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Petco Reports a Bizarre Theft

Cops say 2 people ran off with a python

(Newser) - Police in Peabody, Massachusetts, are looking for a couple who slithered away with a snake worth $300 from a city pet store, per the AP . The couple entered the Petco store around 4:30pm Monday, police tell the Salem News . The man asked an employee if he could play with...

One State Wants to Put Pythons on the Menu

It has 'the texture of fish, but ... tastes more like chicken'

(Newser) - Python and a brew, anyone? That might just become a happy-hour special in Florida if it turns out the snakes are safe enough to eat. But state officials first have to figure out whether Florida pythons contain too much mercury, CNN reports. "We would like to use consumption as...

Elon Musk's Newest Foe: Sleeping Snakes

Construction on hold at site of German gigafactory

(Newser) - Tesla is hoping to have its first European factory up and running by July. But that plan was in doubt Tuesday after a German court ordered the company to stop clearing a forest on the proposed site in Gruenheide, south of Berlin. The reason: sleeping snakes. As Reuters and the...

2 Reasons Why This Python's 7 Eggs Are Totally Weird

First, she's 62 years old. Second, she hasn't been near a male python for 2 decades

(Newser) - A 62-year-old ball python surprised experts at the St. Louis Zoo by laying seven eggs, despite not being near a male python for at least two decades. Mark Wanner, manager of herpetology at the zoo, says it's unusual but not unheard of for ball pythons to reproduce asexually. The...

After Ga. Homeowner Kills Python in Yard, a Warning

'Please do NOT release exotic animals'

(Newser) - Pythons are native to Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa—so when they turn up in someone's yard in the US, it attracts notice. That's what recently happened at a home in Walton County, Ga., where what looks like a ball python showed up, only to meet its demise...

Thousands of Pythons Removed From Everglades

Namely, 5K since 2017

(Newser) - Burmese pythons have invaded the Florida Everglades and are wreaking havoc, and last week, the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced it has removed 5,000 of them from the ecosystem since a python elimination program was established in 2017. The snakes, which likely got established after pets were...

Zoo Offers Up a Little V-Day Revenge for the Lovelorn

For $25, you can name a mouse after your ex, watch it get fed to a snake

(Newser) - The San Antonio Zoo is getting in on the trend of Valentine's Day revenge , offering to name a rat after your ex and feed it to a snake. The feast goes down Feb. 14, with a $25 charge per submission. Or you can go the $5 route and name...

Before Miami's Super Bowl, a Massive Snake Hunt

'Python Bowl' participants to hunt down invasive Burmese pythons for cash and prizes

(Newser) - Miami's upcoming Super Bowl will mean death for dozens of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades—and wildlife officials say that's a good thing. The game's organizing committee is working with Florida to promote the Python Bowl, a 10-day contest that began Friday that will give out...

Woman Found Dead in House With Python Around Her Neck

There were 140 snakes in the home

(Newser) - An Indiana woman found with an 8-foot-long python wrapped around her neck had apparently kept snakes at the residence, which was filled with snakes and outfitted for a collection of the reptiles, police say. Laura Hurst, 36, was found unresponsive Wednesday night on the floor of a home in the...

Wildlife Workers Have Clever Way to Find Florida Pythons

'Sentinel' males fitted with radio transmitters lead them to breeding females in Everglades

(Newser) - The headline at Smithsonian magazine is "The Snakes That Ate Florida," and the accompanying story makes clear there isn't much hyperbole going on. The story looks at the explosion of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. These invasive creatures—which likely got their start in the area when...

He Tried to Open Door. Then, a White Flash and Screaming

The snake didn't like visitors, apparently

(Newser) - Footage from a doorbell camera on a porch in Lawton, Okla., is circulating, and USA Today reports that Jerel Heywood is the unfortunate star. CNN reports Heywood went to visit his friend Rodney Copeland on Sunday, and the video shows what happened as he tried to enter Copeland's...

Largest Python Found in Everglades Packed a Secret

17-foot female was carrying 73 eggs

(Newser) - Snake hunters trying to rid the Florida Everglades of invasive Burmese pythons used a new method to make a record-breaking catch. A team at Big Cypress National Preserve caught a 17-foot 140-pound female python, the longest python ever caught in the Everglades, the Guardian reports. The snake contained 73 "...

Nocturnal Rats Do Something Never Seen Before

The kangaroo rats are seen in amazing slow-motion video

(Newser) - The kangaroo rat is tiny, but oh-so fast. Two new studies and a slow-motion video show how the rodents perform speedy maneuvers when a sidewinder rattlesnake comes along—including a powerful kick, National Geographic reports. "Both rattlesnakes and kangaroo rats are extreme athletes, with their maximum performance occurring during...

A Snake Needs a Name: Your Ex's

Aussie zoo contest lets you explain why its resident reptile deserves your ex's moniker

(Newser) - The brown snake of Australia is among the most poisonous in the world, which is apparently why a zoo Down Under has decided to let you name one of them after your ex. That is, if you win Wild Life Sydney's Valentine's Day contest, which is giving competitors...

She Was Taking Care of Business. Then, 'Midstream,' a 'Sharp Tap'

Aussie woman bitten by carpet python while on the toilet

(Newser) - Australia has been mired in quite a heat wave , and the snakes are taking to the toilets to cool off. Newshub reports that a Brisbane woman found that out, um, "midstream" after a carpet python hiding in her porcelain throne apparently freaked out when she went to take care...

New Kind of Snake Found in Bizarre Place

Inside another snake

(Newser) - Scientists have introduced a new species of snake—a whole new genus, in fact—to the world. It's called Cenaspis aenigma, which National Geographic explains translates to "mysterious dinner snake." That speaks to the first unusual aspect of the discovery: Scientists found the never-before-seen snake inside another...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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