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How Boa Constrictors Really Kill Their Prey

They cut off a prey's blood flow, which kills in minutes

(Newser) - Most people think constrictors like boas and anacondas squeeze the air out of their prey with their muscular coils. And most people are wrong, according to a new study that offers an entirely different theory. Dickinson College researcher Scott Boback explains that colleague Dave Hardy first noticed two decades ago... More »

Woman Goes to Plunge Toilet, Gets Angry Boa Constrictor

Giving her the fright of her life

(Newser) - Stephanie Lacsa was in the bathroom at her San Diego office Tuesday when she noticed the toilet water was a bit higher than usual. She grabbed a plunger, only to discover what she says is "every person's worst nightmare": a 5-foot boa constrictor sliding out of the toilet,... More »

Boa Constrictors Found Beside Playground

East London parents 'terrified' at sight of snakes

(Newser) - Talk about unwelcome visitors: Two 8-foot boa constrictors were spotted in an east London park last week and drew a small crowd when police came to remove them, the BBC reports. The snakes, which can grow to 18 feet, were spotted by "terrified parents" beside the park's playground... More »

There's a 20-Foot Snake in a New Jersey Lake

Boa constrictor spotted a dozen times

(Newser) - Move over, Nessie: There's a deadly monster in New Jersey's biggest lake, and there's no sign that this one's a hoax. A boa constrictor between 15 and 20 feet long has been spotted about a dozen times in Lake Hopatcong, CBS New York reports. One couple... More »

Snake Nips Model's Breast, Dies of Silicone

Youch

(Newser) - Fangs a lot. An amorous boa constrictor nipped Israeli model Orit Fox's breast during a salacious tete-a-tete and ended up dead—from silicone poisoning. Fox's teasing tongue play with her slithering pal on Spanish TV turned to horrified screams as the snake sunk his fangs into her left boob, reports... More »

Snake's 'Virgin Birth' Results in Odd Offspring

Mom has 22 little ones, without help from a dad

(Newser) - A female boa constrictor has produced not just one baby born by immaculate conception, but rather two litters totaling 22 little miracles. Stranger still, the baby snakes have some very unusual traits. Instead of having the X and Y chromosomes like humans, snakes have Z and W chromosomes—ZZ produces... More »

Man Finds 4-Foot Snake Under Hood of Car

He has no idea how it got there

(Newser) - How's this for car troubles: A Massachusetts man found a four-foot-long boa constrictor curled around the engine of his car. Neighbors reported seeing the snake under a car yesterday afternoon, My Fox Boston explains. When police investigated, they found the snake clutching the engine for warmth; it took 30 minutes... More »

Pet Boa Constrictor Kills Owner

Cops pry animal from owner's neck

(Newser) - A suburban Omaha man was strangled by his pet boa constrictor in his home as he was showing off the snake to a friend. Cory Byrne, 34, died in a local hospital just hours after cops and paramedics pried the 9-foot snake from his neck. The snake is being held... More »

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