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RugbyL: Snake sends fans fleeing at NRL game

A poisonous snake sent fans fleeing as it slithered near to the playing field of a National Rugby League match in Australia on Monday. A three-foot (one metre) Eastern Brown snake slithered onto the grass between the playing field and the stands in a corner of the Gold Coast stadium 10 minutes into the first half of the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the North Queensland Cowboys. Fans in the vicinity quickly moved to higher ground away from the creature, which is renowned for its speed and aggression.

Japan police find 80 reptiles in one-room apartment

Venomous lizards and snakes up to three metres (nine feet) long were among 80 reptiles police found crammed into a one-room apartment in Japan, an official said Tuesday. Officers were called by a frantic neighbour who saw a huge snake slithering along a wall outside the apartment in the western hub city of Osaka. When police raided the apartment they found dozens of snakes, including a three-metre boa constrictor, as well as a number of lizards. All were being kept in individual containers in the 10-square-metre (108 square foot) room.

Snake festival charms villagers in east India

Hundreds of people queued in a remote village in eastern India over the weekend to receive blessings from metres-long and potentially deadly snakes, thought to bring them good luck. Snake charmers clapped and beat colourful drums to lure their "prized catches" out of wicker baskets and clay pots, as part of an annual festival in the village of Purba Bishnupur in West Bengal state. "It is an art to make the snakes come out of their boxes and baskets," Hyder Mal, a 46-year-old snake charmer taking part in the festival told AFP on Saturday.

Snake festival charms villagers in east India

Hundreds of people queued in a remote village in eastern India over the weekend to receive blessings from metres-long and potentially deadly snakes, thought to bring them good luck. Snake charmers clapped and beat colourful drums to lure their "prized catches" out of wicker baskets and clay pots, as part of an annual festival in the village of Purba Bishnupur in West Bengal state. "It is an art to make the snakes come out of their boxes and baskets," Hyder Mal, a 46-year-old snake charmer taking part in the festival told AFP on Saturday.

Key facts on the African rock python

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. - Two boys, aged five and seven, were strangled by an African rock python after it escaped from an exotic pet store in New Brunswick. Here are some key facts about the reptile: NATURAL HABITAT: Pythons live in sub-Saharan Africa. Their natural habitat includes grasslands, savanna near water and occasionally forest edges. African rock pythons are highly dependent on water. They often submerge themselves near the banks of a stream and wait for prey.

College student snares record long Burmese python near Miami

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - An 18-foot, 8-inch Burmese python set a record for the longest snake ever captured in South Florida, where the exotic species has taken up residence. College student Jason Leon snared the female python in a rural area southeast of Miami earlier this month, when he saw part of it sticking out from brush along the roadside, said Carli Segelson, a spokeswoman for the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Winnipeg resident finds python in Dumpster; police corral it with recycling bin

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg police faced a slithery situation when a citizen came across a live python in a Dumpster. Police say the city resident was surprised to find the snake on Tuesday night in a garbage bin behind an apartment complex. An officer used a small recycling box to contain the serpent until animal control workers arrived. Leland Gordon of the city's animal services department says the ball python was in good shape, but charges may be laid against whomever abandoned it.

Rare snake bite death in Australia

A hockey player has died in Australia after being bitten by a snake that he picked up -- a rare fatality despite the country being home to the planet's 10 deadliest species. Karl Berry, 26, reportedly grabbed the deadly brown snake near a training field in the Northern Territory on Tuesday, believing it was a harmless python, and threw it into some bushes to keep it away from children playing nearby. He then went for a run, not realising it had bitten him on the finger, before collapsing, the Northern Territory News said Friday.

Pretoria Zoo's black mamba who went missing last month found

The Pretoria Zoo's black mamba who went missing last month was found today.The zoo's spokesman, Craig Allenby said the snake was spotted slithering along the wall of the Reptile Park service area.Reptile Park staff have caught the snake and he is being kept in a darkened container in order to keep him calm.Allenby said the mamba, nicknamed 'Houdini', was in good condition and would spend the next few days in the container to readjust.Houdini was noticed to be missing from his terrarium at the zoo's Reptile Park on March 11, causing an extensive search to ensue.<

Landlubber chameleons became sailors

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published on Wednesday that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. Chameleons are famous for the extraordinary ability of some species to change colour, and for a lightning-fast talent to catch prey with their tongue. Biologists, though, are bemused by a wider question: Where on Earth did chameleons come from?
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