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2010-11-03 12:45:00

By Mick Kulikowski, North Carolina State University In a finding that upends decades of scientific theory on reptile reproduction, researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that female boa constrictors can squeeze out babies without mating. More strikingly, the finding shows that the babies produced from this asexual reproduction have attributes previously believed to be impossible. Large litters of all-female babies produced by the "super mom" boa constrictor show...

2009-11-06 04:00:00

WILMINGTON, N.C., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today a U.S. House Subcommittee will consider H.R. 2811 a bill that could determine the fate of much of the reptile trade in the United States. Introduced by U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek (D-FL), who recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, the bill could add the entire genus python to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act; a designation reserved for only the most dangerous alien invaders to our natural eco-system....

2009-08-12 15:01:26

A worker at a New York City laundromat said she was shocked when what she thought was a toy 4-foot-long boa constrictor behind a stack of clothes began to move. Erika Vega, 27, said she didn't think much of the snake behind the clothes she was preparing to wash until it revealed itself to be the real thing by slithering, the New York Post reported Wednesday. It's alive! It's alive! Vega recalled herself as screaming. Animal control officers reunited the 9-pound boa, Slinky, with its owner,...

2009-02-18 16:01:11

A New York boy said he and a friend were shocked when a 4-foot boa constrictor slithered from the couch while they were coloring. Jay Jhomar, 7, said he and friend Danny Yunstella, also 7, were coloring on his family's sofa when the snake began emerging from a half-zipped couch cushion, the New York Post reported Wednesday. I felt something on my back, Jay said. I was excited. I thought I found a toy in the couch. It felt like a ball. However, the boys then found themselves face to face with...

2009-01-07 13:43:09

Florida police said an officer caught a 5-foot-long boa constrictor that was spotted by residents about 100 feet from a school. The officer caught the snake in a plastic container and brought it back to the Ocoee police station, where it was retrieved by animal control officers, WFTV, Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday. WFTV said the reptile's eventual fate is uncertain, but it will likely be taken to a wildlife sanctuary with a snake enclosure.

2007-01-29 21:00:00

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Four workers clearing debris along the Great Miami River in southwest Ohio found a frozen eight-foot boa constrictor Monday morning. "We never expected this to happen," said Chris Miller, who was working with other McGraw-Kokosing Inc. workers to clean debris from recent floods and fill a sinkhole. "We've been entertaining ourselves. It's been a lot of fun, really." The snake was stretched out when found near a bike path along the river. "It's very unusual," Miller said....

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