Latest Python reticulatus Stories

2011-12-14 14:54:57

People and giant snakes not only target each other for food — they also compete for the same prey, according to a study co-authored by a Cornell University researcher. More than a quarter of the men in a modern Filipino hunter-gatherer group have been attacked by giant pythons – yet those same hunter-gatherers often target the pythons as their next meal. The study also finds that both the hunters and the pythons routinely eat local deer, wild pigs and monkeys. "Hunter-gatherers...

2009-10-13 15:15:00

Five giant non-native snake species would pose high risks to the health of ecosystems in the United States should they become established here, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report released today. The USGS report details the risks of nine non-native boa, anaconda and python species that are invasive or potentially invasive in the United States. Because all nine species share characteristics associated with greater risks, none was found to be a low ecological risk. Two of these...

2009-09-22 23:51:21

A 10-foot-long reticulated python was found floating dead Tuesday in a drainage pond in a Florida nature preserve, officials said. John Rivard of Clearwater discovered the snake in the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve during an early morning walk, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported. I was a little surprised, he said. It was not something I expected to see out there. Rivard used a stick to fish the snake out of the pond, used for treatment of storm water, and got some photos. Workers...

2008-08-06 00:00:20

By PHIL POTTER Just hearing someone scream the word S-S-S-SNAKE usually gets everyone's rapt attention. So if the sight of any snake gives most folks the heebie-jeebies, what would stumbling across an alligator do? Don't say alligators don't live around here because someone may be liberating a couple at this moment. The exotic pet trade is out of control and many owners find themselves living with something that wasn't designed to be a lovable lap animal. Harboring a critter that bites...

2008-07-18 15:00:30

By Mark LaFlamme LEWISTON - Theories abounded Thursday about how a python made its way into a Gorham woman's washing machine the night before. By the end of the day, they were still only theories. Wildlife experts say they will likely never know how the snake came to settle on top of a load of wet duds. A day after the reptile caused a buzz in both Gorham and Lewiston, it was resting comfortably at the state Wildlife Park in Gray. There, the snake was even enjoying a measure of celebrity...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.