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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...

2008-06-15 21:00:08

SEGAMAT: The Wildlife and National Parks Department has raided what is perhaps the largest makeshift facility to process, preserve and store exotic meat in Malaysia. In the 9am raid, Wildlife Crime Prevention Unit deputy director Celescoriano Razond headed an eight-man team from Kuala Lumpur to seize more than RM100,000 of exotic meat after receiving a tip-off 48 hours earlier. Celescoriano said they found about 20 foreign workers skinning protected animals, including snakes and monitor...

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2008-02-22 06:00:00

The Everglades apparently isn't big enough for the giant invaders, who have grown fat, happy and increasingly numerous on a diet of unsuspecting natives. Over the last year, pythons have been found in the wild from Key Largo to Glades County -- and a new study suggests the exotic predators could spread beyond South Florida. Far beyond. The Burmese, or Indian, python -- at least theoretically -- would feel right at home from California to Delaware in an array of habitats from scrub deserts...

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2006-12-17 18:50:00

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. -- "SNAKE!" Hearing this shout, Skip Snow slammed on the brakes. When the off-roader plowed to a halt, he and his partner, Lori Oberhofer, leaped out and took off running toward two snakes, actually - a pair of 10-foot Burmese pythons lying on a levee, sunning themselves. After slipping, sliding and tumbling down a rocky embankment, Snow, a wildlife biologist, grabbed one of the creatures by the tail. The python, Oberhofer says, did not care much for that. "It...

2006-04-12 07:42:55

By Tom Brown EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Florida (Reuters) - The man leading efforts to eradicate giant Burmese python snakes from Everglades National Park sounds almost fearful, and certainly not optimistic, when he talks about the chances of wiping out an invasive species he calls "the enemy." That is partly because Skip Snow, a 54-year-old veteran wildlife biologist with the U.S. National Park Service, says he doesn't know how many of the slithery monsters are in the swampy Florida...

2006-04-12 07:40:00

By Tom Brown EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Florida -- The man leading efforts to eradicate giant Burmese python snakes from Everglades National Park sounds almost fearful, and certainly not optimistic, when he talks about the chances of wiping out an invasive species he calls "the enemy." That is partly because Skip Snow, a 54-year-old veteran wildlife biologist with the U.S. National Park Service, says he doesn't know how many of the slithery monsters are in the swampy Florida park. "It could be...

2006-04-12 07:07:59

By Tom Brown EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Florida (Reuters) - The man leading efforts to eradicate giant Burmese python snakes from Everglades National Park sounds almost fearful, and certainly not optimistic, when he talks about the chances of wiping out an invasive species he calls "the enemy." That is partly because Skip Snow, a 54-year-old veteran wildlife biologist with the U.S. National Park Service, says he doesn't know how many of the slithery monsters are in the swampy Florida...

2005-10-13 01:20:00

TOKYO -- Japan is moving toward requiring owners of potentially dangerous animals, such as crocodiles and pythons, to have microchips implanted in their pets in case the animals get loose, officials said on Thursday. The move follows a recent wave of incidents around the nation in which animals such as pythons, crocodiles and giant salamanders have been found wandering loose, frequently on the streets of densely populated cities. In one notorious case, a man lost track of his pet python after...

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2005-09-18 04:35:00

JOHANNESBURG -- They are powerful predators that constrict their prey but female African pythons also have a maternal side unheard of among egg-laying snakes: they spend time with their young after they hatch. The discovery underscores how little we know about the world of snakes and suggests their ways may be far more elaborate than scientists previously thought. "I had reports from farmers that they had seen baby snakes and their mothers out together and I thought, this is crazy," said...


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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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