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Eastern hognose snake (<em>Heterodon platyrhinos</em>). Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heterodon_platirhinos_head.jpg">Dawson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platyrhinos). Photo: Dawson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Our mildly venomous neighbor, the Hognose snake

The Eastern hognose snake is better known by its nickname, puff adder, derived from its aggressive display when disturbed. Its bite is mildly venomous, capable of sedating small prey, such as toads. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss this common northeastern reptile.  Go to full article
Brown tree snake. Photo: Wikipedia
Brown tree snake. Photo: Wikipedia

Natural Selections: Places with no snakes

Were there really no snakes before St. Patrick showed up? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager ponder this and other questions. They explain that there are, in fact, places with no native snakes, particularly isolated places like New Zealand and Greenland.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Rattlesnake Poison

Rattlesnakes and its other poisonous cousins in the US seem to be getting more toxic. Dr. Curt tells Martha Foley about one theory: that habitat loss and hunting pressure are reducing the average size and age of the reptiles, who have stronger venom when younger.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Adirondack snakes

A class asked Martha Foley and Curt Stager about the snakes of the region. There are about 10 indigenous species, only one poisonous. The most elusive is the worm snake, which looks like--and feeds on--its namesake.  Go to full article

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