Coronavirus outbreak in China traced to snakes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 hours
Emerging viral infections -- from bird flu to Ebola to Zika infections -- pose major threats to global public health, and understanding their origins can help investigators design defensive strategies against future outbreaks. A... more
New coronavirus may have 'jumped' to humans from snakes, study finds  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 hour
The study concluded that snakes are "the most probable wildlife animal reservoir" for the new coronavirus. more
Lizard and snake size unrelated to climate  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
For well over a century, scientists have thought climate is a key factor affecting the evolution of animal body sizes. However, a recent study has shown that, for squamates, a group of reptiles that... more
Fanged frogs, dwarf crocodiles and folding tortoises? Welcome to West Africa  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Forget the peculiar creatures populating the pages of Alice in Wonderland. This is your chance to follow in the footsteps of the intrepid explorers who have... more
Scientists Sequence Genome of Indian Cobra  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra (Naja naja), a highly venomous, medically important snake. Accidental contact with... more
NASA postpones procurement of lander for VIPER lunar rover  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA has delayed the release of a task order that’s part of its commercial lunar lander program for... more
How rattlesnakes' scales help them sip rainwater from their bodies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
During storms in the southwestern U.S., some rattlesnakes drink rain droplets from scales on their backs. This unusual behavior could help them survive in a desert environment with... more
Indian cobra genome sequenced in search for new antivenom  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A large international team of researchers affiliated with corporate and academic institutions has sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra. In their paper published in the journal Nature Genetics, the... more
Snake-like proteins can wrangle DNA  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
It turns out the coiled snakes often used to symbolize medical knowledge are more than apt. They also mimic a key to life itself. more
Snake-like proteins can wrangle DNA  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Theoretical simulations suggest structural maintenance of chromosome proteins coil not only around each other but also around the strands of DNA they help manipulate. These strands are formed into loops that regulate transcription and other cellular processes. more
Super Bowl python hunt 'glorifies' slaughter of snakes, should be canceled, PETA says  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to cancel the 2020 Python Bowl, saying... more
How rattlesnakes' scales help them sip rainwater from their bodies