Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:57 pm


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Mother Jones likes to say it does smart, fearless journalism. Here, it talks about how climate change can cause kidney stones (and other health ailments). Which is fine. But do these smart, fearless journalists think to mention the SNAKES? Why, NO! No, they do NOT! Is it because they’re stupid or because they’re afraid?

Smart, fearless journalism? I think not.


Monday, April 19, 2010 9:05 pm

Almost, Mom, but not quite

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My mother sent me this news link, saying, “Just in case you think Southerners have convinced Northerners that we really are cultured, sophisticated, and all that in the South, and that we really aren’t rednecks as we’re portrayed on TV:”

The headline read:

Rock Hill snake owner: Python wouldn’t attack

Now, see, I thought that that meant the snake owner was mad because the python wouldn’t attack and he, like, wanted a refund.

Now that would be redneck.

How large snakes manage without toothpicks

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:36 am

Does it bother you that it doesn’t bother the snake that that fence is electrified? Because it bothers the bejeebers out of me.

(More pictures of rather large snakes here.)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:53 pm

Snake and dinosaur, interrupted

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Because we here at Blog on the Run are nothing if not All About the Reptiles, here’s a story from NPR about an 11-foot, 67-million-year-old snake and a newly hatched dinosaur, both fossilized just as the former was about to eat the latter:

“The sauropods, these big dinosaurs, would come in, they would use their hind limb and probably kick out a small depression,” [University of Michigan professor Jeffrey] Wilson says. “They would squat down they would lay a clutch of six to twelve eggs, they would cover it up with a little layer of sediment and maybe some vegetation and then they would leave it.”

And the snakes knew that.

How’s that for an ominous 5-word paragraph? Well done, Christopher Joyce!

“It’s ‘Anaconda meets Jurassic Park,’ ” says Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Toronto who worked with Wilson’s team. “These sauropods would lay these huge fields of eggs that we find in India, just kind of kilometers of dinosaur eggshell, and so with these hatchling dinosaurs it must have just been a smorgasbord where a whole ecosystem of predators could basically come in and feed on them.”

In this case, a sudden avalanche of sand or mud must have intervened and buried both prey and predator like the human life scenes entombed by the eruption of Pompeii.

(h/t: Vanessa on Facebook)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:31 pm

Biggest dead snake ever found

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More than 50 feet long …

(h/t: Davis)

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