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.
post-apocalyptic Google Street View
"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]
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.)
The Queen of Snakes
is a point and click flash game featuring the intricate artwork of JO99 (via JayIsGames) [more inside]
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.
Marika Rökk - Mir ist so langweilig - 1958
- this video has everything, I tell you. Monkeys. Volcanoes. Spaceflight. Sequins.(via World of Wonder)
Animals vis-à-vis windshield wipers: contra-
* and despite
. [more inside]
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.
Scientists have discovered a female boa constrictor reproducing asexually
. [more inside]
Watching Conan the Barbarian with Arnold
- DVD commentary track highlights (SLYT)
- 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
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?
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
was bound to happen.
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
reptileman recommends that you also visit Zach's
, where you can meet Jerky
, and Cola
, all of whom are lizards.
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
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.
The "Snakes on a Plane" Problem.
"The tragedy of the best titled movie in the history of film."
snake on a 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]
Melissa Kaplan's site
is not just
about green iguanas
. Anapsid.org provides information on behavior
, captivity issues
, and more
regarding Cyclura (blue) iguanas
, and even invertebrates
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.
An animated film based on a woodcut by M.C. Escher. Slow to load, beautiful to watch (and listen to).
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
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]
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,"
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.
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.