Snake Information & News

Snake Fungal Disease Appeared In USA As Far Back As 1945, Study Says

A microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, looked at more than 500 preserved snakes in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Zoological Museum and what was known as the Morehead State University Museum Collection, and…

Male Sea Snakes Pursue Scuba Divers In Mating Embrace

Male olive sea snakes (Aipysurus laevis) in Australia’s Great Barrier reef have been documented pursuing scuba divers in cases of mistaken identity to breed with them, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers took a…

New Species Of Keelback Snake Discovered In India

Researchers have described a new species of snake of the genus Rhabdophis discovered in a forested region of Northeast India. The snake, Rhabdophis bindi, is similar morphologically to the Himalayan red necked keelback (Rhabdophis himalayanus), but lacks a nuchal groove…

2021 Florida Python Challenge Nets 223 Snakes

The 2021 Florida Python Challenge saw hunters remove 223 of the invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) from south Florida during the 10-day competition, more than any other year. The challenge, which is held every year in an effort to…

Snakes Tagged In Japan To Measure Radioactivity In Fukushima

Scientists in Japan have outfitted nine Japanese rat snakes (Elaphe climacophora and E. quadrivirgata) with tracking devices with dosimeters, radiation measuring tools, to get measure the radioactivity in and around Fukushima, nearly 10 years after the tsunami and nuclear disaster struck Japan.…

Eight Pet Snakes Recovered From Washington Park

Someone apparently released eight large constricting snakes into a park in Washington State. The snakes, two of which are Boa constrictors, and one a ball python, were captured July 22 by the Camas Police Department's animal control. The remaining five…

Snake Venom-Derived Super Glue Stops Bleeding In Seconds

Researchers with the University of Western Ontario have used a blood clotting enzyme called reptilase or batroxobin to create a glue that is so strong in its properties that it can stop bleeding in mere seconds. Western University bioengineer Kibret…

Aussie Trucker Pulls Over To Move Python Off The Road

A truck driver in the Northern Territories of Australia happened upon a black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus) that was cruising up the middle of a dirt road, not even trying to cross it. So the truck driver, whose twitter handle is…

Spitting Cobra Escapes In Raleigh, NC

A venomous snake identified by the Raleigh, NC police department as a zebra (Naja nigricincta) spitting cobra, has been reported missing from a keeper in north Raleigh, according to a news alert on News Observer. The department’s animal control unit…

Man Out Herping Gets Bit By Copperhead Snake

Steven Johnson was out herping and recording video in Maryland for his YouTube channel when, while walking down a path, he was bitten by a copperhead snake (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen). Johnson was on a trail in the Marshy Point Nature…

12 Eastern Indigo Snakes Released In Northern Florida

The Nature Conservancy announced today that it has released 12 Eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi) in northern Florida's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP) in Bristol, in an effort to return the native reptile to the region that it has…

Deadline To Tag Your Non-Native Reptile In Florida Is July 28

The University of Florida, in conjunction with the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold free Passive Integrated Transponder tagging days for your green iguana or tegu (and other non-native reptiles) to help owners to comply with the July…

185-Year-Old Painting Helps ID New Indian Snake Species

An Indian snake that was first collected in the mid-19th Century and described first via snake skins in 1796, and named the banded racer (Argyrogena fasciolata), was in actuality a completely different species. Herpetologist Dr. Deepak Veerappan of the Natural…

Ibiza Island Wall Lizard Devastated By Invasive Snake

The population of the Ibiza wall lizard (Podarcis pityusensis) the last remaining endemic vertebrate on the island of Ibiza in the western Mediterranean Sea, has become prey over the last 18 years by an invasive snake that was brought to…

USFWS Finalizes 20,326 Acres For Northern Mexican Garter Snake

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat protection for the northern Mexican garter snake (Thamnophis eques megalops), after decades of inaction by the service. The USFWS designated 20,326 acres of critical habitat in the counties of La…

North Carolina Wants To Know If You See Rattlesnakes And Pine Snakes

If you live in the state of North Carolina, or are visiting the state and happen to see a pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus), timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), Eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) or the Carolina pigmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarus), the…

New Krait Species Discovered In China

Chinese and German researchers have discovered a new to science venomous snake that was confirmed to have killed renowned herpetologist Joseph B. Slowinski in 2001. The snake, Suzhen's krait (Bungarus suzhenae) is named after Bai Su Zhen, the snake goddess…