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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...

2008-07-11 00:00:20

By AFSANA AHMED Hollywood filmmaker Jennifer Lynch, daughter of Oscar nominee and Cannes Film Festival winner David Lynch, is in Mumbai to shoot a film with Mallika Sherawat and Irrfan Khan. The film, Naagin - The Snake Woman, is a Bollywood project about the ancient legend of the snake woman. It will be shot in Chennai and the backwaters of Kerala with an Indian cast and American villain. Which makes Jennifer the first Hollywood director to actually shoot a Hindi language film. "Don't...

2008-07-10 15:00:30

By Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 10--Jim Dix knows what it's like to have a rattlesnake problem on your hands. His family once fled their home in California when he was a kid because a pet rattler got loose in the house. "My parents had to go to a hotel for a week until I found it," says Dix, grinning at the memory. These days, the west-side resident fields calls from people throughout the Salt Lake Valley with rattlesnake problems of their own. He operates Reptile Rescue, an...

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...

2008-04-16 14:49:50

Komodo dragons may have a wimpy bite for their size, but somehow the giant lizards manage to take down prey as large as water buffalos. A new study reveals that a few dozen razor-sharp teeth combined with beefy neck muscles make up for the reptile's dainty chomp. "The Komodo has a featherweight, space-frame skull and bites like a wimp, but a combination of very clever engineering and wickedly sharp teeth allow it to do serious damage," said Stephen Wroe, a biologist at the...

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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...

2007-12-27 09:10:55

Rattlesnakes often chow down on unwary squirrels, but new research shows the rodents fight back by eating, rubbing and even bathing themselves with pieces of discarded snake skin. The reptilian musk helps California ground and rock squirrels mask their natural scent and thereby avoid detection from their slithering nemeses. "It's a nice example of the opportunism of animals," said psychologist Donald Owings at the University of California Davis. "They're turning the tables on...

2007-12-10 06:00:00

The world's largest spitting cobra has been discovered in Kenya, according to a conservation group, WildlifeDirect. The newly described snake species, which measures up to 15 feet long, was named Naja Ashei after James Ashe, founder of a snake farm on Kenya's coast where the cobra is found. "A new species of giant spitting cobra is exciting and reinforces the obvious -- that there have to be many other unreported species but hundreds are being lost as their habitats disappear under the...

2007-10-22 06:00:00

In October 2008, the U.S. plans to stop production of its only coral snake antivenin. But Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Natural Toxins Research Center might have found a replacement, according to a news release from the center. The potential replacement is a Mexican-based product called Coralmyn, which, according to the news release, is even better than the existing product. Coralmyn is effective at neutralizing the effects of both the Eastern coral snake and the Texas coral snake,...

2007-10-19 11:24:04

BOSTON -- Man-made rain and flooding, along with some extra food, were enough to convince the trio of anacondas at the New England Aquarium to breed in captivity for the first time. One of the aquarium's two female anacondas is confirmed pregnant by the lone male. An ultrasound test Thursday afternoon failed to conclusively show whether the second female also is carrying a brood, but it's probably too early to rule it out, said spokesman Tony LaCasse. Further tests are planned. The powerful...


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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