Category Archive: Snakes

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

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

Rattlesnake Roundups

With March here, rural communities in parts of the southern United States are preparing for their rattlesnake roundups. The roundups are annual events that started to “control” rattlesnake populations, provide fundraising opportunities, create… Continue reading

Snakes in Madagascar’s Folklore

During the fall of 2010 I spent four months in Madagascar on a study abroad program. My primary interest has always been herpetology, but since I am also curious about folklore I talked… Continue reading