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Man's Unusual Death in Australia: by Sea Snake

The 23-year-old Brit was working on a fishing trawler

(Newser) - A freak accident that claimed the life of a British man in Australia may be the first of its kind on record. The 23-year-old working on a fishing trawler off the Northern Territory was lifting a net onto the boat when he was bitten by a sea snake on Thursday.... More »

Wisconsin Car Owner Looks Under Hood, Finds This

It's a 4-foot-long ball python

(Newser) - A Wisconsin motorist was having car trouble when he pulled over to find a slithering surprise, per the AP . Chris Nguyen opened the hood of his mother's SUV and discovered a 4-foot-long ball python, a breed native to Africa. Police in Omro responded, but ended up calling Menasha snake... More »

Car Owner Checks Fluids, Finds High Levels of Snake

And police sound a little too cheeky about having to retrieve the boa constrictor

(Newser) - There are days when all the stoplights turn green, and then there are the days where you go to jumpstart your car and hear an ominous rattle : An unidentified resident of Stoughton, Mass., was having the latter sort of day when they went to check their fluids and found a... More »

Snakes Put DC Library Out of Circulation

They were 4 days early for the reptile show

(Newser) - A DC Public Library branch was briefly closed upon the discovery of some uninvited guests: snakes. The Washington Post reports the Georgetown Library closed Saturday after staff noticed snakes near a meeting room. Another snake was found earlier that day and released outside. The library called pest control and closed... More »

Massive Snake Falls From Ceiling Onto Sleeping Man

The central New York man got a rude awakening

(Newser) - A central New York man got a rude awakening when a large snake fell from his bedroom ceiling and landed on him while he slept, per the AP . The state Department of Environmental Conservation says one of its officers responded to a call on June 29 from a man who... More »

Guy Goes to Jump-Start Car, Greeted With Ominous Rattle

Nope. Nope. Nope.

(Newser) - An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine—the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake, reports WBNG . The man says the snake slithered across the engine block and curled up on the battery as he opened the hood... More »

He Shot a Rattlesnake's Head Off. An Hour Later, a Surprise

Billy Forbus says dead snake went after him

(Newser) - A rattlesnake had its head shot off only to go after its executioner an hour later, as seen in a wild video making the rounds on social media. Billy Forbus of Montgomery, Ala., tells WSFA he shot the snake, separating its head from the body, after finding it in his... More »

Forest Ranger Foolishly Decides to Pose With Python

India ranger Sanjoy Dutta nearly got strangled

(Newser) - India has racked up the most "deaths by selfie," researchers say, and one forest ranger almost joined that statistic. Gulf News and the Tribune report on a recent close call in the West Bengal city of Jalpaiguri, where ranger Sanjoy Dutta showed off to a crowd the 18-foot... More »

He Trained Firemen to Catch Snakes. A Snake Killed Him

Malaysian 'Snake Whisperer' Abu Zarin Hussin dies just days after trying to catch a cobra

(Newser) - Just a few days after being bitten by a cobra, Malaysia's famous "Snake Whisperer" has died. The Star and Free Malaysia Today report that 33-year-old firefighter Abu Zarin Hussin was attacked by the snake earlier this week in Betong while trying to catch it, and he was rushed... More »

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 »

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 »

Boa Constrictor Wraps Around Ohio Woman, Bites Her Nose

Unnamed woman was rescued by firefighters

(Newser) - Firefighters have rescued an Ohio woman after a boa constrictor wrapped around her neck and began biting her face, reports the AP . The unnamed 45-year-old Sheffield Lake woman called 911 Thursday afternoon asking for help, reports the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram . The boa constrictor was one of two snakes she had rescued... More »

Deadly Fungus Is Killing Rattlesnakes

Mysterious fungus is sweeping other snake species, too

(Newser) - Fungal diseases have hit species including frogs and bats, and now one is taking a toll on North American snake populations, National Geographic reports. Some 30 snake species in 15 US states and Canada have been hit hard by snake fungal disease, though rattlesnakes appear to be at particularly high... More »

These Snakes Don't Capture Prey Like You Might Expect

Cuban boas apparently coordinate the hunt

(Newser) - Time to nix that belief you've been clinging to that snakes are "mostly solitary and stupid," Vladimir Dinets tells Gizmodo . The University of Tennessee researcher has found one particular Caribbean species that apparently hunts together. Dinets' study in the Animal Behavior and Cognition journal details his research... More »

SD Man Busted for Not Having Snake on a Leash

'He was literally asking me to put a rope around my snake. I was like, 'Dude, no.''

(Newser) - "It was April Fool’s Day, so I thought he was playing a joke," says Jerry Kimball. Alas, no joke: Kimball was fined $190 for allowing his pet snake to slither freely in a South Dakota park, what an animal control officer called "animals running at large.... More »

Knoxville Zoo Suffers a 'Catastrophic' Animal Loss

Zoo can't explain why 33 reptiles were found dead

(Newser) - Thirty-three reptiles were found dead last week at a Tennessee zoo, and officials there say they have no clues yet about how it happened. Zoo Knoxville told local news outlets that nearly all of the dead animals were snakes. They were all found dead in the reptile area. Surviving animals... 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 »

India Tribesmen Tackle Florida's Python Problem

They found 13 in first 8 days at it

(Newser) - After years of inviting the American public to try to help with its invasive python problem, Florida has brought in some experts from the snake's original territory. Two Irula tribesmen from India are working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to catch Burmese pythons in areas including the... More »

Beautiful 'Freak' Snake May Ease Your Pain One Day

If scientists can harness the power of the long-glanded blue coral snake's venom

(Newser) - Ibuprofen for your splitting headache, or venom from the "killer of killers"? Scientists say that poison from one of the rarest, most "beautiful" snakes in the world—a creature that devours king cobras for breakfast and boasts "freaky" long venom glands that run a quarter of... More »

Odd New Tool in Study of Wildfires: Rattlesnakes

Researcher will track snakes near Washington burn site

(Newser) - Animals flee fire—but what happens when the flames are extinguished? That's exactly what Joey Chase of Central Washington University is trying to find out. Over the next year, he plans to track two male Northern Pacific rattlesnakes, each about 10 years old, found near the site of a... More »

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