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2009-08-14 13:39:06

A trapper in Manatee County, Fla., says he staged last month's catch of a 14-foot python near an area day-care center. Trapper Justin Matthews admitted he attempted to alert the general public to the problem of wild pythons in Florida by releasing the large snake near a day care in Bradenton, Fla., so he could capture the animal, Bay News 9 reported Thursday. The cable news station in St. Petersburg, Fla., said the python used by Matthews in July was purchased at business in Tampa, Fla., for...

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,...

2009-08-11 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...

2009-08-09 00:53:15

An English couple are campaigning for legal restrictions on pet pythons after their cat ended up as a meal for a neighbor's pet snake. Martin and Helen Wadey of Bristol said their cat, a 4-year-old tabby named Wilbur, was eaten by a python allowed to roam in the neighbor's garden, The Times of London reported Sunday. The neighbor was not home at the time. We heard the python's strike from the terrified scream that came from Wilbur and the blood-chilling cries as he fought for his life, Martin...

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2009-08-06 10:46:11

Venomous sea snakes have evolved to deceive their predators into thinking that they have two heads, researchers reported on Wednesday. Writing in the journal Marine Ecology, Dr Arne Redsted Rasmussen and Dr Johan Elmberg found that Yellow-lipped Sea Kraits have skin markings that make their tail look like a second head. Also, they noted that the snake behaves as if the tail is another head. The performance is all part of the sea snake's effort to trick its predators so that it is less...

2009-08-01 02:20:41

A California scientist disputes a theory that a giant snake that lived about 60 million years ago needed a warm climate to survive. Mark Denny, a professor of marine sciences at Stanford University, argued the 40-foot-long snake could have regulated its body temperature by coiling up, The Stanford University News reported Friday. Scientists at the University of Toronto discovered the fossil last year in an open-pit mine in Colombia. They estimate the length at 40 feet and weight at more than...

2009-07-31 14:28:16

Florida wildlife authorities said a 17-foot, 2-inch Burmese python was captured and destroyed on a private property in Okeechobee County. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the 207-pound reptile, which was captured and killed Thursday, did not have a pet microchip required for those snakes considered reptiles of concern, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Friday. "Its stomach contents were examined, but nothing identifiable was found inside,'' the commission said in...

2009-07-29 13:19:13

Police in Connecticut said a man who crashed his car into a group of parked vehicles blamed the incident on snakes that police were unable to find. Angel Rolon of New Britain, Conn., told police he lost control of his sport utility vehicle Monday in Hartford because the pet snakes riding in the car with him got too close to the gas and brake pedals, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. Sgt. Christene Mertes said animal control officers were unable to find the snakes to confirm the...

2009-07-26 13:41:30

A wildlife expert says a 14-foot python he removed from a drainage pipe in Manatee County, Fla., is so angry it may have to be put down. Matthews Wildlife Rescue executive director Justin Matthews said while attempting to remove the large Burmese python from the 2-foot-wide pipe Saturday, he was forced to stun the animal because it was so angry, the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald reported. Matthews said the potential danger of the angry python may make the snake unusable in educational efforts...

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2009-07-16 15:10:00

A study published in the July 17 issue of the journal Science details how sandfish -- small lizards with smooth scales -- move rapidly underground through desert sand. In this first thorough examination of subsurface sandfish locomotion, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that the animals place their limbs against their sides and create a wave motion with their bodies to propel themselves through granular media. "When started above the surface, the animals dive into...


Latest Snake Reference Libraries

Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea
2014-01-17 10:16:15

The Scarlet snake (Cemophora coccinea) is a member of the Columbrae family. They are found only in the United States, in: southeastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The species typically inhabits oak and pine forests with sandy soil good for burrowing. The Scarlet snake only grows to lengths of approximately 14-26 inches. Commonly...

Indian Gamma Snake, Boiga trigonata
2014-01-17 10:01:59

The Indian gamma snake (Boiga trigonata) may also be referred to as the common cat snake. The species, a member of the Colubridae family, ranges throughout Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, southern Turkmenistan, southern Uzbekistan, southeastern Tajikistan, and Iran. Due to the vast areas the snake is found, habitats vary greatly from gallery forests to sparse desert shrublands. The Indian gamma snake has a yellow, olive or pale grayish coloration. A white zigzag...

Rosy Boa, Lichanura trivirgata
2014-01-17 09:41:32

The Rosy boa (Lichanura trivirgata) is commonly found throughout the southwestern areas of The United States, but may be found in parts of northwestern Mexico as well. A member of the Boidae family, the Rosy boa inhabits coastal desert canyons, rocky, desert slopes, creek-beds, and hillsides with large boulders. The Rosy boa is commonly fully grown measuring just over 3 feet. The species ranges in color from a yellowish, to tan or slate grey and 3 varying types of stripes run the length of...

Southern Smooth Snake, Coronella girondica
2014-01-17 09:24:19

The Southern smooth snake or Riccioli’s snake (Coronella girondica) is a member of the Colubridae family typically found in Southern Europe and northern Africa. The species range Europe, from Portugal and Spain, the south of France, Monaco and parts of Italy. In Africa, the mountains of Morocco, parts of Algeria to Tunisia are common ranges. Habitats vary from scrubland, woodlands, grasslands, rocky areas or plantations. The species faces threats of habitat destruction and loss mostly...

Yellow Anaconda, Eunectes notaeus
2014-01-10 21:40:31

The Eunectes notaeus is a nonvenomous anaconda commonly known as the yellow anaconda. It is exclusively found in South America. The yellow anaconda is named for its ability to swim and their dorsal scales are larger and in fewer rows. Its habitat is made up of swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams and rivers. The species is also beginning to invade the Florida Everglades. Prey usually includes birds, fish, turtles, lizards, bird’s eggs, small mammals and the decaying fish flesh. The...

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