The way humans make an 'ssss' noise is different to the way a snake does it. We put our tongue behind our teeth when we hiss, but for a snake the tongue isn't involved at all in making sounds.
Don't hold back. Performing CPR on a snakebite victim who has collapsed can save their life, however imperfect your technique.
The best cure against a snakebite is to avoid being bitten at all. Here is what you need to know about snakebites, antivenom, and what you need to do if bitten.
For over a century Australia’s venomous snakes have been counted amongst the world’s deadliest, yet human fatalities remain strikingly rare. How did our snakes develop such a fearsome reputation?
New research shows that puff adders use two luring techniques to attract prey within striking range.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 have developed impressive techniques to avoid being detected by predators.
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 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?
There's a simple reason why Australia isn't the most lethal nation in the world.
News that a leading manufacturer will cease making a well-known antivenom is not actually new.
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.
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.