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8 Pets That May Actually Be Illegal In Your State

8 Pets That May Actually Be Illegal In Your State

Clarke Reilly  04. 9.2014
At some point in our lives, the majority of us have known the joys of caring for a beloved pet, whether it was an adorably loyal Labrador...
REVEALED: Deadly Reptile's Strange Survival Technique

REVEALED: Deadly Reptile's Strange Survival Technique

Joel N. Shurkin  03.28.2014
(Inside Science) -- Like most creatures, sea snakes need to hydrate from time to time, yet they live in a world of mostly undrinkable sea...
WATCH: Snake Study Reveals Surprising Skill

WATCH: Snake Study Reveals Surprising Skill

Sarah C. P. Williams  03.23.2014
Taking an invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) out of the Everglades may be a lot easier than keeping it out. That’s because...
Travel Adventure: My Worst Nightmare, Attacked by a Giant Python

Travel Adventure: My Worst Nightmare, Attacked by a Giant Python

03.20.2014
As we scaled coral cliffs and peered down into a dark crevice, I queried our agile guide in flip-flops about what we would do in case of...
Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

03. 3.2014
This strange early twentieth-century expression of religious faith is not widespread -- confined to a small number of churches in the southeastern...
7 Phobias You Probably Have (And Why)

7 Phobias You Probably Have (And Why)

02.11.2014
Many phobias--those irrational, excessive fears that send us into trembling pools of dread--are rooted in evolutionary history.
Too Much Internet News Can Drive You Crazy (or Why I Decided Putting a Microwave on the Toilet was a Good Idea)

Too Much Internet News Can Drive You Crazy (or Why I Decided Putting a Microwave on the Toilet was a Good Idea)

01.30.2014
I came to the realization I was reading too much internet news recently. I skimmed past Taylor Swift's latest romantic woes and the article...
Woman Finds Python In Secondhand S-s-s-s-sofa

Woman Finds Python In Secondhand S-s-s-s-sofa

01. 1.2014
Now here's a story guaranteed to make you squirm. A woman in Michigan recently got the surprise of her life when she discovered a large...

Snakebit: Parshat Va'Eira

12.25.2013
G-d sends Moses and Aaron to confront Pharoah again. Staffs turn into snakes during the showdown. But there is more going on than meets...
Should The Burmese Python Ban Be Overturned?

Should The Burmese Python Ban Be Overturned?

David Fleshler  12.20.2013
A reptile industry trade group has gone to court to overturn a federal ban on the import of four species of large snake, including the...
EXPLAINED: Huge Snake's Extreme Eating Ability

EXPLAINED: Huge Snake's Extreme Eating Ability

Stephanie Pappas  12. 3.2013
The first complete sequence of any snake genome reveals that Burmese pythons evolved rapidly to be able to eat prey as big as their own...

Not Going to Finish Your Vegetables? Maybe You Can Blame Your Genes

11.27.2013
That mushy steamed spinach au gratin? The Brussels sprouts in... whatever that sauce is? There may be more than a bit of green left on...

Pet Snakes Are Constricting Our Public Safety

10.30.2013
In the summer of 2013 alone, deadly pet snakes were on the loose in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Wisconsin...
Did Snakes Help Build The Primate Brain?

Did Snakes Help Build The Primate Brain?

Kelly Servick  10.29.2013
The sinuous shape triggers a primal jolt of recognition: snake! A new study of the monkey brain suggests that primates are uniquely adapted...