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2009-06-17 15:57:29

A North Carolina man whose fear of snakes may rival that of Indiana Jones said he was awakened by his greatest terror: a 4-foot reptile in his bathroom. Doug Bodiak of Winston-Salem said he flipped on the light after hearing a loud thump Tuesday morning and saw a roll of toilet paper on the floor, WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, reported Wednesday. Bodiak said he investigated further and what he saw next made his heart stop: a 4-foot long snake slithering on his toilet. The Carolina Woods Apartments...

2009-06-15 08:58:37

A New York teenager said a battle of wits with a boa constrictor that wandered into his family's home ended with police nabbing the snake in a pillowcase. Kareem Lewis, 18, said he woke up at about 10 a.m. Sunday, while his mother was in church, and came face to face with the mean looking -- but non-venomous -- snake, the New York Post reported Monday. The snake was just staring at me, Lewis said. I started to panic when he started to slither at me. Lewis said he dialed 911 and stared the...

2009-06-13 00:25:43

A janitor at a department store in downtown Melbourne survived a bite by a deadly snake lurking in a dumpster, medical workers say. Paul Bentley, a spokesman for Ambulance-Victoria, said the 29-year-old told emergency workers he was throwing out trash in an alley behind the Myer store when he felt a bite on his finger, The Age reported. He pulled his hand out and saw an 8-inch snake with its fangs in his finger. Workers at St. Vincent's Hospital said they found venom from a brown snake on the...

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2009-06-10 06:05:00

Researchers have gained insight on how snakes slither with a simple physics experiment. The research, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, dispels previous theories that snakes push off nearby obstacles while slithering. Instead, snakes exploit the fact that their scales have different grip in different directions, and increase speed by lifting curved parts of their bodies. The researchers from New York University and the Georgia Institute of Technology...

2009-06-03 14:25:47

New York police said they are trying to determine the origins of a yellow rat snake discovered by a 7-year-old in his family's home. Maria Dominguez said the 4-foot snake was first spotted by her son, Hugo Rodriguez, while it was coiled under the family's living room table, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The boy's screams roused the rest of the family and Dominguez called police. She said the reptile had slithered into the kitchen after being stuck for a short time on a glue trap for...

2009-05-23 13:52:51

A Malaysian insect, at 22 inches the longest insect in the world, is among the top 10 species found in 2008, Arizona State University says. The college's International Institute for Species Exploration said the large insect was picked by an international committee of scientists to make the annual list, along with the world's smallest snake, The Arizona Republic said Saturday. The snake, found in Barbados, is only the size of a quarter, but it is not the smallest species to make the...

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2009-05-20 10:15:00

Pittsburgh police said a 17-year-old faces theft and animal cruelty charges for allegedly using a snake from his school's biology room as a jump rope. Authorities said the student stole the snake Monday from Allderdice High School and was later seen using the reptile as a jump rope, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Wednesday. The teenager will be charged in juvenile court, police said. The snake survived the experience and is being examined by a veterinarian.

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2009-05-19 13:44:50

Australian researchers have discovered what makes the Komodo dragon's bite so deadly for its prey. Scientists previously considered that the world's largest lizard's mouth held deadly bacteria that stopped its victims' blood from clotting. Walter Auffenberg put that theory forward in 1981. But lead researcher Bryan Fry used magnetic resonance imagery to show that the deadly lizard packs a venomous bite, as seen through its venom gland with ducts that lead to their teeth. Fry used 3-D computer...

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2009-05-07 17:35:00

A New York state man said he discovered a severed snake head among the vegetables on his plate at a T.G.I. Friday's restaurant. Jack Pendleton said he was dining with his girlfriend at the Clifton Park restaurant when he noticed a gray object on his plate under a piece of broccoli, the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union reported Thursday. I could see these black, rotted eye sockets on the top, he said. Pendleton said the snake head still had part of a tendon and the spinal chord attached. Amy...

2009-04-29 01:38:59

A British letter carrier got an unpleasant surprise when a venomous snake lurking in a post box bit him on the hand. Alan Wakley told the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News he is sure the snake, small and olive-green in color, was an adder. But he said his hand did not become swollen so the snake may not have actually injected him with venom, although he could see the mark of its fangs. The collection box in Brean Cove in Somerset, set into a wall, has now been sealed off with a sign: Out...


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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