Snake Information & News

ESA Protections Sought For Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake

The Tucson shovel-nosed snake (Chionactis occipitalis klauberi) a beautiful snake native to Arizona that is noted for its black and red stripes should be listed as an endangered species because the reptile’s prime habitat is threatened by urban sprawl, according…

Patternless Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Documented In Florida

What is an eastern diamondback rattlesnake without the distinctive diamondback pattern that the snake is named for? In this case, it is a patternless eastern diamondback rattlesnake. Found in north Florida, a patternless eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) has been documented…

Ball Python Killed In Georgia Backyard

Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Urban Wildlife Program picked up a dead ball python that was killed in someone’s backyard. The Walton County homeowner killed the reptile and turned it in to the DNR’s local extension office. It was confirmed…

Copperhead Snake Bites Have Little Effect On Alligators Due To Their Blood

American Alligators  (Alligator mississippiensis) have properties in their blood that Auburn University researchers say help them to avoid succumbing to venomous snake bites, particularly from the Eastern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix). The researchers looked at Eastern copperhead snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMP)…

Two-Headed Russell’s Viper Found In India

Susanta Nanda of the Indian Forest Service uploaded a video to Twitter of a two-headed Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii) that was rescued in Maharashtra, a state in the western peninsular region of India. The reptile will probably spend the rest…

5,000 Burmese Pythons Removed From Everglades

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in conjunction with the South Florida Water Management District announced that 5,000 invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) have been removed from the Florida Everglades ecosystem since the first Python Challenge was launched…

Rattlesnakes Still Strike Fast In Cold Weather, Study Says

Researchers with Sand Diego State University and UC Riverside, both institutions of higher learning in southern California wanted to know how cooler temperatures affected the way rattlesnakes strike and if the cold slowed the strikes of these reptiles down. So,…

Everglades Wonder Gardens Reptile Ambassador Stolen

Hera, an albino red-tailed boa constrictor (Boa constrictor) and the animal ambassador at Everglades Wonder Gardens in Florida was stolen, along with five other reptiles this week. The botanical garden and rescued animal attraction also lost a ball python (Python…

Python Goes After Porcupine And It Doesn’t Go Too Well

Indian rock pythons eat a lot of things but porcupines are hard to swallow. Porcupines have quills for a reason, and that is to better defend themselves from predators. In the case of an Indian rock python (Python molurus) trying…