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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...

2011-10-27 22:12:55

Identification of three fatty acids involved in the extreme growth of Burmese pythons' hearts following large meals could prove beneficial in treating diseased human hearts, according to research co-authored by a University of Alabama scientist and publishing in the Oct. 28 issue of Science. Growth of the human heart can be beneficial when resulting from exercise — a type of growth known as physiological cardiac hypertrophy — but damaging when triggered by disease —...

2011-10-27 22:06:29

Fatty acids circulating through feeding python bloodstreams promotes healthy heart growth in the constricting snakes A surprising new University of Colorado Boulder study shows that huge amounts of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstreams of feeding pythons promote healthy heart growth, results that may have implications for treating human heart disease. CU-Boulder Professor Leslie Leinwand and her research team found the amount of triglycerides -- the main constituent of natural...

2011-03-10 23:16:15

The Everglades National Park in Florida is home to hundreds of species of native wildlife. It has also become the well-established home of the non-native Burmese python"”known to be a predator of native species. Now scientists, for the first time, have conducted a detailed analysis of the avian component of the python's diet and the negative impact the snakes may have on Florida's native birds, including some endangered species. The Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus), native to...

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....

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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...

2009-09-20 05:17:14

Scientists say the African rock python and the Burmese python could mate in the Florida Everglades, producing a vigorous possibly man-eating hybrid. Burmese pythons are known to be breeding in the Everglades National Park and naturalists estimate about 100,000 live in the area. Five rock pythons have been captured or killed near the Everglades recently, ABC News reports. Both species are invaders, most pets released when they got too big. Both can grow to be more than 20 feet long. It's a big...

2009-09-12 12:14:24

A monster python named Delilah has been moved to a new home in Florida amid concerns her back yard cage couldn't contain her, Apopka authorities said. The 18-foot pet snake is at least 16 years old and weighs more than 400 pounds, Florida Fish and Wildlife investigator Rick Brown told The Miami Herald in a story published Saturday. To me it's a Goliath. It's a monster of a snake, Brown said, adding it was the largest snake he had ever seen. Delilah was removed from her Apopka home Friday and...

2009-08-22 08:59:10

Licensed hunters will soon have permission to kill pythons and other invasive reptiles in South Florida, but only in season and with approved weapons. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the new policy Friday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. It takes effect Aug. 29. Under the new rules, hunters with licenses for deer, hogs or alligators can kill Burmese pythons or any other listed reptile of concern. The list includes four more python species, the green...


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2008-11-21 16:21:55

The Children's Python (Antaresia childreni), is a non-venomous python found in Australia. It is found mainly in the extreme north of Western Australia, the northern third of Northern territory, and in northeastern Queensland. It is also found on the islands of the Torres Strait. It was named in honor of John George Children, who was a curator of the zoological collection at the British Museum around that time. No subspecies are currently recognized. Adults grow to about 30 inches in...

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2007-03-19 15:51:55

The Ball Python, Python regius, also known as the Royal Python, is a ground dwelling, non-venomous snake native to the savannahs and rain forests in western Africa. The snake is mainly found in the countries of Ghana, Togo and Benin. The name Ball derives from its tendency to curl up in a tight "ball" when stressed or frightened. The Ball Python is mostly light brown-green and black in color, with a tan-yellow underbelly. However, they do come in many morphs, which are genetic mutations...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.