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Cops Catch 12-Foot, Cat-Strangling Snake

Python found near dead feline in Florida: police

(Newser) - A giant python's reign of terror may be over. A Port St. Lucie, Florida, police officer found the 12-foot, 120-pound creature two days ago—at the scene of one of its alleged crimes. The snake was discovered in brush not far from a dead cat, WTSP reports. Locals and... More »

Firefighter Pulls 6-Foot Python From Blaze

'I would do it for any creature,' says Mich. man

(Newser) - A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 6-foot-long python from a burning home in western Michigan last night. Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told the Muskegon Chronicle that he reluctantly agreed to enter the two-story, smoke-filled house to retrieve the snake. He says he cradled... More »

Monster Python Bagged in Florida

18-footer is just short of state record

(Newser) - A huge Burmese python shot and killed by a snake control agent in the Florida Everglades is long enough to swallow the world's two tallest people with room to spare, but the 18-footer is just shy of the state record. The 150-pound female was measured at 18 feet 2... More »

Hundreds of Dying Snakes Found in 'House of Horrors'

Rodents had turned cannibal inside Calif. hoarder's home

(Newser) - A horrific find in California as China's Year of the Snake draws to a close: Santa Ana police discovered hundreds of dead and dying snakes in the home of a teacher who moonlighted as a snake breeder, reports the Los Angeles Times . The 53-year-old man was arrested on charges... More »

Man Captures Python—Then Gets Strangled to Death

Ambar Arianto Mulyo had offered to catch Bali snake

(Newser) - A python strangled a man who had managed to briefly capture it near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali today. The incident happened around 3am as the 15-foot-long python was slithering across a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel, said Agung Bawa, a security manager at... More »

Child Python Victims Played in Snake Case: Pics

Autopsy finds boys died from asphyxiation

(Newser) - The mother of two small boys strangled by a 100-pound python in their sleep earlier this week in Canada had posted photos on Facebook last year of the boys playing in and cleaning her neighbor's snake enclosure. Mandy Trecartin's Facebook page has hundreds of photos of her sons,... More »

Buying a Python While Drunk Never a Good Idea

Brit gets 8 weeks in prison after ill-advised purchase

(Newser) - A UK man's party purchase almost killed his sleeping buddy. While Dwayne Matthews was drinking with friends, a van arrived whose driver was selling a stolen 10-foot-long python, his lawyer tells the Coventry Telegraph . "In his wisdom, and no doubt egged on by his inebriated friends," Matthews... More »

Oopsss: Fla. Python Hunt Names Wrong Winner

The real longest snake captured was returned to the Everglades

(Newser) - The wrong hunter nabbed some glory when Florida named the winners of its Python Challenge, reports the Miami Herald . A pair of hunters who bagged an 11 foot, 1 inch snake were the real winners of the longest-snake-captured category, but the winner was named as somebody who brought in one... More »

Final Tally in Fla. Python Hunt: 68

Take that, tens of thousands of dreaded, non-native reptiles

(Newser) - Florida's ambitious 2013 Python Challenge has officially wrapped, and after some 1,600 hunters combed the Everglades in the month-long state-sanctioned slaughter of the estimated tens of thousands of snakes that can reach 18 feet in length, well ... ladies and gentlemen, there were 68 casualties. "You can go... More »

Florida's Python Hunt a Flop?

1,500 hunters kill ... 50

(Newser) - More underwhelming news for Florida's "Python Challenge": Despite 1,500 would-be snake hunters joining in the month-long attempt to thin out the Burmese pythons living in the Florida Everglades, just 50 snakes have been killed or captured, reports the Telegraph . "They are very evasive," explains one... More »

400 Flock to Everglades for Mass Python Hunt

'Python challenge' attracts participants from all over US

(Newser) - Almost 400 people have signed up to help Florida take on the Burmese pythons squeezing native wildlife out of the Everglades. People from all over the US have joined the monthlong 2013 Python Challenge, which offers prizes including $1,000 for the longest python killed, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.... More »

Mom Finds Python Wrapped Around Her Baby

Tess Guthrie, 22, grabs 6-foot python by the head

(Newser) - Imagine waking up to find a 6-foot python wrapped around your baby's arm. That's what Tess Guthrie experienced yesterday when her cat's hissing roused her at 3:30am in the Australian town of Lismore, Australia's News Network reports. With the snake wrapped three times around her... More »

Florida's Challenge: $1K to Killer of Longest Python

State tries new tactic in bid to deal with invasive species

(Newser) - Florida has an interesting way of dealing with the invasive Burmese pythons colonizing the Everglades: dangle cash prizes in front of would-be hunters. Next month's 2013 Python Challenge, run by the state wildlife commission, will award $1,000 to the hunter who kills the longest snake, and $1,500... More »

Record Find in Everglades: 17-Foot Python, 87 Eggs

Well, 17 feet, 7 inches to be exact

(Newser) - It's going to take more than a brutal cold snap like the one in 2010 to wipe out the tens of thousands of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, say scientists dissecting the largest one ever found in the area. The 17-foot, 7-inch snake was carrying 87 eggs, also... More »

Pythons Squeezing Life Out of Everglades

Invading snakes blamed for drastic decline in mammal populations

(Newser) - The native mammals of the Florida Everglades have been all but wiped out by huge numbers of pythons and anacondas descended from released pets, a new study finds. After nearly a decade of night-time road surveys in the 1.5 million-acre national park, researchers found that raccoon and opossum sightings... More »

'Magic' World Cup Python Seized

Doc used snake in bid to sway games

(Newser) - South African animal welfare officials have confiscated a "magic" snake that was being used with an eye toward swaying the outcome of World Cup matches. The 9-foot rock python was found in poor condition at the home of a traditional doctor, who had been accepting payment from people seeking... More »

Motel Guest Assaults Complainer With Python

SC man busted for using 6ft snake as weapon

(Newser) - Weird crime of the week: a South Carolina man who responded to a request to turn his music down by jamming a 6-foot python into his fellow motel guest's face has been arrested for assault and battery. "I almost had a heart attack," said the victim, who had... More »

Brit Gang Uses Snake to Attack Teen

(Newser) - A gang of young British toughs armed with snakes used a python to bite a teen they pinned to a wall, reports the Guardian. The 14-year-old boy is recovering with two puncture wounds in his hand. He suffered breathing difficulties, but paramedics say that was due to panic and not... More »

Florida to Unleash Python Hunters

(Newser) - With Florida’s python population exploding, state wildlife officials are going on the offensive, hiring a team of trained hunters to track down the alarmingly large snakes and take them out, the Miami Herald reports. “There’s one way to do this: kill the snakes,” says Florida Sen.... More »

Pet Python Strangles 2-Year-Old

(Newser) - A 2-year-old Florida girl was strangled to death yesterday by a pet python owned by her mother’s boyfriend, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Charles Darnell noticed that his 8-foot-long albino Burmese python had escaped from its aquarium when he awoke yesterday morning. He found it on top of the girl... More »

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