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Not venomous but a very cool study on prey acquisition by constrictors. Have a quick read.
Here is the link so you can read for yourself: http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2009/12/groovy_teeth_but_was_sinornithosaurus_a_venomous_dinosaur.php
Reptiles are usually depicted as uncaring parents who lay their eggs or give live birth and then continue on with their lives leaving their offspring to fend for themselves. Research by Melissa Amarello is showing that rattlesnakes have a much more complex social structure than was once previously thought and that parental care is indeed provided. Here is a link to her website. I highly recommend checking out: http://socialsnakes.blogspot.com/
Check out this documentary starring Rom Whitaker. Refreshing to see one done right in today’s world of sensationalized venomous snake shows. Here is the description provided.
“From the giant King Cobra to the tiny sawscaled viper, India is home to many of the world’s deadliest snakes. Now a new report has revealed that India is in the middle of a snakebite epidemic of epic proportions, with a loss of human life far in excess of any official figures.
Armed with more than forty years of field experience, snake expert Romulus Whitaker and his team set out on a journey around India to investigate the natural history behind these chilling new statistics and to see what can be done to help India’s people and ultimately, its snakes.”
Very cool work by these guys. Shows how a using venom to better understand pathways can lead to possible drug leads.
Please take a minute to read this op-ed piece by Chip Ward.
“If you drag heavy fishnets across the ocean floor and pulverise an entire ecosystem, ending thousands of years of dynamic evolution and depriving future generations of a healthy ocean, it’s called free enterprise. But if, like Tim DeChristopher, you disrupt an auction of public land to oil and gas companies, it’s called a crime and you get two years in jail.”