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2008-11-26 09:45:21

A Rock Hill, S.C., couple said they were shocked when they pried open their non-working clothes dryer to find a 4-foot snake gumming up the works. Denise and Barry Cubbedge said they were working on the dryer Sunday, one day after it had stopped working, while their young sons, ages 4 and 1, played nearby, The (Rock Hill) Herald reported Wednesday. Barry Cubbedge said he removed the back of the dryer and immediately shouted in surprise and replaced the back when he came face to face with a...

2008-11-24 16:54:33

A mechanic investigating a noise in a car engine in Australia's Northern Territory said he found a carpet python wrapped around the air conditioning fan. Kit Carson, 59, said he was searching for the origin of the strange noises coming from a woman's car at Cheaper Car Air-Conditioning when he spotted the snake, which the mechanic said may have been wrapped around the car's air conditioning fan for an entire week, the Northern Territory News reported Monday. Him and I both got a jump, Carson...

2008-09-22 09:00:30

Chloee Bird shows delight instead of fright as Big Thunder, a bearded dragon, climbs on top of her head Sunday at the Reptile Expo at the Utah State Fairpark. Hundreds of people turned out to look at spiders, snakes, lizards and insects. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

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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...

2008-08-11 21:00:25

Brown tree snakes have caused the extinction of native bird species in Guam and are changing the entire ecosystem of the island, biologists said. University of Washington researchers said birds are important for pollination and controlling insects that feed on plants. "The brown tree snake has often been used as a textbook example for the negative impacts of invasive species, but after the loss of birds no one has looked at the snake's indirect effects," Haldre Rogers, a UW doctoral...

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2008-08-09 14:51:46

Residents of the wealthy Caribbean nation of Barbados are up in arms over the recent discovery of a small snake.  Caribbean airwaves, and blogs have been filled with comments of anger against the U.S. scientists who announced his "discovery" this week, and named the snake "Leptotyphlops carlae," after his wife Carla. "If he needs to blow his own trumpet ... well, fine," said Charles Atkins, a 43-year-old Barbadian. "But my mother"¦showed me the snake when I was a child." A writer...

2008-08-07 09:00:29

By Krista Ledbetter The Mequon Nature Preserve supports a city bike trail project that could harm the one thing the organization is designed to protect. The bike trail will connect the Oak Leaf Trail to the south and the Interurban Trail to the north of the preserve. But a small portion of the estimated $400,000, 8,500-foot gravel path proposed for the preserve runs straight through a potential habitat for the Butler's garter snake, a threatened species in Wisconsin. "We'll do what we...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

The smallest snake known to man has been discovered on the Caribbean island of Barbados, a U.S. expert says. Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University, came across the tiny species in a forest in the east of Barbados. The snake has a width similar to a piece of spaghetti and can fit on a U.S. quarter. Hedges said it is possible the snake is hard to find because much of its habitat has been developed into farms and buildings. Habitat destruction is a...

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2008-08-03 10:20:00

The world's smallest species of snake, with adults averaging just under four inches in length, has been identified on the Caribbean island of Barbados. The species -- which is as thin as a spaghetti noodle and small enough to rest comfortably on a U.S. quarter --was discovered by Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State. Hedges and his colleagues also are the discoverers of the world's smallest frog and lizard species, which too were found on Caribbean islands. The most recent...

2008-08-02 18:00:21

By Mark Cowan AIR ambulance medics made a mercy dash to London and back to get an antidote for a patient bitten by a snake. The woman, from Stafford, was taken to hospital after being bitten by an adder while out walking near the Millford Common area of Cannock Chase on Monday. Despite a national shortage of antidote for the snake's venom, the medical team tracked down the medicine at the toxicology unit at Guy's Hospital, in London. The County Air Ambulance set off from their...


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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