A reconstruction of Euchambersia with its venomous and ridged fangs.
SimplexPaléo/Alex Bernardini (alex-bernardini.fr)
CT scanning allows scientists to observe and "dissect" fossils digitally using computer software - and to uncover secrets that are hundreds of millions of years old.
Just another of Australia’s creepy crawlies… but will it kill you?
Australia's snakes, spiders and other venomous critters tend to strike fear in many people. But is Australia's reputation as a nation of deadly creatures deserved?
The black mamba is one of the most notorious venomous snakes in the world.
One way to tackle the snakebite antivenom crisis may be through biotechnological innovation to make antivenoms more cost-effective, easier to produce, and more efficacious against snakebites.
TV audiences cheered on the iguanas' escape, but won't somebody think of the poor snakes?
We should be worried about the adder – but not because it's dangerous.
Not your average starling.
Metallic starlings – not the kind that live in your roof – breed in huge colonies that draw thousands of animals.
Scientists have uncovered the genetics that explain the snake's impressive length – and used the science to create extra-long mice.
An anaconda peers above and below the water. Did snakes evolve on land or underwater?
Michael Lee (Flinders University & South Australian Museum)
One of the enduring controversies in evolution is why snakes evolved their long, limbless bodies. A new study suggests snakes may have lost their legs at sea, before crawling ashore.
Puff adders can become motionless and scentless to avoid detection by those preying on them.
Puff adders have developed impressive techniques to avoid being detected by predators.
Research into their molecular components shows venoms aren’t all bad.
Many venoms contain bioactive components that are so stable to the body's enzymes and selective of their biological target that they're increasingly being used as novel research tools.
Australian snakes can kill the most mice with the smallest amount of venom.
Australian snakes are the best mouse killers in the whole world. And while that's clearly bad news for mice, how does it translate into human risk?
Is Australia really the most lethal nation on earth when it comes down to it?
There's a simple reason why Australia isn't the most lethal nation in the world.
A deadly meeting? The potentially lethal viper, Echis carinatus.
News that a leading manufacturer will cease making a well-known antivenom is not actually new.
Gerry meets Kaulback’s pit viper, which could be one of the most lethal snakes in India. Inset picture: Wolfgang Wüster.
Each year, 45,000 people die from snakebite in India. A big international project has now set out to reduce this by hunting down and documenting dangerously venomous snakes.
Snake ancestor was crawly as well as creepy.
Dave Martill, University of Portsmouth
A new study of the first ever snake fossil with legs suggests that snakes evolved on land rather than in the ocean, as previously thought.
Most snakebite deaths, and most hospital admissions, are due to brown snakes.
In October 2014, a 41-year-old man in the goldfields region of Western Australia collapsed and died within an hour of being bitten by the brown snake he was trying to capture. While such deaths are infrequent…
Speaks with a forked tongue.
Many people think a snake’s forked tongue is creepy. Every so often, the snake waves it around rapidly, then retracts it. Theories explaining the forked tongues of snakes have been around for thousands…
Feared for a good reason.
With the announcement of an inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, talk of poisons is back in the news. There are many articles with lists of the most poisonous substances, which are often gathered…
The inland taipan is world famous for its venom.
Australia is world famous for its venomous critters, including its many highly venomous snakes. The snake that holds the popular title of “world’s most venomous” is the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus…
The West African Gaboon viper’s pattern of cream, yellow, brown and black scales helps it blend in with leaves, but a new…