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  • Snakes Have Always Been Snakes

    02/10/2015 7:27:57 AM PST · by fishtank · 36 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2-9-2015 | Frank Sherwin
    Snakes Have Always Been Snakes by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * It's an old story. An animal or plant is discovered in sedimentary rocks by paleontologists and it pushes the organism's origin further back by many millions of years—but it's always a plant or animal already known to science. Granted, some of these fossilized creatures are extinct, but that's no indication they evolved. This time snakes are the subject of a recent, unexpected discovery that supposedly pushes their first appearance back an additional 65 million years.1 Evolutionists were shocked at the discovery of four snake fossils, the oldest (Eophis underwoodi) dating...
  • Florida calls on civilian 'patrols' to battle invasive pythons

    02/03/2015 4:02:09 PM PST · by george76 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 3, 2015 | Zachary Fagenson
    Florida wildlife officials, opening a new front in the war on invasive snakes, are recruiting the general public for "python patrols" that teach them how to identify and even capture some of the hissing, snapping reptiles. "We consider (Burmese pythons) established, which means the hope of removing them is pretty slim," said Jenny Novak, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist, during a recent training session with 20 volunteers in south Florida. "We're in management mode now." ... Florida is a hub for the exotic pet trade and a hot bed of invasive species that have snuck into...
  • New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences

    01/21/2015 2:28:11 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 15 replies ^ | 01/21/2015 | NEIL MUNRO
    The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between Mexico and the United States. The border bills also only require for the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border. “It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015],” said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders’ bills. “Where the double-layer fence has been put in, it has worked spectacularly....
  • ‘This is why we check our shoes’: The horrifying pictures of spiders in footwear.....

    12/11/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 78 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | 11 December 2014 | Heather Mcnab for Daily Mail Australia
    FULL TITLE: ‘This is why we check our shoes’: The horrifying pictures of spiders in footwear, children’s trampolines and car seats that are turning U.S. travellers off Australia Emerging from shoes, lying undetected in toilets, waiting patiently in cars and on walls, native wildlife has earned Australia the tag of a country brimming with deadly creatures. In many cases, this reputation is well-earned, with countless cases of bites, stings, and close encounters with the nation's creepiest of crawlies. Images of the poisonous and many-legged creatures have started to pack a frightful punch overseas, with many US citizens expressing their fear...
  • Anaconda man speaks: Why I wanted to be eaten alive

    12/01/2014 10:24:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 1, 2014 | Andrea Morabito
    In his nearly 10 years studying anacondas in the Amazon, researcher and conservationist Paul Rosolie, 27, has faced his share of danger. The giant reptile is known to grow to up to 30 feet in length — and strikes its prey using its teeth and powerful jaws before crushing it with its massive body. Rosolie has been bitten by one of the snakes and seized by one in a chokehold — suffering a broken rib and a nearly popped collarbone before five people were able to pry it off him. But none of that compares to what he endured in...
  • Another Serpent Impersonates NC's Most Enigmatic Venomous Snake, in its Absence

    07/28/2014 11:46:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    A new study by a UNC-Chapel Hill biology professor and a graduate student has raised questions about the nature of evolution and whether North Carolina's rarest venomous snake is now almost gone. The study by David Pfennig, who specializes in evolution, and student Chris Akcali appears in the June edition of the online journal Biology Letters. Among other things, it asserts that the eastern coral snake is now either extinct or "functionally extinct" in the Sandhills region of the state, where many science books have long shown the snake to live. This was the farthest north that heat-loving eastern coral...
  • Real-Life 'Snakes on a Plane' Get Man Denied Entry to Russia

    07/27/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    In an incident recalling the film "Snakes on a Plane," hundreds of reptiles took to the skies after being smuggled onto a passenger flight — only this time the route was not Honolulu-Los Angeles but Düsseldorf-St. Petersburg. The press service for the regional branch of the animal health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor reported Tuesday that it had stopped a passenger, who was attempting to bring 180 exotic reptiles into Russia via St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport. The man, who had flown in from Germany's Düsseldorf, was carrying 180 live snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles in his rucksack and cabin baggage, Interfax reported, citing...
  • Free Wildlife Adventure/Government Conspiracy Thriller (Vanity)

    07/20/2014 7:58:37 PM PDT · by Big_Harry · 18 replies
    July 20, 2014 | Big_Harry
    Hello fellow FReepers! Sometimes we all just need to curl up with a good book, so...In celebration of the publishing of my second novel, "NIGHT WIND", my first novel "COUGAR!" in eBook form, will be free to download at for five days starting on July 21st.COUGAR! by W.W. Brock Enjoy!
  • 18-Month-Old Saudi Baby Catches Snake, Thinking it's a Toy

    07/08/2014 6:41:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    An 18-month-old Saudi boy who was playing in the back garden of his house in the Gulf kingdom went back in carrying a snake which he wanted to show to his mother. The boy looked delighted by what he thought a toy he had found before his mother hit him on the hand, sending the snake crawling away. “The mother chased the snake with a stick and killed it. She said her son thought it was a toy and he was very happy with it,” Sabq Arabic language daily said in a report from the southern Dhamad town.
  • This Terrifying Brazilian Island Has the Highest Concentration of Venomous Snakes Anywhere

    06/30/2014 10:54:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | June 25, 2014 | Natasha Geiling
    Brazil's Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world's deadliest, and most endangered, snakesFrom Iguazu Falls to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, there are some breathtakingly beautiful places in Brazil. Ilha da Queimada Grande, located about 90 miles off the São Paulo coast, seems like another one of those beautiful places—at first glance. Almost every Brazilian knows about the island, but most would never dream of going there—it's infested with between 2,000 and 4,000 golden lancehead vipers, one of the deadliest snakes in the entire world. These vipers' venom can kill a person in under an...
  • 10-Year-Old Saudi Child Plays With Snakes, Spiders, Scorpions...

    06/13/2014 1:35:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 13, 2014
    A 10-year-old Saudi boy stunned hundreds of people attending a summer festival when he put live snakes and spiders inside his mouth and letting a Copra bite his hand. Abdul Rahman Al Shammari went on stage to give the dangerous performance to the surprised audience in the northern town of Rafha. Sabq newspaper carried several pictures of the performance showing the boy having snakes and scorpions inside his month and getting bitten by a poisonous Copra.
  • Hiker Bitten by Rattlesnake in Ramona

    06/12/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 | Laura McVicker And Bridget Naso
    A hiker was bitten by a snake outside Ramona on Wednesday morning. Watch our report June 11, 2014. Hiker suffers snake bite near Ramona A woman hiking at Black Canyon Falls was bitten by a rattlesnake on Wednesday morning. Fire officials said the 24-year-old woman was hiking near the 2130 block of Black Canyon Road in Ramona when she was bitten on the foot just before noon. Witnesses said the woman had been surprised by a rattlesnake tucked in behind a rock. They said the woman was fortunate the incident happened in a spot with good cell service, as she...
  • 'Lost' snake species found on Mexican island

    05/20/2014 8:12:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | Wed, May 21 2014 | Mark Stevenson
    A species of snake that had been "lost" for almost 80 years has been re-discovered on a remote Mexican island. According to a study published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal, the Clarion nightsnake was found again on one of the Revillagigedo Islands, more than 400 miles (650 kilometers) off Mexico's Pacific coast. The original, and until recently the only, spotting of the species was made by American naturalist William Beebe in a 1936 visit to Clarion, one of the four Revillagigedo Islands. He returned with one snake preserved in a glass jar.
  • Saudi Soldier Eats Live Snake During Training

    05/18/2014 4:24:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2014
    A Saudi solider devoured a snake alive during military training that was watched by the Gulf kingdom’s interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. Arar newspaper published pictures showing the soldier biting into the reptile’s head before going down into its body. The paper said the drill involving an elite army unit was intended to demonstrate the troops’ ability to adapt to various natural conditions.
  • 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...
  • Australia: Snake eats crocodile after battle

    03/03/2014 9:07:45 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | March 3, 2014
    A snake has won a lengthy battle with a crocodile in northern Queensland, wrestling it, constricting it and then finally eating it. The incident at Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, was captured on camera by local residents on Sunday. The 10-ft snake, thought to be a python, coiled itself around the crocodile and the two struggled in the water. The snake later brought the dead crocodile onto land and ate it.
  • Ted Cruz Just Made Life Miserable for Republican Leaders Once Again

    02/12/2014 7:27:11 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 59 replies ^ | 2/12/14 | David Graham
    Way back in early February, we heard that Ted Cruz had decided to start playing nice with his fellow Republicans. What a difference 10 days make. After Speaker John Boehner moved Tuesday to pass a "clean" debt-ceiling increase, relying on Democratic votes in the House, it looked like the increase could have an easy path through the Democratic-controlled Senate. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the nation would hit the debt limit at the end of the month, and with Congress on recess until February 25, Wednesday's vote was almost do or die. But the freshman senator from Texas had other...
  • 'Snake Salvation' Pastor Andrew Hamblin Will Not Get Snakes Back Despite Grand Jury's Exoneration,

    01/31/2014 9:43:29 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 8 replies
    A grand jury in Tennessee has exonerated Pastor Andrew Hamblin, the star of the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation," but wildlife officials say that doesn't mean he will get back the 53 snakes they seized from his church last November.
  • Man Bitten by Snake 45 Minutes After Killing It

    01/18/2014 4:16:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, January 17, 2014
    A man in Australia was bitten by a venomous red-bellied black snake 45 minutes after slicing it in half with a shovel, according to Geobeats. Jake Thomas, 66, a volunteer at Werris Creek cemetery, was mowing the grass when he noticed the snake on a vase on top of a headstone. Fearing it would harm or scare visitors, he figured he'd kill it with the shovel, geobeats says. After finishing his work, he returned for the remains of the snake. When he stuck his hand in the vase, he felt it latch on to his hand, and when he pulled...
  • In Memory of Our Girlie Dog Shadow, Revised slightly

    12/06/2013 7:48:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 10 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 6, 2013 | Dan Miller
    This is a repeat of earlier posts about the loss of our best friend, Shadow. It's been seven years. We continue to miss her greatly and always will. Shadow Baby Shadow Shadow was a beautiful, intelligent and playful Akita. We named her Shadow because she followed us like a shadow. We bought her as a young pup and, like most young pups, she enjoyed chewing on furniture and otherwise being mischievous to show her displeasure when we left her alone for a few hours. Shadow greets Sizler As she matured, Shadow taught our other pups and young horses how to...
  • Snake on a Plane: Passenger Sneaks Reptile on to EasyJet Flight

    11/13/2013 1:20:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Where’s Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson when you need him? EasyJet passengers were left sitting more uncomfortably than usual after a snake was discovered on board a flight heading to England from Israel. A wacky traveller sneaked the slithering reptile past airport security in Tel Aviv in a ‘small takeaway box’ before the alarm was raised mid-flight. He was then arrested upon the plane landing at Luton airport. ‘No Samuel L, but an actual snake on a plane. Police about to meet @easyjet arriving from Tel Aviv to Luton,’ wrote one passenger on Twitter. ‘My plane is being met by...
  • Best and worst pets.

    10/14/2013 9:49:56 AM PDT · by kyperman · 78 replies
    Match my Pet ^ | 6/12/2010 | David Beart
    Looking for a furry friend for your kids? Or maybe a slimy one? Before you bring a pet into your family find out which animals makes the best... and worst pets for little ones. (You might be surprised at which animals fail the test!)
  • 9 endangered venomous vipers born at St. Louis Zoo

    09/04/2013 7:56:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | Published September 04, 2013/
    The species was thought to be extinct after a label incorrectly read that the snakes inhabited only an area of northwestern Iran. "For that reason they were thought to be extinct for 140 years," says Ettling. "It wasn't until 1983 that a couple German entomologists rediscovered them in Northeastern Turkey so they were off a little bit." As soon as the word got out that the rare snake species were still alive and slithering in eastern Turkey, snake collectors rushed to scoop up as many of the already wiped-out species as they could.
  • (Smörgĺsbord - Rat Eating Snakes Invade US Capitol) It’s Raining Snakes in Washington, DC

    05/30/2013 7:45:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Daily caller ^ | 05/30/2013 | Sarah Hofmann
    It’s raining snakes in Washington, DC Police reports in the Adams Morgan area of our nation’s capital detail recent occurrences of snakes falling out of trees and onto children. Police believe the intimidating inhabitants of Walter Pierce park to be black rat snakes, WTOP reports. The snakes fell out of trees in a playground near the National Zoo, which caused panic among the children. Black rat snakes are not poisonous, but they do constrict their small prey to kill it. The responding officer was able to capture a small one in a water bottle. Officials at the zoo said there...
  • 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."
  • Tenants: Rattlesnakes invade Scottsdale apartments ( AZ )

    05/12/2013 11:42:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    CBS 5 ^ | May 12, 2013 | Allyson Blair
    In mid-March, she was bitten by a Mohave rattlesnake just feet from her apartment while trying to save her cat. "You can feel it grip on. It's like cutting through butter. It grabbed my thumb and went down through the tendon. When it turned around it nicked me on the other side," said Wallace. The Mohave's venom put Wallace in a coma. She spent a total of nine days in the ICU and had to be readmitted to the hospital three more times. Wallace was left with no feeling in much of her hand. A few months prior Wallace told...
  • Vietnam police seize 53 king cobras from car

    04/22/2013 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-22-2013 | Author unknown
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police say they have seized 53 king cobras from a car in Hanoi and arrested the driver. Officer Dang Van Hanh said Monday the live snakes were taken to a wildlife rescue center near the capital where they treated before being released into the wild.
  • Kentucky snake preacher has five reptiles confiscated after illegally attempting....

    04/05/2013 7:39:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | David Mccormack
    FULL TITLE: No wriggle room: Kentucky snake preacher has five reptiles confiscated after illegally attempting to transport them through Tennessee A snake-handling Kentucky preacher has been forced to leave five venomous serpents in Tennessee after he was caught trying to move them through the state. Jamie Coots pleaded guilty to illegally having poisonous snakes that were confiscated after a traffic stop in Knox County, Tennessee, on Jan. 31. Prosecutors agreed to drop charges of transporting the snakes and wildlife officials agreed to give back the boxes Coots was using to carry the snakes from Alabama to his Full Gospel Tabernacle...
  • Texas woman sets snake on fire, snake sets her house on fire

    03/24/2013 9:47:57 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    NYDN ^ | March 22, 2013 | Michael Walsh
    Texas woman sets snake on fire, snake sets her house on fire The woman was frightened by a snake outside her house, so she doused it with gas and had her son set it on fire. That plan didn’t work out so well. A Texas woman burned her own house down during a heated battle with a snake. The serpent frightened the lady while cleaning outside her home Wednesday night. She doused the limbless reptile in gasoline and called over her son to set it ablaze. The plan backfired. Her son tossed a lit match at the creeping reptile but...
  • Mum Saves Baby From Python Attack

    01/07/2013 10:06:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, January 07, 2013
    An Australian toddler had a lucky escape after being attacked by a python which wrapped itself around the sleeping child's arm and then began constricting and biting the infant. Snake handler Tex Tillis said the two-year-old girl's mother woke at 3:00 am on Saturday to find the 1.85 metre (six foot) reptile attached to her child as they lay in bed in Lismore, about 600 kilometres (370 miles) north of Sydney. "She saw three coils of what looked like a snake around her baby's arm. She naturally freaked, but with presence of mind... she went for what she thought was...
  • (Life Imitates Art) Snake on a Plane Forces Emergency Landing

    12/05/2012 7:17:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | December 5, 2012 | CNN
    Snake on a plane forces emergency landing (CNN) -- Ninety passengers aboard an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Kuwait could have used actor Samuel L. Jackson this week after a snake reportedly bit a Jordanian man who smuggled the reptile onboard. Jackson's character in the movie "Snakes on a Plane" tries to figure out how to save the aircraft after crates of hyped-up serpents started killing the cast. There wasn't quite that kind of drama on Monday, but the incident forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in the Egyptian resort town of Al Ghardaqa on the Red...
  • I Hate Snakes (And So Does The Pentagon)

    12/04/2012 11:11:06 AM PST · by filbert00 · 5 replies
    ExportLawBlog ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Clif Burns
    Like Indiana Jones, I hate snakes, and so doing this post (and especially the picture at the right) was a bit unsettling, but the story was just too good to pass up. According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the Pentagon is buying snake bite drugs from Iran. Apparently Afghanistan is crawling with venomous snakes (like the Oxus cobra pictured on the right), and Iran’s Razi Vaccine & Serum Research Institute is one of the few manufacturers and purveyors of the anti-venin needed to combat snake bites in Afghanistan. Indeed, DoD medical guidance explicitly states that...
  • Snake in mail leaves post office staff rattled

    10/31/2012 1:29:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Oct 2012
    The one metre long non-venomous snake was one of four sent this week in an express parcel that arrived at the Sabie Post Office, about 300km northeast (185 miles) of Johannesburg, postal officials said on Wednesday. Once the python hit the floor, sorting room employees were out the door, Sabie Branch Manager Mthobisi Duba said. "This was the most traumatic experience ever in the post office," Duba said in a statement.

    06/14/2012 12:00:20 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 18 replies
    I Love Texas Facebook page ^ | 14 June 2012 | unk
    Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why. A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze. It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa. She let out a very loud scream. The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into...
  • 'Serpent-Handling' West Virginia Pastor Dies From Snake Bite

    05/31/2012 6:57:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/31/2012 | ARLETTE SAENZ
    A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before. Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event. "I am looking for a great time this Sunday," Wolford wrote May 22, according to the Washington Post. "It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled...
  • Serpent-handling pastor dies hours after he's bitten by a RATTLESNAKE..

    05/30/2012 10:45:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 97 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2012 | Thomas Durante
    A Pentecostal reverend known for preaching with the help of a rattlesnake coiled around his arm lost his life when one of the creatures suddenly bit him. Mack Randall Wolford, pastor at the Full Gospel Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka, West Virginia, died hours after receiving the deadly bite on Sunday - the day after his 44th birthday. Wolford’s father, who was also a serpent-handling pastor, died in the same way nearly 30 years ago.
  • Snakes On A Plane: Real-Life Scare For Australian Pilot

    04/05/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies ^ | April 5, 2012 | M. Johanson
    Samuel L. Jackson was nowhere to be found when an Australian pilot found himself with "Snakes on a Plane" Tuesday. Air Frontier pilot Braden Blennerhassett was just 20 minutes into a flight from Darwin to the remote Northern Territory community of Peppimenarti to drop off cargo when a snake suddenly appeared in the cockpit. "Look, you're not going to believe this," he told air traffic controllers, "I've got snakes on a plane." Blennerhassett was forced to make an emergency landing after the unusual mayday call. "Sure enough, out of the corner of my eye, I see a little bit of...
  • Just Try to Get This One on a Plane (‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’ on Smithsonian Channel)

    04/01/2012 11:19:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | NEIL GENZLINGER
    A spring warning for puttering-in-the-garden types who have occasionally been startled by a garter snake as they pull the weeds: Soon you may be seeing a cousin of that garter lolling in your flowerbed. This snake will be fairly easy to distinguish from the other. It’ll be the one that’s longer than your house. “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” coming Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel, suggests near the end of the program that we may not have seen the last of the incredibly large prehistoric serpent known as Titanoboa, or something like it. The program notes the correlation between snake size and...
  • Monster Titanoboa Snake Invades New York (43' Prehistoric Snake Weighed 2,500 lbs.)

    03/21/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 185+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 21, 2012 | Claudine Zap
    Monster titanoboa snake invades New York New York commuters arriving at Grand Central Station were greeted by a monstrous sight: a 48-foot-long, 2,500-pound titanoboa snake. The good news: It's not alive. Anymore. But the full-scale replica of the reptile -- which made its first appearance at the commuter hub -- is intended, as Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer happily admitted, to "scare the daylights out of people" -- actually has a higher calling: to "communicate science to a lot of people." The scientifically scary-accurate model will go a long way toward that: If this snake slithered by you, it would be...
  • Snakes in a Bowl

    02/18/2012 7:07:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | 2012-02-06 | Pauline D. Loh
    There are enough exotic foods in China to please the most bizarre-loving gourmets, but often, it is not the love of the unusual that drives the epicurean quest. Pauline D. Loh discovers the benefits of a bowl of warming snake soup in the cold Hong Kong winter. It's a delicious bowl of thick broth, redolent with aged citrus peel, thick with strips of mushrooms, black fungus, bamboo shoots, shredded chicken meat and ... snake. After it is served at the table, eager connoisseurs can add a generous sprinkle of white pepper and a scatter of finely sliced lime leaves. Finally,...
  • 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...
  • Juvenile red ratsnake

    01/29/2012 1:15:22 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Photobucket ^ | 01/29/2012 | Silentgypsy
  • Obama takes on Florida snakes (South Florida media will praise Hussein for "action")

    01/17/2012 8:22:06 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/17/12 | A Restuccia
    The Obama administration took steps Tuesday to stop the spread of non-native snakes like pythons and anacondas throughout the Florida Everglades.
  • Airport X-ray Surprise: Poisonous Snakes [Snakes Almost On A Plane]

    12/30/2011 10:36:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 28, 2011
    A man tried to board a plane in Argentina with almost 250 poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles in his baggage, each meticulously labeled with its Latin name. Czech citizen Karel Abelovsky, 51, was en route to Spain when airport officials made him open his baggage at Buenos Aires' international airport after police spotted the reptiles in the X-ray scanner. They found 247 exotic and endangered species in all, packed inside plastic containers, bags and even socks. Authorities believe the Czech was a courier for a criminal organization that smuggles exotic species whose exports are banned, a judicial source told The...
  • Man Dumps Snakes in Office to Fight Corruption in India

    12/02/2011 6:30:35 AM PST · by mandrake · 3 replies
    outlookindia ^ | Nov 30, 2011
    In a scary protest, an aggrieved snakecharmer dumped a dozen snakes inside a revenue office in this district in Uttar Pradesh triggering panic among the staff. The hapless staff at the office of the revenue inspector in Haraiyan tehsil in Basti district climbed atop tables for cover while some scurried out to the exit door to make good their escape from the slithering reptiles. Officials said the snake charmer named Hakkul was agitated and let loose the two to three feet snakes yesterday since he alleged that the revenue department staff was demanding money for allotment of land. TV footages...
  • S. Florida Rainbow Snake Declared Extinct, Reward Offered to Prove it is Not

    11/30/2011 1:47:24 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies ^ | 30 Nov 2011 | unattributed
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared in October that the South Florida rainbow snake (Farancia erytrogramma seminola) is extinct, but the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Snake Conservation think otherwise, and have put up a $500 reward to the first person who can document that the snake is not extinct. Cameron Young, executive director of the Center for Snake Conservation said in a press release that declaring the snake extinct without adequate research is scientifically irresponsible. Young hopes that in offering a reward for valid documentation that the snake is not extinct, the proof will...
  • Pelosi Leads List Of Conflict Of Interest Dems

    11/17/2011 4:26:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 17, 2011 | Editor
    Ethics: As Democrats demonize Wall Street CEOs as the "greedy" fiends of the financial crisis, they've lined their own pockets — both before and after the crisis. Nancy Pelosi's just the latest example. The former House speaker allegedly gamed financial reforms to boost her personal stock portfolio. The brewing scandal is complicated, but here's the Reader's Digest version: After a Pelosi staffer left to lobby on behalf of credit-card giant Visa, Pelosi delayed bringing to the House floor a bill to end lucrative "swipe fees" for Visa and other credit providers. The bill couldn't have come at a worse time...
  • The Incredibly Expanding Snake Heart

    10/29/2011 3:02:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | 27 October 2011 | Daniel Strain
    Enlarge Image Heart attack. Following a big meal, oily nutrients in the bloodstream of Burmese pythons (shown) spur massive growth of their hearts. Credit: Stephen M. Secor At the end of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the titular villain undergoes a literal change of heart. His blood-pumping organ swells to three times its prior size. The ticker of the Burmese python (Python molurus) similarly balloons, but the cause isn't Christmas cheer—it's a big meal. A new study of recently fed snakes suggests that a precise mixture of fatty acids in the blood drives this cardiac growth, unveiling...
  • 10 Snakes, 3 Lizards Found In I-75 Traffic Stop

    10/13/2011 10:50:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    CANTON, Ga. -- State wildlife officials are investigating after 10 snakes and three lizards were found in a car during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 north of Atlanta. Authorities say Cherokee County sheriff's deputies pulled the car over on Interstate 75 Monday. Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings told WSB-TV that an Indiana driver had 10 snakes and three different lizard species in the car. Cummings said the snakes were not venomous. She said species included corn, coachwhip, pine, king and Southern hognose snakes - all native to Georgia - plus a rosy boa, a non-native snake....
  • Yikes! (video)

    09/30/2011 1:41:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies