Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.
We identify a few harmless spiders you’ve probably seen around the house and backyard — and a few that are best avoided.
The weather is warming up, and snakes are coming out to bask in the sun. But we don’t need to tell tall tales to appreciate snakes – the truth is far more fascinating.
A new study of how stinging tree venom causes intense agony may help uncover new ways to manage pain.
Facebook groups exist to share information about most classes of animals and plants, and these communities have unprecedented observational power.
Social media has proved to be a helpful source of observations of snakes feeding. Knowing more about their diet is useful because it’s linked to their venom biochemistry.
In the blue corner is the extremely venomous Black Mamba – top snake of Africa – and in the red corner is the muscular Inland Taipan – Australia’s alpha snake.
Not much is known about the pathology of trauma of black mamba bites – that is, what the black mamba’s toxin does, physically, inside a victim’s system.
The Mohave rattlesnake is famous for its variable venom – but the reasons behind that variation are not as straightforward as we thought.
Venom is an engrossing science fiction film, which balances intense action sequences with disarming humour. Viewing it in 4DX, however, did not add to the experience.
Parasites can tip the scales and take advantage of their hosts, stealing nutrients or resources. But can they control minds?
Coordinated international efforts may be key to improving the life expectancy and health of many snakebite victims.
While bee sting deaths are rare, bees cause more hospitalisations than any venomous creature.
Indian-made antivenoms, common throughout Africa because they are affordable, showed little-to-no neutralisation of the African Echis venoms.
There has been at least one fatal bite from a very small brown snake in Australia. But now we know that venom is different in adult and baby brown snakes.
If one venomous snake bites a mouse and injects venom into it, you can then feed that same dead mouse to another snake. The second snake won’t die.
Venom from lizards such as the Komodo dragon has the potential to treat heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
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.
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.