tagged w/ Snakes
In a deadly game of heads or tails venomous sea snakes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans deceive their predators into believing they have two heads, claims research published August 5 in Marine Ecology.
The discovery, made by Dr Arne Redsted Rasmussen and Dr Johan Elmberg, showed that Yellow-lipped Sea Kraits (Laticauda colubrina) use skin markings and behaviour patterns to fool predators into thinking their tail is a second head, complete with lethal venom.In a deadly game of heads or tails venomous sea snakes in the Pacific and Indian... more
The death of a Florida toddler in the coils of an 8ft (2.5 metre) Burmese python has sparked an official crackdown to eradicate a menacing population of slithering predators in the sun-drenched holiday state.
A small band of newly licensed trappers hit the trail this week of pythons living in the swampy wetlands of southern Florida. Experts believe that as many as 100,000 of the reptiles are loose in the region, in an unfortunate outcome of a fad for keeping exotic pets.
Earlier this month, a two-year-old girl, Shaiunna Hare, was strangled to death in her bedroom near Orlando by a python belonging to her mother's boyfriend. The snake had escaped its glass cage during the night and wrapped itself around the child's crib.
The tragedy galvanised Florida's politicians into action over mounting alarm about the danger posed by pythons, which grow as long as 8 metres, weigh up to 89kg (14 stone) and can eat animals as big as deer.
"It's just a matter of time before one of these snakes gets to a visitor in the Florida Everglades," said Bill Nelson, a Democratic senator from the state.
- This is a sad story but one case shouldn't prompt a genocide against snacks.The death of a Florida toddler in the coils of an 8ft (2.5 metre) Burmese python has... more
Zadar snake expert Mladen Panic is claiming foreigners are interested in Croatia for its snakes as well as for its standard tourist attractions.Zadar snake expert Mladen Panic is claiming foreigners are interested in Croatia for... more
Power hoses and AK-47 assault rifles have succeeded where Sierra Leone's snake-charmers failed by removing 400 cobras and vipers that overran a police station.
Authorities in the southern district of Bo called in police, army and fire fighters after the snakes scared away police officers and residents reporting crimes.
"We have forced water into the building and some of the snakes trying to escape were shot by our men carrying AK-47s," said Brima Kontu, head of the police station in Gerihun.
About 250 of the estimated 400 snakes who had made the station their home have been killed.
"Hopefully the combined force will be able to free the house from the snakes by next Tuesday," Kontu told Reuters.
Sierra Leone is slowly recovering from the effects of the 1991-2002 civil war and villagers frequently have run-ins with wild animals in areas of the country that were deserted during the years of fighting.Power hoses and AK-47 assault rifles have succeeded where Sierra Leone's... more
All children in the 600-strong nomadic Vadi tribe in western India will have first been introduced to cobras at the age of two. The Vadi children complete a ten-year initiation ritual that culminates in the boys becoming fully-fledged performing snake charmers.
Divided between the sexes, the act of snake charming with traditional flute is the role of the men, while the Vadi women care for the snakes and handle them when their husbands or brothers are not around.
'The training begins at two, the children then are then taught the ancient ways of snake charming until they are ready to take up their roles in our community,' said chief snake charmer Babanath Mithunath Madari, 60.
The nomadic Vadi tribe, which lives in the south of the Indian state of Gujarat take great pride in their association with the areas deadly snakes.
Since snake charming was made illegal in 1991, the Vadi have come under huge pressure from the state and national governments of India. 'The police routinely search us strip us of our snakes whenever we cross their paths,' Madari said.
The cobras are fed a herbal mixture which Madari says renders the snake's deadly poison useless. 'We do not cut the fangs off the snakes as that would be cruel,' the tribal chief said.
'We do not harm the them because they are like children to us. In all my years with snakes, from my childhood to now, I have only heard of one man to have been bitten.'All children in the 600-strong nomadic Vadi tribe in western India will have first... more
An estimated 400 snakes have descended upon a police station in Sierra Leone - leaving locals *rattled*.
The snakes, mostly cobras and vipers, have infested Gerihun's cop shop in Sierra Leone's southern Boa district... sorry, *Bo* district!
Some of the toughest officers are afraid to go to work and residents also complain that they're too afraid of the snakes to go there to report crimes.
Looks like a job for Samuel L Jackson, he'd know what to do with these mother-f**king snakes...
(Anyone with Photoshop skills? I'd have loved to have altered the picture - but I'm not up to it)An estimated 400 snakes have descended upon a police station in Sierra Leone - leaving... more
A diner at TGI Friday's got a little something extra with his broccoli — a severed snake head.
Jack Pendleton says he was at the restaurant in upstate New York on Sunday when he spotted something gray mixed in with his vegetables. He realized it was a snake head the size of his thumb, with part of the spine still attached.
Pendleton says he snapped a photo with his mobile phone camera and called the waiter over. He says he has no plans to sue - though I'm sure he was rattled.A diner at TGI Friday's got a little something extra with his broccoli — a... more
X-men Origins: Wolverine star, Dominic Monaghan, has quite the menagerie at home. You probably wouldn't want to pet his pets though ... unless you want to die.X-men Origins: Wolverine star, Dominic Monaghan, has quite the menagerie at home. You... more
Baby pythons escape during flight in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia – Four baby pythons escaped from a container aboard a passenger plane in Australia, leading to a search that forced the cancellation of two flights, the airline said Thursday.
Twelve non-venemous Stimson pythons were being transported Tuesday on a flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne in the plane's cargo area in a bag inside a plastic foam box with air holes.
When the flight landed, it was discovered that four snakes had escaped from the package, a Qantas spokeswoman said in a statement.
A reptile expert searched for the 6-inch (15-centimeter) -long snakes but did not find them. It was not known if the snakes were still on the plane or if they had somehow escaped outside after the plane landed.
In the meantime, the plane missed two flights it had been scheduled to fly and the passengers were transferred to other flights.
When the snakes were not found, the airplane was fumigated and it returned to service on Wednesday.
Stimson's pythons, which can grow up to three feet (one meter) long, live in western and central Australia and are not an endangered species.Baby pythons escape during flight in Australia MELBOURNE, Australia – Four... more
Ben Nyaumbe was working on the farm he manages at the weekend when the snake, apparently hunting for livestock, struck in the Malindi area of Kenya's Indian Ocean coast.
"I stepped on a spongy thing on the ground and suddenly my leg was entangled with the body of a huge python," he told the Daily Nation newspaper.Ben Nyaumbe was working on the farm he manages at the weekend when the snake,... more
While other endangered species in Australia have been hit hard by the recent fires, a new study reveals that the broad-headed snake may actually benefit from them — and could actually need more of them to survive.
“Broad-headed snakes are only found living in small pockets within 200 km of Sydney, and those small communities are fast becoming extinct or increasingly more rare,” said Professor Rick Shine of the University of Sydney, who co-wrote the study.While other endangered species in Australia have been hit hard by the recent fires, a... more
Tuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
A new film at the end of the show for video viewers.
Not liking gym.
What did Elvis say ?
Worth them money ? Probably not.
I await a delivery.
Elves.Are they good people ?
Weight up !
Voting for You Tube video's.
A long drive.
Such a baby face.
Snakes from the plug hole.
We can all be naughty.
A tight shirt.
Sleeping for only 2 hours.
Flush the chain first.
When do I plant tomato seeds ?
It will spin round.
A box of magic tricks.
There could be things of great importance.
Barbados - don't rush anywhere.
Austin's email is double printed !
Staying up all night to be creative.
So young looking.
An awful lot of money.
Itchy watery eyes.
The new Full HD televisions.
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKTuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on... more
A zoo keeper in Kendal, Indonesia believes he holds the largest snake in recorded history: A python the length of a four story building. Check out http://animal.discovery.com/videos/weird-true-freaky/ for more video.A zoo keeper in Kendal, Indonesia believes he holds the largest snake in recorded... more
See the european snakes, adders, that manage to survive in the Arctic. Amazing footage including information on mating rituals and fighting tactics from BBC wildlife show Deadly Vipers.See the european snakes, adders, that manage to survive in the Arctic. Amazing footage... more
A man has been charged with attempting to smuggle 44 native lizards and snakes on a flight out of Australia, including a rare albino python.
The haul of reptiles allegedly found in the 24-year-old's luggage at Sydney airport on Friday included 24 shingleback lizards, 16 bluetongue lizards and four snakes.
WOWA man has been charged with attempting to smuggle 44 native lizards and snakes on a... more