How many NCPR staffers does it take to screw in a light bulb, you ask? No less than three, plus astronomer and physics professor Aileen O’Donoghue to explain how everything works, a few St. Lawrence University grads, and a professional to...
Paul Smiths, NY, May 01, 2014 — 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
Paul Smiths, NY, Jul 21, 2011 — 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
Paul Smiths, NY, Jul 08, 2010 — 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
Jan 10, 2008 — 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