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2010-01-12 09:37:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz has traveled worldwide to collect venom and DNA from rare animals for his television series WILD RECON (Tuesdays at 9 PM on Animal Planet). Each week, Donald gets his hands on some of the deadliest animals on the planet: black mambas in South Africa, sea snakes in Australia, and even rampaging elephants in Sri Lanka. But in January, he will face his toughest challenge yet: to spend 10 consecutive days...

2009-08-11 13:28:42

An 87-year-old Florida woman thought she was picking up a stick; instead, it was a baby pygmy rattlesnake and it bit her, her granddaughter said. Ester Orrino of Hunters Green killed the rattler. The granddaughter called for an ambulance and Orrino was treated at University Community Hospital in Tampa, hospital records showed. The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Orrino was a farmer in Italy in her younger years and routinely killed snakes and other pests. The pygmy, one of six kinds of...

2009-08-06 17:20:11

An Oregon auto mechanic said he pulled a 3-foot diamondback rattlesnake out of a car belonging to a woman who complained about a strange hissing sound. Marvin Schenck, a 28-year veteran of auto service, said his friend and employer, Dave Prewitt, called him to his Klamath Falls home July 30 to examine his wife's Geo Tracker, after she complained it was making a strange hissing sound and said she noticed a rope dangling from the car's undercarriage, the Klamath Falls Herald & News reported...

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2009-05-23 23:55:00

A sheriff's deputy examining a suspicious package outside a California courthouse found two toy guns and a live rattlesnake in a trash bag. Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Tom MacKenzie said the venomous snake was an adult 3 to 4 feet in length, The Modesto Bee reported. It was turned over to Merced Animal Control after the discovery Friday morning. Rick Jarratt, who works as a court bailiff, unknotted the bag to find the pit viper. MacKenzie said investigators examined surveillance video...

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2009-05-21 12:00:00

Spanish police say they are waiting for a shipment of snake venom antidote before entering a Madrid apartment filled with illegal reptiles. Civil Guard officers in Madrid and zookeepers called in to assist with the operation Wednesday said they are waiting to enter an apartment believed to contain two pythons, five boa constrictors and a rattlesnake, The Times of London reported Thursday. The officers said local hospitals do not stock venom antidotes for non-native snakes and it could take up...

2009-05-05 23:41:15

Illinois wildlife officials are holding a rattlesnake roundup, this one aimed at saving the local population of eastern massasauga snakes. The snakes, growing no more than 2 feet long, are the only rattlesnakes surviving around Chicago. The Illinois Department of Wildlife, working with U.S. Fish and Game and the Lincoln Park Zoo, hopes to breed enough snakes in captivity to get local numbers back up. Experts say the eastern massasauga is shy. Joanne Earnhardt, a biologist at the zoo who heads...

2009-05-05 10:00:00

The California Poison Control System Warns that Snake Bites are Becoming More Powerful and Patient Reactions Have Increased SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The change in weather marks a change in rattlesnake behavior as well. Snakes live all over California and while most are not poisonous, the rattlesnake is. In humans, a rattlesnake bite can produce swelling and bruising and can sometimes be fatal. "Over the past couple of years we have seen an increase in powerful...

2009-04-27 17:46:18

Organizers of the 44th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Oklahoma said the event was aimed at educating people about the venomous snakes. The organizers said the three-day derby, which ended Sunday, annually draws an estimated 35,000 visitors to Magnum to catch, kill and learn about Western diamondback rattlesnakes, USA Today reported Monday. Kerry Kendall, co-director of the event, said every attraction is something you can bring your 4-year-old to. It's a wholesome, clean weekend, Kendall...

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2009-03-08 01:00:00

Eric Carl Timaeus, a regular competitor at a Texas rattlesnake roundup has his own code -- he catches no females, no young snakes and only the largest males. Timaeus has won the prize for longest snake for the past nine years at the Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Roundup, The New York Times reported Friday. These days, he usually drops off his snakes when the festival gets under way and then returns at the end to collect his prize. The roundup, scheduled this year for March 12-15, has been an...

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2008-08-12 15:34:14

A Canadian graduate student is exploring why rattlesnakes in southeastern Alberta slither onto, and often die, on the asphalt blacktop of the regions roads. Adam Martinson, a University of Calgary student working on a Masters degree, has come to Dinosaur Provincial Park, listed as a United Nations World Heritage site, to further study this odd phenomenon. "Road mortality is a significant factor of influencing snake populations around the world," Martinson said. "In southern Alberta it's...


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2007-02-18 23:30:54

The Diamondback Water Snake, Nerodia rhombifer, is a common species of water snake found throughout much of central United States along the Mississippi River Valley. It also ranges within the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. It is also found in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Vera Cruz in Mexico. It is non-venomous and a member of the colubrid family. Diamondback water...

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2007-01-10 11:03:32

The Pygmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the southeastern United States. There are three subspecies of this snake. They are generally a small species that grow to between 15 to 31 inches in length. Photo by LA Dawson

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2007-01-10 11:01:33

The Desert Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii, is a subspecies of the Massasauga rattlesnake. It is found in the southwestern United States, primarily in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. There are also small populations in Colorado, Oklahoma, California, and in northern Mexico. It is found in rocky, semi-arid and arid areas. The Desert Massasauga has a light gray or white base color, with dark gray or gray-brown blotches. Their underside is typically entirely white. They are among the...

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2007-01-10 10:58:11

The Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the United States, primarily in the Great Lakes region from New York to Illinois, including Ontario in Canada. Some isolated populations are found as far south as northern Missouri. It is the only venomous snake in Michigan, where it is known as the Michigan Rattler. It is also called the swamp rattler because it prefers swamps and other wetland areas. Its common name is derived from the Native American Ojibwa...

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2007-01-10 10:54:12

The Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, Crotalus willardi, is a small species of venomous rattlesnake found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is rarely found outside habitats of high elevation. They are found primarily in wooded mountain ranges primarily in the southwest. Human encounters with these snakes are considered rare events. This is a rather small rattlesnake, with all subspecies measuring one to two feet in length. Color patterns are generally a dark-brown base with pale or...

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