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A Living Sea of Spaghetti

Nat Geo Snake Dens of Manitoba (video 3:43) Every year, thousands of snakes gather at the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada. It's billed as the largest gathering of snakes anywhere in the world. Manitoba’s climate and geology make it the perfect place for red-sided garter snakes to live and mate. It has become a tourist attraction, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
posted by srboisvert on Jul 3, 2014 - 35 comments

I hope there will be no snakes

Urban Jungle: post-apocalyptic Google Street View
posted by brundlefly on Mar 17, 2014 - 26 comments

A quick overview of Saint Patrick and the druids and reptiles of Ireland

It's pretty widely known that there have never been snakes in Ireland, so who did Saint Patrick chase out? The case has been made that the story of Saint Patrick chasing out druids (snake-tattooed pagans) is also a myth (and Patrick wasn't even Irish). But that doesn't mean there are no reptiles in Ireland. The only native land-based reptile is the viviparous lizard, though there are other reptiles that are semi-inhabitants of Ireland. And this brings us to the the amateur survey of Ireland's lizards, newts, frogs and slow worms, one of a number of such surveys hosted by Biology.ie, "Ireland's premier Biodiversity Awareness portal."
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 17, 2014 - 32 comments

Naturalis Historia

"My subject is a barren one – the world of nature, or in other words life; and that subject in its least elevated department, and employing either rustic terms or foreign, nay barbarian words that actually have to be introduced with an apology. Moreover, the path is not a beaten highway of authorship, nor one in which the mind is eager to range: there is not one of us who has made the same venture, nor yet one Roman who has tackled single-handed all departments of the subject."
Naturalis Historia was written by Pliny the Elder between 77 and 79 CE and was meant to serve as a kind of proto-encyclopedia discussing all of the ancient knowledge available to him, covered in enough depth and breadth to make it by a reasonable margin the largest work to survive to the modern day from the Roman era. The work includes discussions on astronomy, meteorology, geography, mineralogy, zoology and botany organized along Aristotelian divisions of nature but also includes essays on human inventions and institutions. It is dedicated to the Emperor Titus in its epistle to the Emperor Vespasian, a close friend of Pliny who relied on his extensive knowledge, and its unusually careful citations of sources as well as its index makes it a precursor to modern scholarly works. It was Pliny's last work, as well as sadly his sole surviving one, and was published not long before his death attempting to save a friend from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, famously recounted by Pliny's eponymous nephew Pliny the Younger.
Here is a reasonable translation that is freely available to download from archive.org for your edification.
[more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Dec 16, 2013 - 24 comments

Snakes Wearing Hats

Snakes wearing hats. That is all.
posted by COD on Nov 21, 2013 - 31 comments

Why did it have to be snakes?

They told you not to enter.
You, an explorer didn't listen
"I will find out the mystery of snakes."

ROOM OF 1000 SNAKES
(A game, uses FPS controls, make sure to have sound on, requires Unity, probably a decent graphics card, and some appreciation for silliness.)
posted by JHarris on Jun 8, 2013 - 22 comments

The Queen of Snakes

The Queen of Snakes is a point and click flash game featuring the intricate artwork of JO99 (via JayIsGames) [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on May 14, 2013 - 15 comments

The Wheels On The Page Go Round And Round

Cat responds to rotational optical illusion. The illusion in question. But why does it work? Link to the actual paper.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 6, 2013 - 21 comments

"I am not Steve Irwin, I am not Bear Gryllis, I am not Michael Jackson"

Catching wild rabbits using snakes. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 5, 2013 - 29 comments

New frontiers in invasive species containment

Scientists to drop dead mice laced with Tylenol on Guam from helicopters
posted by silby on Feb 23, 2013 - 51 comments

Nothing happens if you respect the snake

A ten-day trip to the Mato Grosso do Sul to take pictures of anacondas worked out quite well for nature photographer Franco Banfi. (Videos from a similar expedition in 2010.)
posted by rewil on Jan 31, 2013 - 8 comments

you had me at the mini volcanoes

Marika Rökk - Mir ist so langweilig - 1958 - this video has everything, I tell you. Monkeys. Volcanoes. Spaceflight. Sequins.(via World of Wonder)
posted by madamjujujive on Feb 14, 2012 - 30 comments

A selective sweep.

Animals vis-à-vis windshield wipers: contra-, supra-* and despite. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Aug 2, 2011 - 34 comments

Unicorns and Pegusus and Sharks and Snakes oh my.

Claymation of the Roesch - Willi Schlage (Hamburg, 1910) chess game featuring fight scenes between the pieces. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 comments

The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

"This is the Honey Badger. Watch it run in slow motion. It's pretty badass--look! It runs all over the place. 'Whoa, watch out,' says that bird. Eeew, it's got a snake?! ... Oh, the Honey Badgers are just crayzee." (SLYT - 3:21 - via jessamyn)
posted by not_on_display on Feb 15, 2011 - 100 comments

I assure you, the snakes are very real.

Most graduate students are surely aware of the many rigors and regulation of thesis preparation. For example, here is a FAQ on preparing for the "snake fight" portion of your thesis defense.
posted by jjray on Nov 24, 2010 - 28 comments

Virgin birth? Snakes? This could get biblical.

Scientists have discovered a female boa constrictor reproducing asexually. [more inside]
posted by quin on Nov 5, 2010 - 38 comments

USDA glues acetaminophen-laced frozen mice to cardboard, bombs Guam treetops to kill snakes

USDA glues acetaminophen-laced frozen mice to cardboard, bombs Guam treetops to kill snakes
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 30, 2010 - 48 comments

(and presumably he has a locker)

David Jones is living with 40 deadly venomous snakes for 121 days.
posted by shakespeherian on Jul 8, 2010 - 66 comments

alright there's the ghosts ......... see that?

Watching Conan the Barbarian with Arnold - DVD commentary track highlights (SLYT)
posted by sloe on Feb 11, 2009 - 50 comments

whoa, that's a big cobra

The big biggest cobra and Austin Stevens. Snake Bite TV: Austin Stevens getting bitten by cobra.
posted by nickyskye on Jan 16, 2009 - 31 comments

Snakes, in my heart-blood warm'd, that sting my heart!

SlitherLink - a little spatial-numerical puzzle. Here's a better exposition of the rules from the puzzle's inventors, and another collection of puzzles. Oh, and a little survey of other sneaky, snaky puzzles.
posted by Wolfdog on May 31, 2007 - 18 comments

intoxication

Unusual ways of getting high: deliberately being bitten on the tongue by a cobra; injecting spider venom.
posted by nickyskye on May 11, 2007 - 36 comments

Now we know why it had to be snakes...

Snakes off a pharaoh - possible earliest semitic text seems to involve getting those mummy-loving snakes out of King Unas' mummy-loving tomb.
posted by Flitcraft on Jan 23, 2007 - 4 comments

Do animals know more than we think?

A recent article recently came out in the Wall Street Journal, which cited new study from Stanford about animal consciousness. Elephants grieve, bees create mental maps, dolphins recognize themselves in mirrors. Snakes have more brain cells than humans, and chickens worry about the future. What are your thoughts? Does this change the way we treat animals?
posted by PetBoogaloo on Nov 3, 2006 - 86 comments

Delicious Pregnant Crickets!

The whiskey containing the scorpion is left for several months, which then imparts a unique flavour into the whiskey; it is quite an acquired taste. Tasty pregnant small crickets in salt water brine. Real Cobra Snake whiskey is infused with a real farm raised Cobra snake, ginseng roots and seed pods. All these and more, sold here.
posted by jonson on Oct 10, 2006 - 52 comments

Get these mother f&$*in snakes off my movie theater!

This was bound to happen.
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 22, 2006 - 38 comments

serpens sit

Scott Petersen, aka "reptileman", opens his Serpentarium to visitors 365 days a year. Have a look at some of his snakes, lizards, invertebrates, crocodilians, and turtles, and kids blythely handling them. reptileman recommends that you also visit Zach's Lizard Land, where you can meet Jerky, Buddy, and Cola, all of whom are lizards.
posted by owhydididoit on Aug 20, 2006 - 8 comments

The SoaP drops

New Line drops the SOAP today. After months of gags, comments, and speculation, the most-talked-about movie of the year, and one of the largest epidemics of viral marketing in film history, opens in theatres. So is the movie actually good? AICN says so. Rotten Tomatoes says so. And Samuel L. Jackson... let's let him speak for himself. And if you don't like it, go make your own.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Aug 18, 2006 - 98 comments

Snakes on a Base

Snakes on a Base! In the wake of today's announcement that Raul Castro will be 'temporarily' taking power in Cuba while Big Brother (did I say that?) has an operation for some GI bleeding, The Smoking Gun has published some declassified Spec Ops planning cover sheets from the 60s and 70, listing plans to destabilize Cuba. Operation Bingo, on page 3, is especially amusing.
posted by baylink on Aug 1, 2006 - 15 comments

"Let us assume you're in the target audience for 'Snakes on a Plane.'"

The "Snakes on a Plane" Problem. "The tragedy of the best titled movie in the history of film."
posted by kirkaracha on Jul 28, 2006 - 126 comments

snake on a plane?

snake on a plane? (newsfilter-ish)
posted by analogue on Jun 2, 2006 - 25 comments

I want these motherfucking snakes off the motherfucking plane!

Samuel L. Jackson and other Snakes on a Plane cast called in for reshoots. And yes, it has been confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson will say (shout it with me)... [more inside]
posted by UKnowForKids on Mar 23, 2006 - 144 comments

Snake! Oh, It's a Snake!

Robotic Sea Serpent.
posted by fandango_matt on Mar 15, 2006 - 18 comments

Visitors from the Carboniferous

Melissa Kaplan's site is not just about green iguanas. Anapsid.org provides information on behavior, health, prey and feeding, captivity issues, and more regarding Cyclura (blue) iguanas, chelonians, amphibians, crocodilians, lizards, snakes, and even invertebrates and arachnids.
posted by breezeway on Apr 21, 2005 - 5 comments

"Hey, don't they know they can drive up?"

The Formosan Fat Tire Association allows us to see a side of Taiwan that often can't be seen from the roads.
posted by breezeway on Apr 1, 2005 - 10 comments

Red Snake eats Blue Snake.

Dog Eat Dog World Snake Eat Snake. Snake Regurgitate Snake. Snake Capture and Constrict Snake. Not enough for you? Less exciting but certainly interesting: Turtle Locomotor Bout (and Breathing) But that is just surface, what about beneath the surface? all quicktime and (via)
posted by limitedpie on Nov 12, 2004 - 6 comments

Discussion 33250

Box of Snakes 'Linked to Death' Little Rock, Ark. Police are investigating a link between a mysterious box of venomous snakes and the death of a business traveler whose body was found in a rental car last week.
posted by mcgraw on May 22, 2004 - 10 comments

Jaguar Python

Piebald Ball Pythons, from Jaguar Python.
posted by hama7 on Apr 7, 2004 - 7 comments

Snakes

Snakes. An animated film based on a woodcut by M.C. Escher. Slow to load, beautiful to watch (and listen to).
posted by jonah on Jan 28, 2004 - 16 comments

Radio-controlled robot snakes

Radio-controlled robot snakes Made by Adobe engineer Gavin Miller. Pages haven't been updated in a while, but movies are way cool. Robo-snake as ringbearer. Once I get my hands on enough of these, none shall escape my wrath. None! via Geisha Asobi Blog
posted by planetkyoto on Feb 16, 2003 - 10 comments

Flying Snake Movies

Flying Snake movies [quicktime] Love the top view of a flying snake making a dramatic mid-air turn. Or two. Here's a CNN story about the guy who filmed them. [via New World Disorder]
posted by mediareport on Jan 10, 2003 - 7 comments

Two-headed turtle found in Florida

Two-headed turtle found in Florida
Probably not all that interesting as a single link, but it turns out there are many animals out there with 2 heads. There's a Two-headed moose fetus, The Full Range of animals with 2 heads, Two Headed Snakes, and here's A Nice Bibliography on the double head topic.
As for the turtle, they let it go, "We didn't want it to become a freak in a freak show," they said.
posted by Blake on Sep 12, 2002 - 17 comments

I think this guy displayed a much healthier reaction than suing Doritos, don't you?

I think this guy displayed a much healthier reaction than suing Doritos, don't you? Instead, he "storms" back into the store and demands another packet. I'm in love.
posted by jfwlucy on Jan 11, 2001 - 15 comments

Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle:

Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle: British scientists have found a wilderness in the Cardamom region of Cambodia where exotic species, some though to be extinct, have been found. These include the Siamese crocodile, the wolf snake (a new species so named because of its dog-like fangs), large populations of tigers and Asian elephants, and the gower, a forest cow. Ironically, the habitat was protected from significant human intrusion because it was a longtime Khmer Rouge stronghold and also because routes lead to and from it are landmined.
posted by jhiggy on Oct 5, 2000 - 6 comments

Snake Handling IS dangerous..

Snake Handling IS dangerous.. One might consider this a near piece of selfpromotion but since I really don't provide any content to this site and just coded and designed it it's not. =) I just think its a funny and interesting article about the wonders of Snake Handling.
posted by sikk on Apr 18, 2000 - 0 comments

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