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Dad's Attempt to Move Snake at Day Care Turns Tragic

Australia's Jerromy Brookes dies after being bitten by suspected eastern brown snake in Townsville

(Newser) - Its name may sound boring enough, but the eastern brown snake is one of the world's deadliest. That's why when Australia's Jerromy Brookes found out there may have been one nestled in a Queensland child-care center this week, he rushed in to retrieve it—a move that...

Feds Find Goose Intestines Under Dead Rattlesnakes

Feds bust 6 for illegally importing gross stuff hidden under other gross stuff

(Newser) - Six people were arrested in New York on Tuesday on charges of illegally importing goose and duck intestines from China, in some cases by hiding them under packaged rattlesnakes or mislabeling them as pet grooming products on customs forms, federal officials announced. The scheme, which the AP reports also included...

As Far as Discoveries Go, It's Quite Literally Huge
The Rumors About
the Snake Were True
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The Rumors About the Snake Were True

A new species of giant anaconda is identified

(Newser) - Bryan Fry calls the discovery "the highlight of my career"—and it's quite literally a big one. The University of Queensland professor and his team managed to document a new species of giant anaconda in the Amazon, per a press release . As Fry explains, his team got...

Key to Saving Lives From Snakebites Could Be a Pill

Matthew Lewin hopes varespladib, currently in clinical trials via Ophirex, will help buy victims time

(Newser) - According to World Health Organization stats, nearly 140,000 people die annually around the globe from venomous snakebites, with most of them succumbing to the snake's venom before they can get emergency assistance. A California doctor hopes his idea will stymie the Grim Reaper in many of those cases,...

Dutch Town Warned to Steer Clear of Green Mamba

Escaped snake hopefully remains in owner's home

(Newser) - Residents of the Dutch city of Tilburg are being told to keep their eyes peeled for a long green snake—and stay far, far away should they see it. The AFP reports police were called on Monday night by a homeowner who said a highly venomous green mamba had escaped...

Amazon Driver Dropped the Box. The Snake Struck

She was bitten on the back of her leg while delivering a package

(Newser) - An Amazon driver encountered something worse than a porch pirate on Monday. As Monet Robinson was delivering a package to a home in Palm City, Florida, she was bitten in the back of her leg, just above the knee, by an eastern diamondback rattlesnake that had been coiled by the...

Guy Who Surfs With Pet Python Hit With a Fine

Wildlife authorities aren't pleased with Australia's Higor Fiuza and his snake, Shiva

(Newser) - Higor Fiuza is a familiar face in the beach community along Australia's Gold Coast, and he's often got Shiva in tow. Shiva isn't the name of his surfboard, or a canine companion—that's his pet Morelia bredli python, who accompanies Fiuza in the water as he...

Man Killed Trying to Get Snake Off His Friend

Snake ended up biting him, and he could not be saved

(Newser) - An Australian man trying to help a friend who was being attacked by a snake ended up dead when the snake bit him. Authorities say the two men were at Koumala State School in Queensland, for an event celebrating the school's 100th anniversary Saturday night, when the snake coiled...

This Is Not What You Want to Find in Your Toilet

Tucson woman discovers a snake in her bathroom after 4 days away

(Newser) - Like a scene out of a horror movie, Michelle Lespron returned to her home in Tucson, Arizona, to find a snake had set up camp in her toilet. "I'd been gone for four days and was looking forward to using my own restroom in peace. I lifted up...

Florida Has a Fresh New Invasive Species Hell
Florida Has a Fresh New
Invasive-Species Hell
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Florida Has a Fresh New Invasive-Species Hell

Green anacondas may be breeding, worrying locals and conservationists

(Newser) - A Burmese python incursion has become a headache for Florida over the past two decades, but that's not the only pesky reptile the Sunshine State is now contending with. The green anaconda, the world's heaviest snake, has also been setting down roots, with NBC2 reporting that the invasive...

Snakes on a Plane Became Real Life on This Flight
Pilot Who Felt 'Cool Sensation'
on Back Made Terrifying Find
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Pilot Who Felt 'Cool Sensation' on Back Made Terrifying Find

Highly venomous cape cobra had slithered its way onto the plane

(Newser) - A cobra encounter is nerve-wracking no matter where it takes place, but we imagine it's worse when trapped in a small plane 11,000 feet high in the sky. That was the plight earlier this week of a South African pilot and his passengers when he was confronted by...

Feel Like Watching a Gator Body-Slam a Python? Voila!
In Gator vs. Python,
Guess Who Wins?
VIDEO

In Gator vs. Python, Guess Who Wins?

Woman records body-slamming encounter in Florida Everglades, in which reptile claims victory

(Newser) - It's survival of the fittest in the Everglades, and if you're wondering who might win in a showdown between an alligator and a Burmese python, this clip recorded by Katina Boychew should put that question to rest. Per NBC2 , the Florida woman was visiting the wetlands preserve last...

Woman Finds Deadly 6-Foot Snake in Bed

'This is what nightmares are made of'

(Newser) - The owner of a reptile relocation service in Australia posted a pair of photos on Facebook this week that people with a fear of snakes should probably avoid looking at if they ever want to sleep again. Zachery’s Snake and Reptile Relocation shared photos of a six-foot Eastern Brown...

14-Foot Python Found Dead on Side of New York Road

Officials are trying to find out who owned it

(Newser) - Finding animals dead on the side of the road is not uncommon. But finding a 14-foot-long python dead on the side of the road is. That's what happened on Valentine's Day in New York, when the state's Department of Environmental Conservation got word that a large snake...

Female Snakes Have Had a Clitoris All This Time
Female Snakes Have Had
a Clitoris All This Time
new study

Female Snakes Have Had a Clitoris All This Time

Actually, 2 clitorises

(Newser) - Male snakes have not one but two penises, called hemipenes, a fact that's been established since the 1800s. It wasn't until 2022 that their female counterparts' sex organs—two clitorises—were identified. The discovery of their hemiclitores is detailed in a new study published in Proceedings of the ...

Passengers 'Started Shrieking' When They Saw Snake on Plane

Florida garter snake is now a New Jersey resident

(Newser) - "Enough is enough! I have had it with these (expletive) snakes on this (expletive) plane," Samuel L. Jackson's character declared at one point in Snakes on a Plane. There was only one snake on a flight from Tampa to Newark on Monday afternoon, but that was more...

Cops Gun Down 15-Foot Snake as It Tried to Strangle a Man
Man Who Needed Rescue
From Snake Has Died
UPDATED

Man Who Needed Rescue From Snake Has Died

Police in Pennsylvania shot a reptile strangling Elliot Senseman

(Newser) - Update: A Pennsylvania man who needed to be rescued from a snake last week has died from his injuries, reports the Morning Call . Elliot Senseman, 27, was being strangled by a large snake—possibly a reticulated python—at his home when a police officer shot and killed the animal to...

One Creature Is Thriving in a Hotter California
Rattlesnakes Are Thriving
in California
new study

Rattlesnakes Are Thriving in California

Study suggests that will continue as temperatures warm

(Newser) - Residents of California and the Southwest may want to brush up on the do's and dont's of rattlesnake encounters. A new study suggests the snakes' population there is thriving and will continue to do so, reports the Guardian . The reason is the very one causing grief for humans...

Crowd Watches as Rattlesnake Handler Suffers Fatal Bite

Eugene De Leon Sr. died in Texas 'doing what he loved'

(Newser) - A rattlesnake handler with more than 20 years of experience was showing off his skills at a festival in Texas over the weekend when he suffered a fatal bite. Eugene De Leon Sr. was bitten on the shoulder around 1pm Saturday as he handled a western diamondback rattlesnake in front...

Python Spotted by a Completely Appropriate Grocery Shopper

Helaina Alati, who encountered the 10-foot-long diamond python, is a snake catcher

(Newser) - Helaina Alati was browsing the spice aisle of an Australian supermarket when she came face-to-face with a huge snake. The head of the 10-foot-long non-venomous diamond python emerged through a space in a shelf in the Woolworths in the suburb of Glenorie on Sydney’s northwest outskirts. "I was...

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