Captive snake with no male companion gives birth – again

For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex. Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center say a female yellow-bellied water snake reproduced on her own in 2014 and again this summer. TheContinue reading “Captive snake with no male companion gives birth – again”

Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly

A Serbian herpetologist was out snake-tagging in Macedonia when she came across a bizarre find: A young viper, with a centipede’s head poking out of its abdomen. It took Ljiljana Tomovic 10 seconds to figure out what it was: The snake had swallowed the centipede, which had then tried to cut a path to freedomContinue reading “Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly”

Reality show snake-handling preacher dies — of snakebite

By Ashley Fantz, CNN A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snakebite. Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said. On “Snake Salvation,” the ardent Pentecostal believer said that he believed that a passage in the Bible suggests poisonousContinue reading “Reality show snake-handling preacher dies — of snakebite”

9 lousy places for a vacation

1. Buford, Wyoming Formerly sporting a bustling population of two, Buford now only has a single resident. 2. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch The Patch is a basically immobile, gigantic mass of trash out in the middle of the Pacific. Most estimates put its size—composed entirely of plastic bottles, chemical sludge, and basically any otherContinue reading “9 lousy places for a vacation”

Man dies after winning live roach-eating contest in Florida

A contestant in a roach-eating contest who downed dozens of live bugs and worms collapsed and died shortly after winning the contest in South Florida, authorities say. About 30 contestants ingested the insects during Friday night’s contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize wasContinue reading “Man dies after winning live roach-eating contest in Florida”

Black Mamba venom discovered to be a better painkiller than morphine

  A painkiller as powerful as morphine, but without most of the side-effects, has been found in the deadly venom of the black mamba, say French scientists. The predator, which uses neurotoxins to paralyse and kill small animals, is one of the fastest and most dangerous snakes in Africa. However, tests on mice, reported inContinue reading “Black Mamba venom discovered to be a better painkiller than morphine”

Ebola-like virus identified as cause of inclusion body disease that twists snakes into knots revealed

Scientists have finally found the cause of a mysterious disease that makes snakes tie themselves up into knots, stare off into space, and waste away—the reptiles are infected with an Ebola-like virus, a new study says. The fatal condition known as inclusion body disease (IBD) was first diagnosed in snakes, particularly pythons and boa constrictors,Continue reading “Ebola-like virus identified as cause of inclusion body disease that twists snakes into knots revealed”

New type of snake discovered in Brazil

  Experts came across the Atretochoana eiselti, which experts have dubbed the  “floppy  snake”, as they examined a hydroelectric dam on a river in the Amazon. Six of the eyeless creatures — actually a family of “blind snake”  more  closely related to the salamander — were found living at the  bottom of the  Madeira RiverContinue reading “New type of snake discovered in Brazil”

Snake-Cake

Francesca Pitcher from North Star Cakes in the UK created an amazingly realistic cake for her daughter’s birthday that looks exactly like a Burmese python. She put some photos up on her Facebook page and before she knew it the photos began to spread around online. It’s truly touching reading her comments as she updatesContinue reading “Snake-Cake”