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  • Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes (& two broken legs)

    10/19/2018 3:44:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/18/18 | ANITA SNOW
    An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team. "He is a very fortunate individual," Operations Commander Roger Yensen of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Mountain Rescue Posse said Thursday of 62-year-old John Waddell. Waddell owns the land where the shaft is located north of Phoenix and was using a rope to lower himself into it on...
  • Homeowners in Leander, Texas neighborhood distressed over rattlesnake invasion

    09/09/2018 1:42:24 PM PDT · by bgill · 108 replies
    mysa ^ | Sept. 6, 2018 | Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli
    A subdivision in a small Texas town north of Austin is facing a dangerous influx of rattlesnakes...Brown came across a baby rattlesnake in his own yard, where his two-year-old daughter and three dogs often play...According to KXAN, local authorities are aware of the issue, but to Brown's knowledge, they haven't done much other than recommend people take preventive measures by cleaning up any overgrown brush or getting rid of places where snakes can hide...As for Brown, he thinks the snakes are victims too and people should heed the recommendations from authorities. I don't want a child, adult, or dog to...
  • Shocking moment a Kentucky snake-handling preacher is bitten and has to be carried from his...

    08/18/2018 9:42:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | August 17, 2018 | Jessica Green For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Shocking moment a Kentucky snake-handling preacher is bitten and has to be carried from his church, four years after his pastor father was killed by a rattlesnake This is the startling moment a controversial American pastor, whose father was killed after being bitten by a snake, is himself attacked by a serpent. Cody Coots is the pastor at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky - one of America’s last remaining snake-handling churches. During his sermon, Pastor Coots can be seen handling a snake as he preaches to his congregation.
  • Shocking moment a Kentucky snake-handling preacher is bitten and has to be carried [tr]

    08/17/2018 6:17:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2018 | Jessica Green
    This is the startling moment a controversial American pastor, whose father was killed after being bitten by a snake, is himself attacked by a serpent. Cody Coots is the pastor at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky - one of America’s last remaining snake-handling churches. During his sermon, Pastor Coots can be seen handling a snake as he preaches to his congregation.
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Snake Hatchling Found Encased in Burmese Amber

    08/12/2018 9:05:43 AM PDT · by ETL · 23 replies ^ | Jul 19, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    The newly-reported specimen was obtained from an amber deposit in the Angbamo area in Myanmar’s Kachin province.The fossil is a 1.6-inch (4.75 cm) long postcranial skeleton made up of 97 vertebrae; the snake’s head is missing. It dates from the Late Cretaceous epoch, approximately 99 million years ago.“This snake, named Xiaophis myanmarensis, is linked to ancient snakes from Argentina, Africa, India and Australia,” said University of Alberta’s Professor Michael Caldwell.“It is an important — and until now, missing — component of understanding snake evolution from southern continents, that is Gondwana, in the mid-Mesozoic.” “At 99 million years old, it dates...
  • Texas man shocked as 7-foot snake wrapped around front door grille moves in for a 'closer look'

    05/27/2018 11:59:54 AM PDT · by ETL · 78 replies ^ | May 25, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    A Texas man who had just moved into a new home in Morgan's Point Resort was shaking in his boots after a surprise guest showed up at his front door Tuesday. A nearly 7-foot reptile, later identified as a Texas rat snake, was coiled around the grille on the homeowner's door. As the man went to turn his key in the door, the snake moved. -snip- The Texas rat snake is a non-venomous reptile that's commonly found in North Texas. ..." "Texas rat snakes are excellent climbers and there have been occasional reports of Texas rat snakes climbing the sides...
  • Oklahoma man, 57, dies after rattlesnake bites him twice: 'Don't mess with snakes'

    05/02/2018 4:09:38 PM PDT · by I Drive Too Fast · 195 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/1/2018 | Madeline Farber
    A 57-year-old man in Oklahoma is dead after being bitten by a rattlesnake, his wife said. Barry Lester was driving in Osage County on Sunday when he saw the snake in the middle of the road and decided to stop and move it out of the way, the Tulsa World reported. But during the attempt the rattler bit him — twice. “It bit his left hand, and then he put it in his right and it bit that hand too,” Lester's wife, Roberta, told the newspaper. The couple was traveling to Keystone Lake when the incident occured. “We were just...
  • Let's Chase The Snakes Out

    03/17/2018 11:14:35 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 14 replies
    Quentin Ireland | March 17, 2018 | Quentin Ireland
    Happy St. Patrick's Day. Let's chase the snakes out of D.C.!
  • Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

    03/17/2018 7:23:55 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-17-18 | MOTUS
      For this year’s reenactment of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland… AG Jeff Sessions fired Andy McCabe. If this godforsaken island of perfidy is ever going to be habitable by decent men there are a lot more snakes that need a one way ticket out of town. But nice start.On another St. Patrick’s day note I feel I should warn those of you wandering off to a bar to celebrate the day with a beer and perhaps a wee dram chaser: along with the usual green brews this year’s on tap selections include a new “glitter beer”...
  • Snakes alive! Burmese python devours 35-pound deer in Florida

    03/04/2018 3:24:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Valley News Live ^ | Mar 03, 2018
    That’s a heck of a meal! The Conservancy of Southwest Florida documented a Burmese python eating a white-tailed deer that weighed more than the python itself. According to The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which does research on python behavior and habitats in order to help control the population of the invasive species, this is believed to be the largest predator-to-prey ratio documented for the Burmese python, and possibly for any species of python. The findings will be published in the March 2018 issue of Herpetological Review. This snake, an 11-foot female, was found in Collier Seminole State Park on April...
  • Rock Singer Has Been Injecting Himself With Snake Venom for 25 Years

    12/13/2017 5:44:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    ScienceNordic ^ | December 11, 2017 | Charlotte Price Persson
    Scientists have now made a catalogue of Steve Ludwin’s antibodies.For 25 years, Steve Ludwin has self-administered weekly injections of venom from some of the world’s most venomous snakes. He initially used extremely low doses, diluted with water. Since then, he gradually increased the dose and expanded his repertoire to more than 35 snake species. He believes that the injections boost his immune system and keep him young. There is no scientific evidence that this is the case, just as there is no doubt that Steve has embarked on a potentially life-threatening hobby. But it does present scientists with a unique...
  • As the climate warms, snakes could slither north

    09/15/2017 9:49:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Yale Climate Connections ^ | September 15, 2017 | By Eileen Mignoni
    Venomous snakes are among the most feared animals in the world, and they may start slithering into new places. Yanez-Arenas: “So as our climate changes, so too will the potential for a species to expand their ranges and come in contact with people they never will have before.” Carlos Yanez-Arenas is a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2015, while a post-doc at the University of Kansas, he used climate models to predict where dozens of species of snakes will be able to live by 2050. He found that with warmer temperatures, many snakes, such as copperheads...
  • Monterey Park Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Poisonous Cobras in Potato Chip Cans

    09/08/2017 11:22:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sep 7, 2017
    Rodrigo Franco, 34, admitted to smuggling another 20 or so cobras, as well as sending protected turtles to Hong Kong.A Monterey Park man who accepted packages containing three highly venomous king cobras coiled up in potato chip canisters pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal wildlife smuggling charge. Rodrigo Franco, 34, admitted to smuggling another 20 or so cobras, as well as sending protected turtles to Hong Kong, according to his plea agreement. Prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of no more than 18 months in exchange for the plea. A Dec. 7 sentencing hearing was set by U.S. District Judge...
  • Fungal disease found on milksnake in WV

    07/25/2017 5:26:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    WOWK TV NEWS 13 ^ | July 25, 2017 | WOWK
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia wildlife authorities say an Eastern Milksnake in Kanawha County has tested positive for snake fungal disease in the first contemporary occurrence in the state. Kevin Oxenrider, Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologist, says dramatic declines in snake populations, particularly rattlesnakes farther north, have been linked to the disease.
  • Video captures snake hitching ride on vehicle down I-26

    07/09/2017 2:46:00 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    FoxCarolina ^ | July 6, 2017 | Rachel Cumberbatch
    Try to imagine this: You're making your way down the interstate when all of a sudden, you notice a huge snake dangling right by your driver's side window. For Becky Reeves Castro of Spartanburg, this was no imaginary tale. This was real life. Reeves said she, her boyfriend and her mother-in-law were all traveling from Roebuck in a truck down I-26 on Thursday when it happened. She shared footage of the terrifying incident with us, and you've been warned - the commentary is GOLD. Becky and the other passengers inside the truck can be heard discussing the incident in real...
  • South African Pastor Who Fed Live Snakes to Members Pleads for Deliverance for Misreading the Bible

    06/06/2017 10:03:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/06/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Controversial Pastor Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries in South Africa reportedly admitted to Nigerian megachurch preacher T.B. Joshua that he misread the Bible in having his congregants eat live snakes back in 2015. Mnguni claimed at the time that through the power of God true believers can eat anything. Photos emerged online showing the pastor feeding live snakes, rats, underwear and other things to congregants. South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities rose up against his practices, however, and he was arrested, before being released in 2016....
  • Wait, what? Scientist discovers snakes hunt in packs

    05/26/2017 11:58:29 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    my champlain valley ^ | 26 May 2017
    Not only that, but they hang from cave ceilings A scientist from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has discovered that a species of snake, the Cuban boa, hunts in groups, and through teamwork improve their chances of catching prey. And if a pack of 1 to 2 meter (3 to 6 ft) long snakes working together wasn't enough to give you heart palpitations, they do it by hanging upside down from the roofs of caves. "After sunset and before dawn, some of the boas entered the passage that connected the roosting chamber with the entrance chamber, and hunted by suspending...
  • House Of Snakes: Dream Home Turns Out To Be A Nightmare

    05/03/2017 1:12:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    CBS ^ | May 2, 2017 | Liz Collin
    OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — It sounds like a scene out of a horror movie: A Minnesota mom and her kids unsuspectingly move into a house full of snakes. While it may sound hard to believe, it’s the frightening reality for a family left with few options after buying what they once considered the perfect home. Like a couple of crime scene investigators, they treat the property like a puzzle, piecing together a homeowner’s worst nightmare. “Typically, you’ll find them along the siding,” one pest control worker from Adam’s Pest Control said. VIDEO
  • Mystery as FORTY snakes are found dumped in a slithering pile in a Walmart parking lot

    04/26/2017 6:49:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 26, 2017 | Keith Griffith For
    A writhing pile of up to forty snakes was left in a Walmart parking lot, terrifying shoppers and baffling law enforcement. Panicked shoppers in Paragould, Arkansas called 911 on Saturday evening, after spotting the terrifying sight of dozens of snakes slithering across the parking lot pavement. The vile perpetrator who dumped the snakes in the parking lot remains unknown to investigators. 'Someone dropped a s**tload of snakes in the Paragould Walmart parking lot. Lots of copperheads in there, from what I'm told,' resident Tanya Marie Cole wrote in warning on Facebook. 'What the hell is wrong with people?!'
  • A snake found its way into a Harrington Park yard and spooked the homeowners

    04/19/2017 7:25:56 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2017 | Daniel Zautsen
    “The electrician had gone around the side of the house and froze when he saw the snake, it had him pinned up so he didn’t want to move,” he said. “Putting a bucket over the snake can be dangerous because you’re within the strike range, it’s better to throw the towel from a small distance to keep you out of that range. “Cats will often chase a snake and because their teeth are sharp and cylinder shaped they will bite and the wound will close up but because of the bacteria in a cat’s mouth which can be quite dangerous...