5-foot rattlesnake caught ‘dancing’ atop tree in New Mexico

There was an added complication to keen hunter Frank Gonzales’s scouting trip in Nutt, New Mexico, on August 19.Gonzales spotted a five-foot-long rattlesnake that appeared to be dancing in the high branches of a tree while he was scouting suitable ground for the upcoming hunting season.Uploading the unnerving sight to Facebook, Gonzales wrote: “Not only did we have to watch for rattlesnakes on the ground but the dang trees too.” Credit: Frank Gonzales via Storyful

Watch the video here.

Arkansas snake flying home after hitching a 2,000-km ride to Canada in truck tires

a close up of a snake: This snake made a long journey from the U.S. to Canada, and now it's heading home, the Toronto Wildlife Centre says.
© Toronto Wildlife Centre This snake made a long journey from the U.S. to Canada, and now it’s heading home, the Toronto Wildlife Centre says.

“A young western rat snake that snuck into a shipment of transport truck tires for a long ride to Canada is being flown back home.”

Read all about this snake’s wild ride here.

Why Do Some Lizards Have Green Blood?

Scientists are trying to figure out how green-blooded lizards might benefit from the unusual pigment. The answer could provide new insights into human illnesses like jaundice and malaria.(Image credit: Courtesy of Christopher C. Austin/LSU)

via Why Do Some Lizards Have Green Blood? — News : NPR

Full article here.

Pool party for one…gator

An 11-foot-long alligator went for a night-time swim in a family’s pool in Sarasota County, Fla. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s office responded to a late night call Friday from a family in Nokomis, Fla. who needed help getting the animal safely out of their pool. “The 11-foot intruder didn’t gracefully make his way through an…

via An Alligator Went for a Swim in a Florida Family’s Pool — TIME