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Posted by: Editor on 4/19/2012
We hatched out a Lesser Platinum ball python in 2011 that was born with no eyes. Someone recently asked to see a photo, so we figured we would make it a quick blog post. Read on if interested in seeing the photo.
Posted by: Editor on 3/6/2012
The Burmese Python has come under a tremendous amount of scrutiny of late, primarily for controversy surrounding a self-sustaining population of the non-native snake species in the Florida Everglades. Fears of giant snakes taking over the country and the associated hysteria make for good media headlines and ample fodder for headline hungry politicians, and have even led to legislation seeking to ban the ownership of large constrictors. Given the beating the poor Burmese Python has taken in the press and in Washington, we thought we’d quickly flag an interesting piece of research related to the Burmese Python than may have positive consequences for human health! Read on if interested.
Posted by: Editor on 3/6/2012
We recently posted a brief discussion of mimicry in which we mentioned the coral snake and it’s milk snake mimics. We wanted to post a brief follow-up with some photos we pulled off the web, as well as some quick additional observations about milk snakes.
Categories: Biology | Evolution | Venemous |
Posted by: Editor on 2/15/2012
“Red on yellow kills a fellow; red on black, friend of Jack!” That’s one of several old folk rhymes used to help distinguish between the poisonous coral snake and several non-venemous mimic species of kingsnake and millk snake (though this only works in North America, as coral snakes in other parts of the world may not follow this rule of thumb precisely!) We’ve always found mimicry fascinating in the animal kingdom. How and why does mimicry arise? How do mimics choose their models? What’s the difference between Batesian mimicry and Mullerian mimicry? Read on if interested in exploring the issue in more detail.
Categories: Biology |
Posted by: Editor on 5/2/2011
We thought we’d write a quick post on predator and prey interactions as the subject relates to snakes. We find the topic particularly interesting, for in many cases it is the interaction between predators and prey that drives evolutionary development forward. This post only touches on the topic, and we plan to return to the subject in greater detail going forward on a recurring basis. Our intention is to use this post as a baseline from which to launch into a greater exploration of the multitude of predator and prey interactions as related to snakes in the future. If it sounds like a topic you’d like to delve into further, then by all means read on.
Categories: Biology |
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