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PostPosted: 02-08-2011 15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Crawley man claims poisonous snake world record
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-11129938


Surely 'creepy' Crawley man?
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PostPosted: 02-08-2011 18:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Crawley man claims poisonous snake world record
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-11129938


Surely 'creepy' Crawley man?


He's here all week folks!
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PostPosted: 08-08-2011 12:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely Pyhtonesque.

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Python rescued from Morecambe office chair
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-14444745

Brian the python was stuck within the adjustment mechanism of the chair

Fire crews in Lancashire were called to an unusual rescue after reports that a snake had become trapped in a piece of furniture.

The 3ft (0.9m) python was stuck in the adjustment mechanism of an office chair at a home on Alexandra Road in Morecambe.

Small tools and a crow bar were used to open up the mechanism and the snake, called Brian, was gently pulled out.

Despite his confinement, Brian appeared to be unharmed following his release.
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PostPosted: 08-08-2011 14:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian! Brian! What kind of a name is that for a snake. He was probably trying to kill himself!
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PostPosted: 26-09-2011 17:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The graveyard snake and the praying woman
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2011/0926/1224304750523.html

A LADY praying in a west Clare graveyard was paid an unexpected visit by a serpent last week – in this case a North American corn snake, which had escaped from its owner.

Following a call to the Garda, local dog warden Frankie Coote was tasked with identifying and collecting the four-and-a-half-foot male snake. Coote believes the snake had been living in the graveyard for some time, picking off vermin for food.

“The owner is close by and maybe he let him out to have a snake about and he disappeared. I think he was living there for about five weeks. They will generally survive the summer, but after that the winter will kill them – either that or St Patrick.”

The North American corn snake’s normal lifespan can be up to 30 years.

This isn’t the first time Clare ISPCA has had to deal with reptiles. Demand for pet snakes and lizards has boomed in recent years, and the problems for local animal rescue services are rising.

“We do get more and more calls now. I am aware people have 10-12-foot-long snakes just in Co Clare alone,” says Coote. “There is nothing I can do about it. I feel there should be legislation.

“I know of one person who has a python in a house in a housing estate.”

One solution, Coote believes, is for the type of restrictions imposed on dog and cat owners to apply also to owners of exotic pets.

“With dogs, there is responsibility attached. I can check the licence, and the owner has to pay a replacement charge if they stray, and account for any expense incurred by our services. But then a fella can walk down the street with a lion or tiger, and there’s nothing any dog warden can do about it. It doesn’t make any sense.”

– Brian O’Connell
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PostPosted: 30-11-2011 15:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Angry India charmer lets loose snakes in office
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-15963842

Office workers take evasive action from the snakes in Uttar Pradesh

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An angry snakecharmer in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has let loose dozens of snakes in a government office, sparking chaos and panic.

Hakkul, of Lara village in Basti district, dumped the snakes, including a number of cobras, at the land revenue office in Harraiya town on Tuesday.

Many of the frightened villagers and officials ran out of the office, while others climbed on top of tables.

No-one was bitten or injured but the snakes are yet to be caught.

Plot of land

Mr Hakkul is usually called in whenever a snake is spotted in the area and he has saved many lives over the years, local journalist Mazhar Azad told the BBC.

Mr Hakkul has petitioned various government offices over the years demanding a plot of land where he can "conserve" his snakes.

Mr Azad said Mr Hakkul had even petitioned the president.


Some of the snakes are still in the building Mr Hakkul says his request has been cleared by senior authorities, but the local officials keep delaying it.

On Tuesday, Mr Hakkul went to the Tehsil [revenue] office with a group of supporters and emptied out his bags containing poisonous snakes.

"Snakes were climbing up the tables and chairs. The office was full, there were nearly 100 officials and clerks and many more visitors," Mr Azad said.

"There was total chaos for several hours. Some people started taking photos with their telephone cameras, others brought out sheets to try to cover the snakes. Some came with sticks and wanted to beat up Hakkul."

Mr Azad said Mr Hakkul and his men escaped in the confusion and are yet to be caught.

So are the snakes who are still hiding in the building.
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PostPosted: 08-05-2012 23:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was unsure where to put this. mods please move to OOPA if appropriate.

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Battling the brown tree snake in Guam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17992053
By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC News, Guam

Wildlife biologist James Stanford on the trail of the brown tree snake

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In the dense tropical forest, a slither of movement can just be made out in the glow of our head torches.

A snake is entwined in the undergrowth. It is about 1m long, mostly dull brown but with a vivid yellow underbelly.

We are face to face with Guam's "nemesis": the brown tree snake. And the forests here are dripping with them.

The US territory, in the western Pacific, is only 50km (30 miles) long and 10km wide, but it is packed with two million snakes.

This reptile arrived here only 60 years ago but has rapidly become one of the most successful invasive species ever.

Unhealthy appetite

Wildlife biologist James Stanford, from the US Geological Survey, says: "Our belief is that they came at the end of World War II.

"We've looked at their genetics and they are all extremely closely related, and it appears they came from the Island of Manus in Papua New Guinea."

He explains that military equipment used by the US in Papua New Guinea while the war raged in the Pacific was eventually sent back to Guam to be processed. A snake probably crept on to a ship or a plane destined for the island.


Cheryl Calaustro says the koko was easy prey for the snakes
"And from that handful, or maybe even one already impregnated female, we now have a population that is unbelievable in scale," he says.

The venomous snakes have caused many problems. They get everywhere, and people have even woken up with them in their beds.

The island's power system is regularly shorted out by snakes crawling on the lines. It is so frequent the locals now call power cuts "brown outs".

But the biggest impact has been on the wildlife - it has been decimated. The forests here are eerily quiet. Now the only place where the Guam's native birds, such as the koko, can be seen on the island are in cages in a captive breeding centre.

"The brown tree snake has had a devastating impact. Ten out of 12 native forest bird species disappeared in 30 years," says Cheryl Calaustro from Guam's Department of Agriculture.

"The birds here evolved without predators. They were quite naive. And when the snake arrived on Guam it ate eggs, juveniles, adults. Whole generations disappeared."

Toxic mouse bombs

But the snakes did not stop there.

Dr Stanford explains: "We thought it would be limited: 'OK, if it wipes out the birds, it will decline.' It wasn't the case. It just switched what it was feeding on - rodents, lizards, small mammals - across the board."


Desperate measures in Guam's battle against the brown tree snake
Now the locals are fighting back. And they are unleashing some unusual weapons in their war against the snake.

One effort has involved air-dropping mice that have been laced with poison and fitted with parachutes out of helicopters. It provides a deadly dinner for any unsuspecting snakes below.

"Right now we are using acetaminophen. It commonly used as a pain reliever and fever reducer in humans, but it is 100% lethal to all brown tree snakes," explains Dan Vice of the US Department of Agriculture.

"If they eat that dead mouse containing acetaminophen, they will die."

But this is a battle on two fronts. Not only is the US government trying to clear the snakes, it is also trying to prevent the problem being passed to anyone else.

And to do this, it has enlisted the help of some small dogs.

Snakes on a plane

In a busy cargo depot close to the airport, Elmo the Jack Russell, kitted out in a smart, green uniform, is sniffing box upon box of goods waiting for export.


Elmo the Jack Russell is an expert at sniffing out snakes
He is on the hunt for any unwanted stowaways.

As he catches wind of an unusual scent, he begins to scrabble, alerting the government inspector to the presence of a snake - and is rewarded with a treat.

A small army of dogs check every single item of cargo before it leaves Guam.

"It is a monumental project. We're working 24 hours a day, seven days a week," says Mr Vice.

"Cargo doesn't stop, the airport doesn't shut down, so we have to be there to make sure the cargo going on the airplane has indeed been snake inspected."

Letting the snakes on a plane could have devastating consequences.

Mr Vice says: "Economics researchers have tried to apply the impact of snakes to Hawaii. They found it could cost $400m or more if the snake became established.


Getting rid of the snakes is going to be an enormous job for the US government
"The impacts are running across all kinds of parts of the economy. It includes healthcare for humans because the snakes bite people, damage to the power system, lost revenue associated with declines in tourism and ecotourism."

However, with so many snakes on the island, controlling the problem is an uphill battle.

And today, Guam serves as an example to the world of what happens when an invasive species takes hold.

The worry is that it may be too late to clear the infestation, but Mr Vice says this should not stop the islanders from trying.

"Our long-term goal is to eradicate the snake," he says.

"The problems here are so profound we don't want to let them go anywhere else, and the only way to achieve that is to get rid of them completely."
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PostPosted: 09-05-2012 08:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should have an 'Eradicate Snakes' day, when everybody on Guam hunts for brown snakes. They should be pretty thorough about it, perhaps doing it a few times.
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PostPosted: 09-05-2012 09:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They should have an 'Eradicate Snakes' day, when everybody on Guam hunts for brown snakes. They should be pretty thorough about it, perhaps doing it a few times.


didn't The Simpsons have a snake whacking day?
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Yes and Barry White saved the snakes with his smoooth singing.
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Rattlesnake bites customer in Wal-Mart
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18067653

Rattlesnakes lie in wait for their prey

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A Wal-Mart customer is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in a garden department of the store chain.

Mica Craig said the reptile pounced as he was shopping at the store in the north-western US state of Washington.

The 47-year-old stamped on the serpent and was later treated at hospital with anti-venom, after his hand suffered serious swelling.

Wal-Mart apologised, and said it was investigating how the snake had entered the store in the city of Clarkston.

Kayla Whaling, a spokeswoman for the chain, said: "At this point, it appears to be an isolated incident.

"We are working with a pest management team, which is conducting a sweep of the property to ensure there is no additional rattlesnake activity."

Another customer, Maria Geffre, told Reuters news agency the snake was at least 1ft (30cm) long with four rattles.

Mr Craig said the serpent attacked as he reached down to brush away what he thought was a stick from a bag of mulch.

The purchase was intended for his marijuana plants, which Mr Craig said he was licensed to grow for medical reasons.
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The purchase was intended for his marijuana plants, which Mr Craig said he was licensed to grow for medical reasons.


Laughing The police officers disagreed!
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Rattlesnakes in Wal-Mart? Good. About bloody time we returned to survival of the fittest. Maybe now all the folks who shop there can loose some weight running from cougars and grizzly bears.

Actually, I don't know about the stores in Washington, but east of the Mississippi, Wal-Mart's tend to have outdoor garden areas that are only closed off by a gate. It would be pretty easy for a snake (ANY snake) to get past that. Come to think of it, I'm surprised (and perhaps a little disappointed) it doesn't happen more often. At the very least I could restock my terrariums Very Happy
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Rattlesnakes in Wal-Mart? Good. About bloody time we returned to survival of the fittest. Maybe now all the folks who shop there can loose some weight running from cougars and grizzly bears.

Actually, I don't know about the stores in Washington, but east of the Mississippi, Wal-Mart's tend to have outdoor garden areas that are only closed off by a gate. It would be pretty easy for a snake (ANY snake) to get past that. Come to think of it, I'm surprised (and perhaps a little disappointed) it doesn't happen more often. At the very least I could restock my terrariums Very Happy


Thats it, I'll avoid Wal-Marts!

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Australian teenager bitten by most venomous snake
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19739656

The Inland Taipan has the most potent venom of all snakes

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Police in Australia are investigating how a teenager near Sydney came to be bitten by the world's most venomous snake.

The 17-year-old boy was bitten on the hand by an Inland Taipan snake, which usually lives in desert areas.

The boy is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being given anti-venom.

A drop of Inland Taipan venom is enough to kill 100 people and causes paralysis.

The snake is also more commonly known as the fierce snake, because of the venom's strength rather than the reptile's temperament.

"Police are now attempting to establish how the youth came to be bitten, and hope to speak to the young man once he is considered well enough," New South Wales police said in a statement.

Officials at Mater hospital in Newcastle City, where the boy is being treated, said that the anti-venom was crucial to his survival.


"We had anti-venom in stock, we keep what's called polyvalent anti-venom and that covers all of our snakes," toxicologist Geoff Isbister told ABC News.

The Inland Taipan, described as shy and reclusive, can grow up to two metres long.

It is usually found in Australia's Northern Territory and Queensland, hundreds of miles away from the town of Kurri Kurri, on the coast to the north of Sydney, where the incident happened on Wednesday.

The police do not believe that the incident was related to a break-in at the nearby Hunter Valley Zoo on Sunday that saw the theft of four pythons and two alligators, the police statement added.

Judith Martin, from Hunter Reptile Rescue service, which handled the snake, told the BBC that it would be sent to a reptile breeding programme.
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