Biting Off More Than They Can Chew: How Snakes Swallow Large Prey

If there is one aspect of snake anatomy and physiology that everybody is familiar with, it is probably their ability to consume prey many times larger than their own skull. One of the most bizarre feats one can witness in nature, is an egg-eating snake ingesting a massive egg. Even more amazing, and perhaps a … More Biting Off More Than They Can Chew: How Snakes Swallow Large Prey

Species Profile: The Rinkhals

Name: The Rinkhals (Hemachatus hemachatus) Range: Eastern regions of South Africa. Typically found in grassland. Diet: Small amphibians, but will sometimes take small mammals and reptiles. Conservation Status: IUCN – Least Concern While closely related to the true cobras, genus Naja, the Rinkhals is actually a monotypic species in the genus Hemachatus. While this species is capable of … More Species Profile: The Rinkhals

Species Profile: Emerald Tree Boa

Name: Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) Range: Northern rainforests of South America. Diet: Primarily mammals, but also birds. Juveniles are known to feed on small herpetiles. Conservation Status: Not Evaluated This arboreal beauty received is perhaps one of the most iconic of all snakes and the image of its emerald-green coils draped across a branch … More Species Profile: Emerald Tree Boa

Snakebite Fundraising

H.S.I Science Officer JP Dunbar underwent the gruelling ‘Hell and Back Titan’ course at Killrudery, Co. Wicklow on 13th September. His efforts were be in aid of supporting a new ‘Venomous Snake Bite Survey initiative in Bali being undertaken by Ron Lilley. For more information about the survey and if you would like to sponsor the Snakebite Survey … More Snakebite Fundraising

How Tabloids Hurt Wildlife…And You.

“If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.” Thomas Sowell. The Oxford English Dictionary defines journalism as: “The activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television”. Unfortunately, the realities of contemporary journalism are … More How Tabloids Hurt Wildlife…And You.

Burmese Python Care

Scientific Name: Python Molorus Bivattatus Sexing and Characteristics: There are several ways of sexing a snake but the main ones are popping & probing, both of these ways are reliable with probing being the most accurate. Please note that popping is only suitable for young animals. If you need your snake sexed, make sure this … More Burmese Python Care

Reticulated Python Care

Scientific Name: Python Reticulatus Sexing and Characteristics: The wild type mainland reticulated python will always have a variable appearance, but in general they are long and proportionally slender snakes. They are generally of a yellow/silver/gold based colouration, with a regular diamond-like pattern of saddles running dorsally down the length of the snake. Eyes are generally … More Reticulated Python Care

Boa Constrictor Care

Scientific Name: Boa constrictor imperator (BCI) Sexing and Characteristics: There are several ways of sexing a snake but the main ones are popping & probing, both of these ways are reliable with probing being the most accurate. Please note that popping should only be done on young animals. If you need your snake sexed, make sure … More Boa Constrictor Care