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  • MUST SEE: Large python that has been eating Port St. Lucie neighborhood's cats captured by cops

    08/09/2014 4:02:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Channel 12 News ^ | 8-9-14 | Victoria Price
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Cats have been disappearing in one Port St. Lucie neighborhood so when Sergeant John Holman was called to the 600 block of SE Faith Terrace Friday morning for a report of another deceased cat, he made a startling discovery. Hiding in some brush, Sgt. Holman spotted a 12-foot long 120-pound Burmese Python. Neighbors believe the large snake has been feasting on their felines. The Sergeant called for backup to help get the large predator from the brush. Cops say the snake belongs to a person who lives near by. No charges have been filed as...
  • Monty Python reunite for first concert in nearly 35 years

    06/03/2014 10:07:58 AM PDT · by MarkL · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/2/2014 | Fox News
    Everybody expects the Spanish Inquisition. And as with all things Monty Python, fans need to expect the unexpected, too. Next month the surviving Monty Python members reunite onstage for the first time in almost 35 years — and, they say, the last time ever. Fans understandably want to see the anarchic comedy troupe's classic skits. They're hoping for Spam, lumberjacks, dead parrots and of course the red-robed cardinals who burst in to proclaim: "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
  • Texas woman finds 12ft African python slithering around her bathroom

    05/16/2014 1:43:53 PM PDT · by Altariel · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 14, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Texas homeowner got a shock when she walked into the bathroom of her College Station home to find a 12ft python wrapped around her toilet bowl. Veronica Rodriguez, 50, discovered the huge African python slithering across the bathroom floor earlier this month. It is believed that the python got in through the back door to Ms Rodriguez's home, which she shares her teenage daughter Kelsie.
  • [Tech] Character-based web browsers

    04/05/2014 1:36:00 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 37 replies
    +1396728992 UTC | class C { public: C() {} }
    With the news about the Mozilla Foundation and the desire of many FReepers to drop the Firefox browser, there are some viable (IMHO) alternatives, both of which are character-based:Links is text WWW browser with tables and frames. It runs on Linux, Unix, OS/2 and Windows. Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web. Lynx 2.8.7 runs on Un*x, MacOS, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ (but not 3.1, 3.11), as well as OS/2 EMX.
  • Dog eaten in its kennel by a python: Owner finds snake with leash still dangling from its mouth

    03/17/2014 9:14:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 135 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 14 March 2014
    An Australian woman discovered her pet dog had been eaten by a snake in the most gruesome possible way after finding a bloated python lying curled in its kennel with the end of the dog's chain still dangling from its mouth. Amazingly, the wildlife-lover had only chained her Chihuahua-Maltese cross overnight to stop it disturbing native animals near her Caniaba home in northern NSW, but it meant there was no escaping the 2.5-metre python that slithered into the kennel. When the woman went outside to let the dog off its chain the following morning, she discovered the bloated snake curled...
  • About 350 Snakes Found in Santa Ana (CA) Home

    01/29/2014 10:25:10 AM PST · by chrisinoc · 30 replies
    OC Register ^ | January 29, 2014 | Claudia Koerner and Alyssa Duranty
    SANTA ANA – Police found about 350 pythons – many of them dead – at a home Tuesday morning. Officers served a search warrant at the house on the 2900 block of North Fernwood Drive around 7 a.m., said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. Police and animal control officers had been investigating the home since receiving complaints from neighbors about a smell, he added. Bill Buchman, a 52-year-old elementary school teacher, was taken into custody on suspicion of felony cruelty to animals, said Sondra Berg of the Santa Ana Police Department. Police said they believe Buchman...
  • Python strangles security guard

    12/27/2013 7:25:37 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 27 December 2013
    A security guard has been killed by a python near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. Agung Bawa, assistant security manager at the Bali Hyatt hotel in Bali's Sanur area, says the incident happened at about 3am today as the 15ft python was crossing a road near the hotel, which is closed for renovations until 2015. People watching were unable to help and called the police, who came but failed to save the man. The python escaped into nearby bushes. Bawa says the victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, a 59-year-old security guard at a nearby restaurant, had managed...
  • Rock python kills family's Husky[Florida]

    09/19/2013 8:12:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 48 replies
    WSVN ^ | 13 Sept 2013 | WSVN
    A dog owner is sharing his heartbreaking story after a python came out of nowhere and killed his dog in the backyard. ***WARNING*** The images for this story may be disturbing to some viewers ***WARNING*** Angel Bichara's son is still too traumatized to speak on camera about how he tried but failed to save the family dog, Duke, from the grip of a rock python in the backyard of their West Miami-Dade home. "He heard the dog barking and then he heard the dog crying, so when he walked outside, he saw the snake had grabbed on to the dog's...
  • Boys in snake attack asphyxiated, RCMP say (Preliminary autopsy results)

    08/07/2013 4:22:07 PM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    CBC News ^ | 7 Aug 13 | CBC News
    Preliminary autopsy results on two New Brunswick boys who were killed after an African rock python escaped its enclosure in Campbellton, N.B., show they died from asphyxiation, RCMP say. The pathologist completed the autopsies on Noah and Connor Barthe on Tuesday. "At least right now we have a cause of death. Even though we still need some reports from the pathologist to be forwarded, that's going to help the investigation to move forward," RCMP Sgt. Alain Tremblay told CBC News. Tremblay said in a statement that police are aware the case has "touched the hearts of people across the world"...
  • Python suspected in boys' deaths in Canada

    08/06/2013 6:39:02 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | August 5, 2013 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) -- Police in Canada are looking into the deaths of two young boys who appear to have been strangled by a python. The boys, ages 5 and 7, were found dead Monday morning at an apartment in Campbellton, New Brunswick. They had been sleeping over at a friend's apartment above a reptile store, according to a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Early indications suggest that a snake from the store escaped its enclosure, got into the ventilation system, then the apartment, and strangled the two boys, the statement said.
  • 2 boys killed after python escapes store in Canada

    08/06/2013 7:09:05 AM PDT · by arthurus · 72 replies
    AP via Drudge ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | Rob Gillies
    Autopsies will be performed Tuesday on two young boys who were strangled in their sleep by a python that escaped from a pet store in Canada and slithered through a ventilation system into an upstairs apartment.
  • 2 children dead after python escapes N.B. pet store

    08/05/2013 2:12:20 PM PDT · by xzins · 140 replies
    CBC News ^ | 5 Aug 13
    Two children died after a python got into an apartment in Campbellton, N.B., RCMP say. "Police are investigating two sudden deaths of two young boys," Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh said Monday. It's believed the snake escaped from a pet store called Reptile Ocean. The victims were boys aged five and seven. They were visiting a friend in the apartment above the store, police said in a statement released Monday. Initial information indicates the snake got into the ventilation system and then into the apartment upstairs. "It's believed the two boys were strangled by the snake," she said, noting that autopsies are...
  • Huge python breaks into Qld charity store [Queensland, Australia]

    07/10/2013 12:53:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 10, 2013 5:14PM | Cleo Fraser
    POLICE Sergeant Don Auld thought a thief had fallen through the ceiling and vomited on the floor when called to a Queensland charity store break-in. ... The snake had pooed in the St Vincent de Paul store in Ingham and left crockery, clothes and other goods smashed and scattered all over the floor. The following day, on Tuesday, police were called back to the store after a large crowd formed outside. ... Police didn't have the skills to bag the burglar, and called in a snake handler to take the 17kg python away.
  • Man found dead in house full of snakes

    05/29/2013 7:23:58 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 82 replies
    The Sun ^ | 29th May 2013 | staff reporter
    COPS looking for a missing man were shocked to find him dead in his home — surrounded by over FORTY giant snakes. Many of the reptiles, including a 30ft anaconda and four 35ft pythons, were slithering free around the decomposing body when police entered snake fan Heiko Rieder's apartment in Straubing, Germany. A fire service spokesman said: "At least one was as thick as a human thigh."
  • Enormous python killed in Florida is a state record

    05/20/2013 6:59:40 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 54 replies
    Grind TV ^ | May 20, 2013 | Pete Thomas
    A Miami man briefly wrestled with and ultimately used a knife to kill a Burmese python measuring 18 feet, 8 inches. That sets a state record for pythons captured or killed in the wild. The previous record measured 17 feet, 7 inches. Jason Leon was not hunting pythons but, while driving late at night recently in southeast Miami-Dade County, he and a friend spotted about 3 feet of snake protruding from the brush. Leon applied the brakes, climbed out of the car, grabbed the visible portion of the snake, and began hauling it onto the road.
  • Meanwhile at the Little Commie Shop (or Dead Hugo) - Vanity

    03/05/2013 7:28:49 PM PST · by mnehring · 9 replies
    Vanity
    Mr. Castro: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint. (The owner does not respond.)Mr. Castro: 'Ello, Miss?Owner: What do you mean "miss"?Mr. Castro: (pause)I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!Owner: We're closin' for lunch.Mr. Castro: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this Hugo what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Venezulian Red...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?Mr. Castro: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!Owner: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.Mr. Castro: Look, matey, I...
  • Florida's 'Python Challenge' draws adrenaline junkies, eco-warriors

    01/12/2013 4:07:33 PM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The chance to traipse through Florida's Everglades in search of wild pythons up to 15 feet long has attracted nearly 700 thrill-seekers from throughout the county. The Sunshine State is offering cash prizes in the month-long “Python Challenge,” which begins tomorrow and is aimed at helping to control the exploding population of the non-native Burmese pythons, which have devastated Florida's eco-system. Anyone is eligible for the hunt ... cash prizes of up to $1,500 will be given to hunters who catch the largest and most pythons. The pythons that have nearly eradicated entire native species such as deer, bobcats and...
  • Mum finds her baby in grip of a python

    01/07/2013 12:53:54 PM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (AU) ^ | Jan 7, 2013 | MELISSA MATHESON
    A MOTHER woke to find a 1.85m-long python wrapped around her two-year-old daughter yesterday morning. Tess Guthrie, 22, from Lismore on the far north coast, was woken by her cat hissing at 3.30am and discovered the python wrapped three times around her daughter Zara's arm, who was sleeping in the bed with her. At first she thought it was a dream but soon realised the horror and grabbed the snake by the head to pry it off her child, which caused the reptile to bite Zara three times on her left hand.
  • Florida offers prizes for python hunters

    12/07/2012 10:33:08 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 32 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 6, 2012
    DAVIE, Fla.,- Florida wildlife officials are fighting Burmese pythons with a contest offering $1,000 and $1,500 prizes for catching the snakes. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said the 2013 Python Challenge, which begins Jan. 12, will offer $1,000 to the winner who catches the longest Burmese python on public hunting lands and $1,500 for the participant who catches the largest amount of the snakes, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday. Officials said Jan. 12 will feature a daylong open house on the pythons and other invasive species at the University of Florida's Davie campus. "The (Florida Fish and...
  • It's a Fake Snake Cake!

    08/17/2012 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Buckeye Battle Cry · 31 replies
    Grind TV ^ | 8/15/2012 | David Strege
    The photo of this Albino Burmese Python looks so real, Francesca Pitcher of North Star Cakes in Kent, U.K., was prompted to add this tagline: "****I DO NOT SELL SNAKES****. This photo is of a snake CAKE made to look like an Amelanistic Burmese Python for a birthday party." Yes, the snake is a fake. It's a fake snake cake.
  • FL man jailed for killing pythons, while park service can't kill them fast enough

    05/31/2012 8:17:22 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 33 replies
    Fargo Forum & USA Today ^ | May 2012 | Various
    Fargo Forum: A man who moved from Florida to Dilworth last summer admitted today that he allowed his 32 ball python snakes to freeze to death in an unheated storage unit in Glyndon last winter. “I just couldn’t find any place to put them,” 50-year-old Henry Ward Atherton Jr. said in Clay County District Court. Atherton pleaded guilty to all three charges against him: one felony and two misdemeanors counts of mistreatment of animals. USA Today: Sightings of raccoons are down 99.3%, opossums 98.9% and white-tailed deer 94.1%. According to Linda Friar with Everglades. National Park, park personnel have captured...
  • Python likely wiping out Glades mammals, new study finds

    01/30/2012 2:12:24 PM PST · by fso301 · 61 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan 30, 2012 | Curtis Morgan
    For the first time, scientists have put numbers to the toll Burmese pythons have had on native wildlife in the Everglades. But one word can sum it up: carnage. In the decade since the giant constrictors started showing up in significant numbers, mammals once among the most common in Everglades National Park have declined dramatically, according to a study published online Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.The study, based on night field surveys conducted over 10 years, found three animals had all but disappeared. Opossum sightings fell 98.9 percent. Raccoons — once so abundant park managers warned...
  • PYTHON EATS 76-POUND DEER IN FLORIDA

    11/11/2011 1:09:23 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 137 replies · 1+ views
    CleanTV.com ^ | 11-11-11 | CleanTV.com
    A gigantic python snake in Florida ate a 76-pound adult deer. The 16 foot long Burmese python was one of the largest pythons discovered to date in the sunshine state. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s exotic species coordinator Scott Hardin, if these huge snakes aren’t killed, they could migrate northward. A government sanctioned shotgun blast stopped this snake from its potential journey to Atlanta or the Carolinas. And just how any inches around did the beast’s belly have to measure in order to covert a 76 pound Bambi into breakfast? 44 inches. Oh, and what is the average...
  • Python digesting a deer captured in Everglades

    10/28/2011 2:43:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 28, 2011 | David Fleshler
    A huge Burmese python that had just consumed an adult deer was captured and killed in the Everglades Thursday, as South Florida continues to fight a snake infestation that arrived via the exotic pet industry. Contractors for the South Florida Water Management District found the snake on a tree island in western Miami-Dade County, according to the district. It was killed with a shotgun blast. The snake was 15.6 feet long, making it one of the largest ever found in the wild in South Florida, said Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The...
  • Jury Selection Completed in Python Trial

    07/11/2011 5:49:16 PM PDT · by BerryDingle · 23 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | Monday, July 11, 2011 | Ferdinand Zogbaum
    OXFORD -- Jury selection has been completed in the trial of a family pet python that killed a 2-year-old girl. In 2009, an 8-foot python snake killed Shaianna Hare as she slept in her crib in Sumter County. The girl's mother Jaren Hare and her boyfriend Charles Darnell, 34, are on trial for the child's death. The couple is facing manslaughter and child abuse charges. The trial, which is expected to last about a week, continues Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Documents reveal the couple had not fed the 8-foot-6-inch Burmese python for a month before the accident and that the...
  • Couple whose daughter died in python attack face court in Florida

    07/11/2011 10:36:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    NewsCore ^ | July 12, 2011
    Charles "Jason" Darnell, 33, and Jaren Ashley Hare, 21, face third-degree murder and manslaughter charges stemming from the 2009 death of their daughter...Prosecutors will allege that "Gypsy," a 260 centimeter albino Burmese python, escaped from its glass tank, slithered down the hall and attacked the child in her crib. Darnell told detectives he found the snake in the hallway a day before the attack and had placed it back inside its tank and put a quilt on top of it. He also admitted that the snake had gotten out of the tank - which did not have a lock on...
  • Giant Python Bites Boy At Halloween Party

    11/07/2010 7:43:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    WFTV ^ | November 5, 2010
    10-Year-Old Bit Multiple Times; Shirt Covered In Blood A Halloween party took a horrifying turn in Utah last weekend when a giant python attacked a 10-year-old boy. The 15-foot, 140-pound Burmese python and its handlers were hired for a Halloween celebration last Saturday at Cyprus Credit Union in West Jordan. When Jaren Barker went to hold the snake, it turned on him and bit the boy multiple times. "I didn't it even see it coming," he said. "It just bit me." Jaren's parents said the boy's shirt was covered in blood, sending the other children into a panic of crying...
  • Firefighters rescue 18-foot python [R.I.]

    10/06/2010 6:52:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 6, 2010
    EAST GREENWICH, R.I.- Firefighters in East Greenwich, R.I., organized a horse trailer as a temporary home for an 18-foot Burmese python they carried from a burning building. Acting Fire Chief Peter Henrikson described the python as the largest snake he has ever seen. He said two firefighters were needed to make the rescue, although he kept his distance because he does not like snakes. "It was 18 feet long and, at the center, it was as big as a Frisbee," he told The Providence Journal. Firefighters learned the snake was on the premises when they arrived at Douglas St. Jean's...
  • Nazi foreign minister 'planned to retire to Cornwall', new exhibition claims

    10/03/2010 2:46:05 PM PDT · by Riflema · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/3/2010 | Nick Britten
    Adolf Hitler’s foreign minister had plans to retire to one of the most picturesque locations in England following the planned German invasion, an author has claimedJoachim von Ribbentrop fell in love with Cornwall and was a regular visitor there, particularly to St Ives, where he intended to set up home...
  • (Vanity) GOP establishment confronts Tea Party peasants

    09/19/2010 8:27:49 AM PDT · by ak267 · 5 replies
    ak267 ^ | 09-19-2010 | ak267
    BLOODY PEASANTS!!! HELP, HELP, I'M BEING REPRESSED BY THE SYSTEM!!!
  • Cleveland zoo officials hope owner reclaims Burmese python found Sunday in the Cleveland Metroparks

    08/31/2010 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Right Wing Assault · 9 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | August 31, 2010 | Pat Galbincea
    CLEVELAND, Ohio --- Visitors to Cleveland Metroparks occasionally cross paths with a snake. But not a 9-foot-long, 18-pound Burmese python, which slithered Sunday into the Mill Stream Reservation's Paw Paw Picnic Area in North Royalton. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo officials are hoping the owner will reclaim it. "This snake didn't fall out of the sky," zoo spokeswoman Sue Allen said. "It either escaped from its owner, or was let go. Since it's difficult for us to accommodate exotic species, we're hoping its owners reclaim it." The python was found around 4:30 p.m. by a park visitor, who called for ranger...
  • Bear attack highlights lax Ohio exotic pet laws ( CT and FL...)

    08/31/2010 9:25:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    ap ^ | August 31, 2010 | JULIE CARR SMYTH
    The bear that recently killed a caretaker in a Cleveland suburb was the latest example of animal violence in a state that has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them. The death in Ohio and attacks elsewhere - including the maiming of a Connecticut woman by her friend's pet chimpanzee and a 2-year-old Florida girl squeezed to death by her family's python - highlight that the patchwork of federal, state and local laws on keeping dangerous wild animals at home has holes. After a friend's 200-pound...
  • "He steals from the poor and gives to the rich, stupid b**h" (Monty Python explains the stimulus)

    08/29/2010 5:01:50 PM PDT · by tlb · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Monty Python ^ | March 26, 2009 | LibertyIdeology
    in 1973 Monty Python predicts the US stimulus fiasco. this is the last 2 minutes of the Monty Python skit "Dennis Moore", it's funny and timely. the verbiage could be from today's headlines.
  • Albino python on cocaine confronts police [sounds like something out of a Marvel comic, huh...?]

    08/13/2010 3:20:38 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/12/10 | AFP
    Police raiding a drug den in the Italian capital have been confronted by an aggressive albino python which was used to intimidate addicts. Police had been tipped off that they would find "an animal" during the raid on the apartment in the centre of Rome, and when they opened the door they saw a striped yellow and white snake curled up on a heat mat. The snake, which was three metres long and was kept hungry so that it would be more aggressive, was allowed to roam the apartment to scare addicts into paying for their drugs, police said. Animal...
  • Python found guarding drug stash

    08/11/2010 12:41:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ANSA news ^ | August 12, 2010
    ITALIAN police were stunned to find a hissing python guarding a stash of cocaine as they swooped on a Rome drug den. The 3m reptile had been deliberately starved to make it all the more aggressive...Officers placated the rare albino python by feeding it a whole chicken
  • Dog-eating python strikes again

    06/10/2010 1:34:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 577+ views
    Cairns Post ^ | March 12, 2010 | Daniel Bateman,
    A THREE-METRE python that swallowed a family's pet dog in Cairns has struck again, attempting to devour a chihuahua. But this time, the dog's owner was able to prevent the animal from becoming dinner, dragging it out of the snake's mouth... Australian Venom Zoo operator Stuart Douglas was called to remove the python, keeping it temporarily at his zoo before releasing it into the wild at a secret location... The same snake had stalked and eaten Dot, a nine-month-old Jack Russell terrier, while she was playing in her backyard ... Ms Stewart said she had become so distressed over the...
  • Woman finds python in used car

    04/28/2010 2:02:07 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 1,083+ views
    upi ^ | April 28
    GONZALES, La., - A Louisiana woman discovered a python in her car that dealership employees said belonged to a couple that nearly purchased the vehicle. Marquita Lawrence said she was driving in the Toyota Camry she had recently purchased from Hollingsworth Richards Used Cars in Gonzales when she saw a ball python crawl out from under the passenger seat to investigate her fried chicken, WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, La., reported Wednesday. "I threw it in park and hauled tail and I did not look back. I'm running across the highway screaming, 'There's a snake in my car, there's a snake in...
  • 15-foot python caught at Calif. park

    04/13/2010 5:10:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,170+ views
    upi ^ | April 12, 2010
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 12 (UPI) -- A California animal control officer said she captured the "Monster of Lake Evans," a 15-foot Burmese python apparently abandoned by its owner. Riverside County Animal Control Officer Kristina Hillegart said she responded Friday to a report of a huge snake at Lake Evans in Riverside's Fairmont Park and discovered the 60-pound reptile near the bank of the lake, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Monday. Hillegart, who nicknamed the snake the "Monster of Lake Evans," said the snake did not put up too much resistance and was easily lured into the back of her vehicle. She...
  • Wanted: Homes for 21 big snakes

    03/23/2010 10:59:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies · 1,443+ views
    wxvt ^ | March 23, 2010
    OAKDALE, La. (AP) - A reptile rescue group is looking for permanent homes for 21 big pythons confiscated from a snake farm near Oakdale. Joe Lewis, president of the Louisiana Association of Reptile Keepers, says many are 16 to 19 feet long. He says they seem healthy -
  • Hallandale alligator processor turns pythons into leather products

    03/17/2010 1:30:20 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 564+ views
    miamiherald ^ | 03.17.10 | DAVID FLESHLER
    For some Burmese pythons captured in the Everglades, the end of the line is a building in a warehouse district of Hallandale Beach. All American Gator, which turns alligators into meat, belts, shoes and wallets, is the closest thing South Florida has to a python-processing plant. It was here that Josh Zarmati brought two pythons he caught in the Everglades. Brian Wood, the company's president, was waiting. He has processed three snakes so far and anticipates more from the state-sanctioned python hunt that started last week and runs through April 17 in sections of the Everglades in Broward, Miami-Dade and...
  • Nine Snake Species Proposed as Injurious Wildlife

    03/15/2010 12:46:53 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 581+ views
    ohsonline ^ | Mar 15, 2010
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed last Friday to add nine constrictor snake species, including Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons, boa constrictors, and yellow and green anacondas, to the list of injurious reptiles, which would prohibit the importation of any live animal, gamete, viable egg, or hybrid into the United States except by permit for scientific, medical, educational, or zoological purposes, and also would prohibit their interstate transportation. While FWS will accept comments on the proposal until May 11, it already received 1,528 comments during a 2008 public comment period held after the South Florida Water Management District in 2006...
  • 2.7m sewer snake found in toilet bowl [in Australia]

    03/08/2010 8:44:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 328+ views
    9News ^ | March 9, 2010 | Nick Pearson and Emily O'Keefe
    A Townsville man has had the shock of his life after a 2.7 metre python climbed through the sewerage pipes to emerge through his toilet bowl. Richard Eves found the massive carpet python in his toilet at around 9pm one night after coming up through the pipes. Despite its size, carpet pythons are largely harmless to humans but Mr Eves said it was still a shock to find it. "It is unusual having a python in your toilet bowl — it doesn't happen every day," he said. "I knew it wasn't dangerous but I was absolutely flabbergasted." The wrangler who...
  • The Great Python Hunt

    02/26/2010 12:15:11 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 59 replies · 2,460+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/26/10 | Catharine Skipp
    Thousands of 10-foot pythons roam the Florida Everglades, menacing man and beast alike. Catharine Skipp prepares to join the historic hunting expedition designed to stamp them out. There are giant beasts stalking South Florida. Seriously: Burmese Pythons that can grow as long as a Winnebago and have been known to swallow German shepherds who take a wrong turn. There are an estimated 30,000 of them, slithering through Miami and surrounding counties. The reptiles wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. They can also kill people. Just last year, an 8˝-foot family pet Burmese escaped its cage and strangled a 2-year-old girl...
  • Python 'eats woman's 35kg pet goat'

    02/24/2010 8:36:17 PM PST · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 633+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 25, 2010 | Matt Bachl
    A Queensland woman claims a 5m-long amethyst python has devoured her pet goat. Monica Spah, of Kuranda in the state's northeast, noticed her 35kg goat missing three weeks ago. PHOTOS: Snake 'eats goat'She then came across the snake, which had a giant lump in its back, in her backyard. The snake disappeared after three days into neighbouring rainforest. Nykea Ralston, who works for Kuranda's Uncle Pete's Petting Zoo, told ninemsn Ms Spah went overseas last week and instructed the zoo to take her other five goats. "She was worried the snake would come back and eat them," Ms Ralston said....
  • Cold snap killed many pythons in Everglades

    02/11/2010 7:44:46 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 75 replies · 2,379+ views
    (South Florida) Sun Sentinel ^ | February 11, 2010 | David Fleshler and Lisa J. Huriash
    Vultures circled over Everglades National Park's Anhinga Trail, where thousands of dead non-native fish floated in the marshes. About half the Burmese pythons found in the park in the past few weeks were dead. Dead iguanas have dropped from trees onto patios across South Florida. And in western Miami-Dade County, three African rock pythons — powerful constrictors that can kill people — have turned up dead. Although South Florida's warm, moist climate has nurtured a vast range of non-native plants and animals, a cold snap last month reminded these unwanted guests they're not in Burma or Ecuador anymore. Temperatures that...
  • Obama & Pelosi in "The Dead Health Care Reform Sketch"

    01/21/2010 11:57:03 AM PST · by inkling · 3 replies · 597+ views
    ExurbanLeague.com ^ | Jan. 21, 2010 | Jon
    (OBAMA enters the House of Representatives with a large binder.)OBAMA: Hello, I wish to register a complaint. Hello, sweetie? PELOSI: What do you mean, "sweetie?" OBAMA: I'm sorry, it’s been a rough week. I wish to make a complaint! PELOSI: We're closing for recess. OBAMA: Never mind that, honey. I wish to complain about this health care reform bill that I proposed a year ago. PELOSI: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian-style Nationalized Health Care Reform Bill... What's, uh...What's wrong with it? OBAMA: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, dear. It’s dead, that's what's wrong with it! PELOSI: No,...
  • African rock pythons add to worries about snakes in Everglades

    01/14/2010 7:11:37 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 1,183+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | January 13, 2010 | Andy Reid
    Fears of a new "super snake" emerging in the Everglades grew this week during a hunt to track South Florida's invasive python population. A three-day, state-coordinated hunt that started Tuesday so far netted at least five African rock pythons — including one 14-foot-long female — in a targeted area in Miami-Dade County. Those findings add to concerns that the rock python is a new breeding population in the Everglades ... In addition, state environmental officials worry that the rock python could breed with the Burmese python, which already has an established foothold in the Everglades. That could lead to a...
  • Ben Nelson, toupees, and Python (VIDEO)

    12/20/2009 6:19:56 AM PST · by Publius772000 · 7 replies · 648+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 12/20/09 | Michael Naragon
    In (dis)honor of Ben Nelson’s collapse of integrity, I offer up a video that pokes fun at toupees. As one reader put it, Nelson was destined to cave under pressure because men in toupees can’t be trusted.
  • Obama's Army Protection Racket (Monty Python sketch)

    12/17/2009 7:07:00 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 5 replies · 718+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | ? | Monty Python
    Mr. Obama's attempt to extort a supporting vote out of Ben Nelson by threatening to close Offutt AFB reminded me of a skit from Monty Python. (Most things remind me of Monty Python sketches but that's beside the point.) The "Army Protection Racket" There's a brief sketch before the main sketch which starts at 1:28.
  • Longest snake in captivity-world record set by Fluffy

    10/19/2009 8:50:27 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 6,015+ views
    worldrecordsacademy ^ | October 18, 2009
    Fluffy, a 24-foot python at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is measuring more than 24 feet long and weighed more than 300 pounds-which sets the new world record for the Longest snake in captivity.It was sold to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium by Oklahoma snake breeder and herpetologist Bob Clark. Fluffy, a reticulated python, the Longest snake in captivity, was loaned to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2007, and they paid Clark $35,000 to put the python on permanent display. "It isn’t even my snake anymore, but I’ve still got a relationship with it. I’m still proud,” he said....