Snakes in Costa Rica Bite People More Often During El Niño Years

Snakes, like other reptiles, rely on the environment around them to regulate their body temperature, and that makes them very sensitive to temperature fluctuations like those brought by El Niño. Changes in the weather can change snakes’ activity levels, their distribution, and their foraging habits in ways that may… »9/13/15 3:39pm9/13/15 3:39pm

In A Snake Orgy, Ejaculate Can Get Expensive

Every spring, male red-sided garter snakes enter the mother of all meat-markets. While mature males can breed every year, females are only fertile once every three years, which puts them in very short supply. The result? Snake orgy, obviously. But for male snakes, this sexual free-for-all comes at a surprisingly high… »5/11/15 10:23am5/11/15 10:23am

Oh Great, Surgeons Want To Shove These Robot Snakes Down Our Throats

In addition to completely freaking us out, it turns out that the robotic snakes being developed at universities like Carnegie Mellonsome serve some practical purposes as well. A company called Medrobotics Corporation will soon begin marketing robot snake-assisted surgical device designed to crawl down a patient's… »4/04/14 6:00pm4/04/14 6:00pm

How to Make Your Own Anti-Venom without Poisoning a Horse

The Iocane Powder trick really does work! As this slick educational short from the SciShow explains, you've got two choices when it comes to treating deadly, deadly snake bites: you can either hopefully make it to a hospital in time to counter the toxins with dozens of expensive vials of delicate anti-venom, or you… »5/17/13 7:00pm5/17/13 7:00pm

Guam's Solving Its Snake Problem With a Horrifying Rain of Poisoned Mouse Paratroopers

Guam has a problem with brown tree snakes. Specifically, it has two million brown tree snakes, and they're slowly decimating other native species. So scientists have come up with a solution, the only logical one really: fill a bunch of dead mice with painkillers, give each corpse a tiny parachute, and throw them all… »2/22/13 5:20pm2/22/13 5:20pm

Snakes on a Plane Forced a Plane to Make an Emergency Landing

Sometimes you have just had it with those motherfucking snakes on a motherfucking plane. Samuel L. Jackson knows this all too well. And now, ninety passengers aboard an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Kuwait know too. An Egyptian Cobra bit a man and started slithering under the seats of an airplane forcing the pilot to… »12/05/12 1:00am12/05/12 1:00am

This 26 Pound 36,000 Calorie Gummy Python Will Probably Still Kill You

Ironically, dying at the hands of a real python would probably be less agonizing than the prolonged torture of consuming this eight foot long, 26 pound, 36,720 calorie gummy snake. You can grab one in Blue Raspberry/Green Apple or Red Cherry/Blue Raspberry for $150; just make sure your last will and testament is… »11/07/12 5:40pm11/07/12 5:40pm