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Family Shocked When 4-Foot Snake Appears in Toilet

It happened in Seattle

(Newser) - A family made an unusual discovery inside the bathroom of their north Seattle apartment on Friday—a snake was hiding in their toilet. The AP reports the family called police after a child found the 4-foot snake inside the apartment in the Lake City neighborhood. Officers helped remove the snake,... More »

Copperhead Latches Onto Woman's Foot in Restaurant

'I felt what turned out to be a snake wiggling in my fingers'

(Newser) - Rachel Myrick experienced possibly one of the last things you'd expect upon entering a LongHorn Steakhouse: She was bit by a copperhead snake. In fact, the venomous 8-inch snake was still attached to her foot (she was wearing sandals) after she first felt a sharp pain; she had to... More »

Kitten Pulled From Fire Will Melt Your Heart

Velcro was given oxygen to aid recovery

(Newser) - "There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable," says a fire official after a kitten and snake were rescued from a cooking fire at an apartment in Washington state on Monday. Firefighters initially pulled two dogs from the fire, one of... More »

How the Tiger Snake's Venom Beat Evolution

Australian tiger snake venom hasn't changed in 10M years

(Newser) - With its exceedingly deadly venom unchanged over the past 10 million years, the Australian tiger snake has essentially defeated evolution. Researcher Bryan Fry says in a press release it's "really unusual" for venom to remain unchanged over such a long period of time. Typically, predators and prey evolve... More »

Woman 'Almost Crashed Car' When Snake Came Out of Vent

Monica Dorsett swerved across two lanes when she saw the creature

(Newser) - Something more than air came slithering out of a car vent in Florida, the AP reports. Monica Dorsett says she "almost crashed her car" when a red rat snake crawled out the air conditioner vent as she drove down a highway in Venice. Dorsett tells Fox 13 she was... More »

Cobra Escapes, Is on the Loose in Florida

Pet snake escaped from its room

(Newser) - If you're in the area around Ocala, Fla., watch out: A pet cobra escaped from its home Monday night and a search has been launched. Per First Coast News , police and the state Fish and Wildlife Commission are urging residents to "use caution" until the 2-foot-long snake is... More »

Man Gets Bit by Snake. Man Recovers. Man Gets Bit Again

Sigh

(Newser) - Australian kids today probably don't hear much late-'80s glam rock anymore, which may explain why Great White's "once bitten, twice shy" mantra didn't come into play in this story out of Queensland. Per the Brisbane Times and the AP , an 18-year-old contractor was clearing away... More »

Man on Trial After Escaped Python Killed 2 Boys as They Slept

African rock python escaped, asphyxiated 2 young boys at sleepover

(Newser) - A Canadian man is facing trial three years after an exotic python escaped from its enclosure and killed two young boys sleeping in his apartment. Jean-Claude Savoie, 39, faces one charge of criminal negligence causing death, the CBC reports. The charge stems from the 2013 deaths of Connor Barthe, 6,... More »

Cops: Man Lets Huge Python Loose in Sushi Restaurant

Apparently, he was upset fellow diners weren't impressed by a smaller snake

(Newser) - A 46-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly unleashed a 13-foot python on a sushi restaurant filled with diners, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , the man finished and paid for a $200 meal at the restaurant then took out a small snake to... More »

Woman Says She Found Snake Head in Canned Green Beans

'As I got closer to lift it off the spoon, I saw eyes'

(Newser) - An Oregon food distribution company has halted some shipments of canned green beans after a Utah woman says she found a snake head in a can, the AP reports. Troy Walker says she made the unsettling discovery while she and fellow church members were preparing meals Wednesday night for neighbors.... More »

Family: Snake Bit Boy at Disney Park, Grandma Died

Disney says incident is being 'mischaracterized'

(Newser) - An Alabama family says an escaped snake at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando dropped from a tree and bit a boy, which led to the death of the boy's grandmother. The family's attorney, Matt Morgan, said Thursday that the family plans to sue Disney World, the AP... More »

Texas Teen Committed Suicide by Cobra

Grant Thompson allowed monocled cobra to bite him: autopsy

(Newser) - Authorities say a young pet-store staffer in Texas committed suicide with help from a cobra. Grant Thompson, 18, was found in cardiac arrest inside his car in a North Austin parking lot on July 14. An autopsy report, obtained by the Austin American-Statesman , shows Thompson suffered "multiple separate bites"... More »

Missing King Cobra Found Under Neighbor's Dryer

10-foot snake is back with his owners

(Newser) - Elvis is back in the building. Elvis, in this case, being the missing king cobra snake that was returned to its owner's home near Orlando after being on the loose for more than a month. A woman who lives about a half-mile from owner (and Discovery Channel reality star... More »

How the Turtle Got Its Shell

The 240M-year-old 'grandfather' turtle had no shell and a very long tail

(Newser) - For at least a century, scientists have puzzled over the turtle. Thanks to a gap in the fossil record between 260 million and 220 million years ago, it's unclear how the turtle got its shell and to whom it's most closely related. Now a fossil from 240 million... More »

Shopper Opens Lowe's Cabinet, Is Bitten by Snake

Fortunately, it wasn't a venomous species

(Newser) - A shopper opening a cabinet at a Lowe's store got an unpleasant surprise: a bite on the head by a snake, WTVA reports. The snake jumped out of the cabinet at the store in Corinth, Miss., the local police chief says. The customer's condition isn't clear, but... More »

Man Says He'll Be Eaten Alive by Anaconda

Paul Rosolie claims he'll journey into the belly of the beast for Discovery Channel

(Newser) - Naturalist Paul Rosolie believes "you have to go head first." What he's referring to is shoving his head into the mouth of an anaconda, letting it swallow him, and filming the experience for a Discovery Channel special called Eaten Alive, News.com.au reports. According to the... More »

Giant Snake Has Virgin Birth

Reticulated python had 6 babies, with no male in sight

(Newser) - Sorry, gents, you might be getting phased out of the reproduction loop—at least when it comes to the world's longest snakes. Thelma, a 200-pound, 20-foot-long reticulated python who lives at Kentucky's Louisville Zoo with her female roommate Louise, gave birth in 2012 to six female babies. This... More »

Cobra's Severed Head Bites, Kills Chef

Snake kept functioning after decapitation

(Newser) - A chef killed a snake—but the snake had enough time to kill him back. Chef Peng Fan, of Guangdong Province in China, cut off the head of a spitting cobra as he prepared to dice its body for a soup, the Daily Mail reports. But 20 minutes later, as... More »

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 »

'Home Intruder' in 911 Call Turns Out to Be ... a Snake

It's removed, released; no injuries reported

(Newser) - Authorities say officers in New Mexico rushed to a home invasion call and found an unusual intruder—a large snake. Albuquerque police say officers recently removed the slithering reptile after a woman called 911. Officials believe the snake slithered its way into the woman's home, possibly through an open... More »

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