot for him in Eisner's upcoming Escape From New York remake? Sounds like there's a chance. » 6/24/10 7:00am 6/24/10 7:00am

How Do Spitting Cobras Hit Their Prey With Such Accuracy?

Spitting Cobras are a major danger in Africa and Southeast Asia. They have an unnerving ability to spit venom in the eyes of even the fastest moving targets. Why do they have such good aim? » 5/14/10 11:00am 5/14/10 11:00am

Velociraptor's Cousin Had a Venomous Bite

Raptors get more fearsome all the time. Jurassic Park painted velociraptors as clever, fleet-footed predators, and they may have hunted from trees. Now researchers suspect their turkey-sized relative had a venomous bite — and other raptors might have it, too. » 12/21/09 1:56pm 12/21/09 1:56pm