Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica and New Zealand are the only countries in the world with no native or wild snake populations. irelandbeforeyoudie.com/w…
Today I learned about Rattlesnake Kate, a Colorado woman who slaughtered 140 rattle snakes with a .22 and a "No Hunting" sign to save her baby. Afterwards, she made herself a dress, shoes and a belt from the snakeskins. greeleymuseums.com/a-girl…
The Lewis & Clark expedition only suffered one casualty. Dysentery, snake bites, a dislocated shoulder, venereal disease and Lewis being shot in the buttocks after being mistaken for an elk all threatened the group's well-being, but the only man to die did so as a result of a burst appendix. history.com/news/10-littl…
In ancient Rome the punishment for killing a parent, the worst of all crimes, involved the perpetrator being sewn into a sack with a monkey, a snake, a dog and a chicken and then thrown into the Tiber to drown. historytoday.com/history-…
Female snakes can decide whether or not they become pregnant after intercourse bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
A Texas man nearly died after being bitten by a rattlesnake that he decapitated with a shovel. The snake's head bit down on his hand, 10 minutes after being removed from its body, after he reached down to move it with a stick. rd.com/article/the-snakes…
Snakes kill up to 138,000 people per year bbc.com/news/world-453320…
Vince McMahon (of WWF/E fame) funded Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon jump en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
The Inland Taipan is the most toxic snake in the world (death in 45mins). Despite this, there are no recorded human fatalities from an Inland Taipan bite. The snakes live out in the middle of nowhere, and all recorded bites have been successfully treated with anti-venom. pri.org/stories/2012-09-2…
The Roman physician Pliny the Elder taught that urine was a marvellous remedy for many disorders like running sores, venereal diseases, snake bites and burns. "Bathe the eyes with urine to strengthen them" "If a man makes water upon a dog's urine, he will become disinclined to copulation". mediamatic.net/en/page/23…
The snake’s eyes become a milky blue when it's about to shed (molt) old skin britannica.com/animal/sna…
Snake venom can vary considerably even in the same individual snake over time. They certainly vary by a lot over the species depending upon prey they are eating and geographical location. Even in as little as a 20 minute drive they found considerable differences. sciencedirect.com/science…
The Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world, it's venom can kill a human in as little as 30-45 minutes and one bite delivers enough venom to kill 100 fully grown men ceufast.com/blog/the-30-m…
Today I learned of the Titanoboa,a snake more than 40 feet long and weighing more than a ton. It ate crocodiles smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Opossums can survive up to 80 rattlesnake and coral snake bites. Thanks to them, there is a new and very inexpensive antidote for many different snake venom. In addition, they eat ticks and don't get rabies. acs.org/content/acs/en/pr…
Teddy Roosevelt nearly died on several occasions while exploring the previously uncharted River of Doubt. After surviving a close call with a coral snake and an emergency surgery on his leg, he became delirious with a fever and repeatedly demanded to be left alone to die in the jungle. history.com/news/the-amaz…
The band Rush stopped using guitar amps on stage, instead replacing them with useful appliances like washing machines. During their Snakes And Arrows tour, a roadie in a chicken suit basted rotisserie chickens behind them. youtu.be/QuL_euRslTc?t=60
The Roman punishment for the killing of parents was known as Poena cullei ('penalty of the sack') and it consisted of being sewn up in a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals including a dog, snake, monkey, and a chicken or rooster, and then being thrown into a body of water. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
Squirrels are predators. In addition to small bugs, squirrels have been spotted eating birds, snakes, mice, and shrews. In one instance, a pack of Russian black squirrels killed and ate a stray dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
Otters hunt not only for fish and small animals, but also crocodiles and snakes api.nationalgeographic.co…
A man named Bill Haast, also known as "Snake Man" injected himself with snake venom for several years in an effort to build up immunity. He survived 172 snake bites, donated his blood to snakebite victims, and lived over 100 years billhaast.com/serpentariu…
Screech owls bring Texas blind snakes into their nests so the snakes will eat the parasites that feed on the owlets. audubon.org/news/what-wou…
Adam and Eve weren't alone in Paradise, according to some Jewish lore. With them were Lilith and Samael. Lilith was created alongside Adam (not from him) to be his wife, while Samael was the one who commanded the snake to tempt Eve, and is actually the true father of Cain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Australia has 5 of the 10 most venomous snakes in the world. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Each neuron in your brain has one long cable that snakes away from the main part of the cell. This cable, several times thinner than a human hair, is called an axon, and it is where electrical impulses from the neuron travel away to be received by other neurons. qbi.uq.edu.au/brain/brain…
The Eastern Hognose snake will flatten its head like a cobra, hiss, and pretend to strike if it feels threatened. If that doesn't work, it will flip onto its back, hang its tongue from its mouth, and play dead until the danger passes. abcnews.go.com/amp/US/nor…
The King Cobra's hiss sounds more like an angry, growling dog than a snake. animalplanet.com/tv-shows…
A hawk caused a wildfire in Montana by landing on a powerline with a snake in its talons, which electrocuted both animals and their charred bodies fell into the brush below and started a 40 acre fire. newsweek.com/how-snake-ea…
Today I learned about Penis Snake (Atretochoana), It belongs to a group of limbless, serpentine amphibians that are snake-like in appearance, but have rings like an earthworm. factanimal.com/atretochoa…
All species of snake in the genus Chrysopelea are capable of performing gliding flight, with ranges as great as 100m. The snakes in this genus achieve this by leaping from branches, then sucking in their abdomen and flaring out their ribs, turning their body into a "pseudo concave wing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The American game Chutes and Ladders is based on a British game called Snakes and Ladders, which is based on an ancient Indian game called Moksha Patam, which teaches people about karma(destiny) and kama(desire). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
Today I learned of the Cerrejon Coal mine in Northern Columbia. The coal mine produces over 30 million tons of coal a year, but is also has an odd relationship with paleontologist as it digs holes of over 300ft in depth which has allowed them to discover thousands of fossils and the largest snake on record. youtube.com/watch?v=P9CGo…
Snakes do not "dislocate their jaws" to swallow prey. Instead, they have a specialized skull that can stretch. daily.jstor.org/how-snake…
Today I learned about Oreo a cat from Florida. Oreo saved the life of his human named Jaiden Peterson, who was playing outside with family and noticed a diamondback rattlesnake, a venomous species of snake. The brave cat launched himself at the snake while the family ran inside, got bitten, but survived. holidogtimes.com/this-her…
Today I learned of mussurana snakes, one of the very few types of snake that use both venom and constriction in hunting. Their prey: other venomous snakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
A working title is a temporary name given to a project while it is in development. It's used to disguise the project, an example being "Group Hug" for the Avengers movie. Sam Jackson insisted that "Snakes on a Plane" be used as the actual title for the movie as the real title was too boring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Today I learned of file snakes. While highly effective predators under the water, they're utterly helpless out of it. So much so, that when local hunters catch one they can simply put it on the river bank to pick up when convenient. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acr…
In 1861, Japan had an illustrated history of America which depicted, among other things, John Adams stabbing a giant snake, and George Washington punching a Tiger. kottke.org/19/02/a-japane…
Screech Owls keep blind snakes as pets/housekeepers. The snakes are carried to the owl's nest, and then burrow into it and eat bugs that would otherwise pose a threat to the owl's young. earthtouchnews.com/natura…
The Inland Taipan or "fierce snake" is the most venomous snake in the world. However, because of its shy nature and timid nature there has never been a recorded death caused by its bite. The word "fierce" describes its venom, not its temperament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inl…
Rock paper scissors was invented in China. It was dated by a chinese author to go back to 206-220 CE, and was known as 'shoushiling'. It also had many variants spread across China, such as frog, slug and snake. wrpsa.com/the-official-hi…
Today I learned about Alice Roosevelt the celebrity First Daughter known for antics like smoking on the White House roof, carrying a snake in her purse, and betting at horse races. Her father said β€œI can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” theodorerooseveltcenter.o…
The FDA was originally founded to hunt down ACTUAL snake oil salesmen and traveling con men selling "miracle oil" that they claimed would cure whatever you were sick with fda.gov/consumers/consume…
Snake oil made from Chinese water snakes is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, and may have been effective in treating arthritic pain scientificamerican.com/ar…
The common saying to identify a poisonous snake, β€˜Red touches black, friend of Jack. Res touches yellow will kill a fellow”, is only applicable in North America wildlife-removal.com/snak…
There are no wild snakes in New Zealand. nzpocketguide.com/10-thin…
Snakes can detect earthquakes up to 5 days before one happens. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The protective clear scale over snakes’ eyes are called β€œspectacles”. happyserpent.com/snake-in…
The US' supply of coral snake antivenom "technically expired" in 2008...but the expiration date was extended each year until at least 2017. It would cost $5-10M to develop a new synthetic antivenom, and the extremely low number of cases per year make it a poor investment for drugmakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Horses are injected with snake venom to produce antivenom zmescience.com/other/feat…

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