The Python Invasion Of The Everglades Is Even Worse Than We Thought

Invasive Burmese pythons, descended from former pets that were released into the wild, are doing an incredibly effective job of wiping out anything that's small, furry, and native to the Everglades. And a new study published this week shows that the local wildlife basically has no defense... except » 3/19/15 11:10am 3/19/15 11:10am

Boas Given A Passssss On List Of Snakes Banned From Import

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added four constricting snakes to its trade and import ban list: the reticulated python and three kinds of anacondas (DeSchauensee's, Beni, and green). However, in a controversial decision, the boa constrictor was dropped from the list. » 3/09/15 4:40pm 3/09/15 4:40pm

Incredible Images Show A Python Devouring An Entire Wallaby

A park ranger in Australia's Nitmiluk national park recently stumbled upon an extraordinary scene: an 8-foot long olive python swallowing an entire agile wallaby joey. » 12/30/14 6:40am 12/30/14 6:40am

Seriously, Fuck Discovery And Its 'Eaten Alive' By An Anaconda Show

Last night, the Discovery Channel aired its controversial special Eaten Alive, in which a man tried (and failed) to get a green anaconda to eat him. And while we're glad that it didn't get that far, this special was just a bullshit excuse to use fear of these animals for the sake of ratings. » 12/08/14 1:00pm 12/08/14 1:00pm

Why The Discovery Channel's "Eaten Alive" Stunt Could Kill An Ananconda

We don't know if the Discovery Channel's upcoming Eaten Alive special will truly show an adult man being swallowed by an anaconda. But regardless of whether it's real or fake, you should steer clear of this special, because if an anaconda did try to swallow a human, it would injure—and could even kill—the snake. » 11/14/14 12:19pm 11/14/14 12:19pm

Stop This Man from Being Eaten by a Snake on the Discovery Channel

Last week the Discovery Channel claimed they would film a man being eaten alive in an snake-proof suit for their "Eaten Alive" special. Naturally, this did not go over well. And people are already starting to protest. » 11/11/14 3:30pm 11/11/14 3:30pm

Discovery Claims It Will Show A Man Being "Eaten Alive" By An Anaconda

In a bizarre bid for TV ratings, the Discovery Channel has announced an upcoming special Eaten Alive, in which a wildlife filmmaker in a "snake-proof" suit will supposedly crawl inside a live anaconda. Uh...does the anaconda get a say in this? » 11/05/14 1:17pm 11/05/14 1:17pm

Virgin Birth Discovered In The World's Largest Snake

When a mommy snake loves a daddy snake very much, sometimes they make a baby snake. At least, that's what you've been taught. But a twenty-foot two-hundred pound female reticulated python didn't follow the rules, giving birth to six offspring with no help from a male. » 10/26/14 5:03pm 10/26/14 5:03pm

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 10/22/14 7:30am

Why Roads Are More Dangerous For Animals Than We Realized

Roads are a serious problem for many animals and a leading cause of direct mortality among certain populations. Most of these collisions are unpreventable, but as a rather upsetting study conducted in Brazil shows, many small animals are often deliberately struck by motorists. » 9/25/14 1:40pm 9/25/14 1:40pm

Snake Insistently Plays Dead, Is a Giant Ham About It

Playing dead is a common defensive move among animals. But the hognose snake is insistent about it. At the end of the video, they try to flip the snake the right way around, and it almost instantly ripples its body so that it's on its back. As if it's saying, "I'm DEAD, okay? Leave me alone." » 8/07/14 4:00am 8/07/14 4:00am

On Top of Everything Else, Snakes Can Spray Stink On You

It's not enough that snakes kill us with their venom, crush our ribs, and get us kicked out of Eden. They also have powerful stink secretions that can't be washed off. Learn why there is yet another reason to give snakes a wide berth. » 5/24/14 11:00am 5/24/14 11:00am

This Snake's Last Meal Tried To Eat Its Way Out

A Serbian biologist recently stumbled upon a rather disturbing sight, one that took her a few moments to process: A young viper snake had swallowed a centipede practically its own size — but it proved to be a meal that wasn't quite ready to give up. » 4/17/14 7:20am 4/17/14 7:20am

X-Ray Of A Snake Who Mistook Golf Balls For Delicious Chicken Eggs

This snake slithered into a chicken coop looking for a tasty treat, and instead made a meal of a pair of golf balls. Fortunately, a sympathetic human rushed the snake to a team of veterinarians. » 3/21/14 10:20am 3/21/14 10:20am

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

Watch this snake turn its tail into a creepy-crawly spider

Some animals are known to use parts of their bodies as luries to entice and capture prey. But this snake, the recently described and aptly named spider-tailed viper, has taken the trick to the next level. » 7/12/13 12:20pm 7/12/13 12:20pm

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