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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...
WATCH: Sssss-tylish Snakes In Top Hats!

WATCH: Sssss-tylish Snakes In Top Hats!

William Goodman  10. 7.2013
There are items out there on the Internet that lack any real rhyme or reason, but we absolutely love them all the same. This video is one...

Jungle Beat: We Got Critters

10. 4.2013
Do the Hawaiian authorities not want to inconvenience arriving tourists, for fear of losing the precious dollars they add to the State's...
Man To Open Store, Sell The 850 Snakes In His Garage

Man To Open Store, Sell The 850 Snakes In His Garage

09.30.2013
SHIRLEY, N.Y. — A Long Island animal control officer found with more than 850 snakes in his garage is moving them to a storage facility...