Why Snakes are Disappearing From Southeast Asia’s Largest Lake.

Why Snakes are Disappearing From Southeast Asia’s Largest Lake.

"Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most biodiverse bodies of water on Earth. Zeb Hogan, a biologist and National Geographic Explorer, is examining how fishing in Tonle Sap is affecting aquatic life. Fish stocks in the lake have dramatically declined over recent decades. Large-scale commercial fishing is regulated by the government, although not effectively. Hundreds of thousands of fishermen operate on the lake. As large, valuable species such as giant catfish disappear from overfishing, fishermen target smaller species. According to a study in 2000, around 7 million water snakes were collected from Tonle Sap each year. The population of water snakes, some of them vulnerable species, has been declining since the 1990s. The non-venomous snakes are used for food, leather, and traditional medicines. Water snakes are important to the life of the lake—they eat fish and frogs and provide food for birds. The effects of the declines of water snakes and other species aren’t yet known."

Why Snakes Are Disappearing From Southeast Asia’s Largest Lake

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most biodiverse bodies of water on Earth. Zeb Hogan, a biologist and National Geographic Explorer, is examining how fishing in Tonle Sap is affecting aquatic life. Fish stocks in the lake have dramatically declined over recent decades. Large-scale commercial fishing is regulated by the government, although not effectively. Hundreds of thousands of fishermen operate on the lake. As large, valuable species such as giant catfish disappear from overfishing, fishermen target smaller species.
Deadly Centipedes Are a Tasty Snack For Pygmy Rattlesnakes
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Deadly Centipedes Are a Tasty Snack For Pygmy Rattlesnakes

"24th July, 2017 - Ever wondered how giant centipedes are eaten even though they’re venomous? According to research, pygmy rattlesnakes have specialised tactics to hunt different prey: with lizards, they lay back, wiggle a lure and wait to strike. An ambush. But, they actively pursue the dangerous giant centipedes. The pygmies strike at the invertebrate with caution. After all, it’s a venomous prey. They flip the prey away from them, maybe out of precaution. However, the snakes don’t show injuries due to centipede bites. And ultimately the reptiles enjoy the last bite, hundred legs and all. "
First Baby Snake From Dinosaur Era Found in Amber

First Baby Snake From Dinosaur Era Found in Amber

The delicate fossil is also the oldest known snake that lived in a forested ecosystem.