Category Archive: History

Join, or Die

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin drew a herp-related political cartoon in an attempt to promote unity among the American colonies? Franklin published his cartoon in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754,… Continue reading

Snakebite Cures (Sort of)

People fear venomous snakes. Well, most of them do. And with pretty good reason—a bite from some species means possible death. Luckily dangerous snake bites happen very infrequently because most snakes are harmless… Continue reading

Smouldering Salamanders

Small, quiet, shy, perhaps even cute, a herpetologist might call them. But some have considered the salamander very dangerous. For example, Pliny says that “the milky mucus flowing from its mouth, whatever part… Continue reading

Moroccan Serpent Charming

In this second post on human-reptile interactions in Morocco, let’s take a look at one of the most charismatic, flamboyant ways that humans and reptiles cross paths: snake charming. Even in parts of… Continue reading