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Wildlife Slaughter Persists at Rattlesnake Roundups Despite Conservation Efforts

Each year, tens of thousands of rattlesnakes are taken from the wild to be displayed and slaughtered for entertainment and profit at rattlesnake roundups. Promoted as folksy, family-friendly fun, these events foster disrespect for native wildlife and the natural world, and the result is an unsustainable and dangerous predicament for iconic and uniquely American species.

You Can Help End the Illegal Pet Trade

March 3 is World Wildlife Day and the theme this year is: “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” One often-overlooked aspect of this is the current crisis of the global illegal trade in wildlife for use as pets. From Peruvian titi monkeys to Central Africa’s African grey parrots to Madagascar’s plowshare tortoises, the illegal global pet trade threatens countless species, sending many hurtling toward extinction.

A Sky-Island Forest Vanishes on Mt. Namuli

The sky-island expedition in eastern Africa arrives at fabled Mount Namuli, after many obstacles, only to discover a sad new truth.

Snake Robots Crack Mystery of How Reptiles Climb Dunes

High-speed video and customized “snakebots” have revealed that a desert snake uses a highly unique slither to climb sandy hills, a new study says.

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: What Happens If You Swallow a Spider?

What would happen if you swallowed a poisonous spider? How many birds do you need for a flock? Read this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.

Mystery Solved: How Snakes Climb Trees

Researchers discover that for snakes climbing trees, it’s all about safety first.

July 27, 2014 Radio Show: Curing Cancer, Spending Summer Nights With Fireflies and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they invent a cheap cancer detection system, scour the earth’s poles for adventure, ingratiate themselves with a cheetah family, give the facts on fireflies, conjure life from the fangs of a viper, feed Africa from Africa, roadtrip across the United States in comfort, and photograph National Geographic’s past.

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Reptiles

Reptiles may not be as cuddly as cats or as dutiful as dogs, but reptile people love their lizards, snakes, and turtles. This week Ask Your Weird Animal Questions slithers into the world of reptiles, starting with one reader who shelled out some great questions about turtles. Water turtles/terrapins: When they sleep at night, how…

Albino Kingsnake and 6 Other Invaders Wreaking Havoc

The albino kingsnake invading the Canary Islands is among many foreign species that have wreaked havoc on their new environments.

Invasive Pythons Can Find Home 20 Miles Away, Study Says

For Burmese pythons, there’s no place like home—abd the snakes can navigate from over 20 miles away to get there, a new study says.

18-Foot-Long Monster Python Caught in Florida

The state’s second-largest Burmese python was caught in the Everglades.

How Snakes Fly UFO-Style

Scientists have discovered how reptiles can fly: They twist their bodies into an S shape that resembles an alien’s flying saucer from the side.

Flesh-Eaters: 5 Cannibalistic Animals

From sharks to prairie dogs to spiders: Here are a few creatures for whom “I’d like to have you over for dinner” is a terrifying invite.

5 Trickster Animals That Play Dead

Sharks, snakes, and fish are among several animal tricksters known to feign death to stay alive.

Geography in the News: Cobras

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM MISSING COBRA! EEEEK! The escape of a highly venomous Egyptian cobra in March 2011 forced part of the Bronx Zoo’s reptile unit to close for more than a week. The 20-inch-long (52 cm) snake was found within the zoo’s Reptile House less than 100 feet…