In her new book, Venomous, molecular biologist Christie Wilcox goes in-depth exploring the culture and history of venom. VICE sat down with her for a chat about her interest in the world's deadliest creatures.
The Piangueras are a remote Colombian community who make a living collecting and selling clams found at the bottom of mangroves in the country's Pacific coast. Their work is dangerous, unregulated, and mostly carried out by kids.
Why is it that there are constant news stories about people who cage or cram hundreds of pets into their homes? Sometimes it's animal cruelty, but it could also be attributed to a specific mental illness.
We talked to the zookeeper in charge of Thelma, the world-famous snake that just had a virgin birth. It may be unsettling to imagine one less barrier in the way of more snakes, but finding new ways of making snakes might just be important.
The highest concentration of one of the most venomous snakes in the world is located about 90 miles off the coast of Santos, Brazil, on a small, craggy chunk of otherwise uninhabitable land. It's known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, or Snake Island.
It's been one month since Andrew Hamblin, a 22-year-old Pentecostal pastor who handles snakes for Jesus, watched his mentor die in his arms. On Friday, I called Andrew to try to understand why young men are risking their lives to pick up snakes in the nam…
Two tragedies were narrowly avoided in Australia over the past couple of weeks, ostensibly through the use of alcohol to treat poisonings, one in a dog, and another in a human. I called poison control to separate fact from fiction.
Our cross-cultural aversion to slithering, bastard snakes isn't just hard-wired into our brains, it could also be the very reason our pre-primate ancestors developed such sophisticated vision. A new study helps confirm what some scientists call the Snake
Justin's mission is to kill Burmese pythons, which can grow as long as 20 feet. He is one of 1,400 people who have signed up to hunt, shoot, and decapitate as many of the snakes as they can in a month as part of Florida's first-ever Python Challenge.
Last week we premiered a documentary about Steve Ludwin, a nutty guy who injects himself with snake venom as a means to becoming immortal. It was a YouTube hit, and received thousands of comments, such as "This guy is pretty cool" and "You look like you
For the past 20 years Steve Ludwin has been sticking deadly snake venom in a syringe and mainlining it. He claims that snake juice is the ultimate pick-me-up, making him stronger, faster, and more resilient. Now, scientific research might be catching up.