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Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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If you're a sea snail, finding a date amid the leaves and twisting branches of Hong Kong's mangrove forests is a tricky affair. Fortunately, males of the species Littoraria ardouiniana (shown) and L. melanostoma have hit upon a good solution. During breeding season, the gastropods seem to be able to sniff out the mucus trails left behind by traveling females, researchers report online this month in Animal Behaviour. In the lab, males traced female trails more often than trails lain by other males or females of another species. These slow-moving bloodhounds (the video depicts snails moving at four times their normal speed) may be picking up on as-of-yet undiscovered pheromones in the females' mucus, the team says, hinting at a possible new Chanel fragrance: Eau du Ooze.
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