Canadian Family Finds 102 Snakes Seeking Refuge In Their Home

Call it "snakes on the plains." A Canadian wildlife rescue group recently collected — get this — 102 garter snakes from a single Regina, Saskatchewan home after the serpents sought shelter there for the winter. The largest snake was about three feet long — and there are still more inside the house. » 10/22/14 7:30am Wednesday 7:30am

Are Humans Hardwired to Detect Snakes?

The “snake detection theory” holds that snakes played a significant role in the evolution of humans and other primates. They molded our brains, shaped our visual systems, and helped us survive. Now there is new evidence to back up this unusual theory, which explains both our agile minds and our uncanny ability to… » 10/29/13 11:00am 10/29/13 11:00am

Mighty mouse attacks venomous snake to free its fellow mouse

Just because you're prey, that doesn't mean that you have to take being eaten lying down. At Hangzhou Zoo in Zhejiang province, eastern China, zookeepers witnessed an unusual sight after two live mice were placed in a snake's enclosure for supper. As the snake started to eat one of the mice, the other began biting the… » 3/09/13 5:00pm 3/09/13 5:00pm

U.S. To Drop Toxic Mice On Guam's Invasive Snakes

Last September we told you about how snakes are turning Guam into a spider-infested horror show. The island's brown tree snake population has reached epic proportions and is now threatening Guam's native bird species, along with neighboring islands. But where the U.S. government dropped shells on the island back in… » 2/22/13 11:20am 2/22/13 11:20am

Say hello to Imantodes chocoensis, a new snake with anime eyes and a…

Researchers scouring the Chocoan forest in northwestern Ecuador have discovered an unknown species of blunt-headed vine snake, what they're formally calling Imantodes chocoensis. And it's pretty neat — it's got an absolutely huge set of eyes, a head the size of a penny, and a long, stringy body that's proportioned… » 11/29/12 10:36am 11/29/12 10:36am

Scientists identify virus that makes snakes tie themselves into knots…

This is about as nightmarish as it must get for snakes: Scientists have finally identified an ebola-related disease that causes snakes to tie themselves into knots, stare off into space, and waste away. The condition, which was first discovered in the 1980s, is called inclusion body disease (IBD), and is known to… » 8/24/12 11:07am 8/24/12 11:07am

Watch intrepid scientists wrestle the biggest Burmese python ever found…

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is full of extremely adventurous scientists. They walk around on volcanoes, hunt down giant mud slides, and — who knew? — wrestle with pythons in the Florida Everglades. USGS communications coordinator Ben Young Landis just emailed io9 to tell us all about this enormous snake: » 8/14/12 4:24pm 8/14/12 4:24pm