Snake http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31346/all en Hong Kong customs discover 2,600 live snakes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/hong-kong-customs-discover-2600-live-snakes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hong Kong customs authorities investigating a shipment from Thailand marked as fruit were shocked to discover the consignment instead contained 2,600 live snakes, officials said Friday.</p> <p>Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday, a government spokeswoman said, just days before the start of the Year of the Snake in the Chinese horoscope.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/hong-kong-customs-discover-2600-live-snakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Politics Snake AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:46:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749928 at http://www.globalpost.com Year of Snake sees serpent sales soar in Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/year-snake-sees-serpent-sales-soar-hong-kong <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing. </p> <p>Keeping snakes has become increasingly popular in the densely-populated city in recent years as animal lovers seek out less space-hungry pets.</p> <p>And with the spotlight firmly on the reptile in the lead-up to the Lunar New Year on Sunday, sales have surged.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/year-snake-sees-serpent-sales-soar-hong-kong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Corn snake Herpetology Snake Technology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 04:30:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750757 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong 'snake kings' stand the test of time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/hong-kong-snake-kings-stand-the-test-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In a quiet corner of bustling Hong Kong, iron cages containing writhing serpents are stacked up at the entrance to an old shop that has been selling snake soup for more than a century.</p> <p>Inside more than 100 wooden drawers store hundreds of snakes, with more than half of them labelled "poisonous". Customers enjoy the thick broth made from the reptile's lean meat which costs HK$45 ($6) a bowl.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/hong-kong-snake-kings-stand-the-test-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong films Human behavior Snake AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:15:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5783056 at http://www.globalpost.com Aussie snakes slither into species book http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130705/aussie-snakes-slither-species-book <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scientists have added dozens of Australian species to the family of small worm-like snakes called Scolecophidia, which are some of the least-understood creatures on Earth.</p> <p>Researchers from France, Australia and the United States analysed the genomes of 741 animals from 27 recognised species in a subgroup known as Australian blind snakes.</p> <p>The data suggest the number of species is "at least two times the current number of recognised, nominal species," said a summary of the results, published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130705/aussie-snakes-slither-species-book" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alethinophidia Scolecophidia Snake Technology AFP Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:02:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5876555 at http://www.globalpost.com New Brunswick RCMP say two young boys killed in their sleep by python http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130805/new-brunswick-rcmp-say-two-young-boys-killed-python-while-as <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CAMPBELLTON, N.B. - Two young boys were killed by a python snake as they slept in an apartment above an exotic pet store in northern New Brunswick, the RCMP said Monday.</p> <p>Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said the boys, aged five and seven, were visiting the apartment of a friend above Reptile Ocean Inc. in Campbellton when the incident occurred.</p> <p>Rogers-Marsh said police arrived at the apartment around 6:30 a.m., at which point officers found the two dead boys.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130805/new-brunswick-rcmp-say-two-young-boys-killed-python-while-as" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Pythonidae Snake The Canadian Press Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:32:27 +0000 The Canadian Press 5903208 at http://www.globalpost.com Snake believed to have killed boys may have been lured by their scent: expert http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130806/african-rock-pythons-killing-humans-getting-struck-lightning <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The African rock python that escaped its enclosure and is believed to have killed two New Brunswick boys may have been lured by the scent of the children because they were playing with farm animals hours earlier and may have smelled like prey, one reptile expert said Tuesday.</p> <p>The founder and co-owner of Little Ray's Reptile Zoo in Ottawa said snakes such as the one that police believe killed Noah and Connor Barthe don't visually recognize their prey, so if the boys smelled like the animals they were playing with, it could serve as an explanation for the attack.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130806/african-rock-pythons-killing-humans-getting-struck-lightning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Herpetology Pythonidae Snake The Canadian Press Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:02:28 +0000 The Canadian Press 5904166 at http://www.globalpost.com Charges laid against Ontario couple after 40 pythons found in motel http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130823/charges-laid-against-ontario-couple-after-40-pythons-found-m <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRANTFORD, Ont. - A southern Ontario couple has been charged with animal cruelty after 40 ball python snakes and five eggs were found in a motel room.</p> <p>The reptiles, some of them more than a metre long, were found last week in plastic storage bins in a room at the Bell City Motel in Brantford, Ont.</p> <p>The Ontario SPCA says the snakes were dehydrated, and didn't have water or enough space.</p> <p>The snakes' owners weren't there when the animals were found, but the SPCA says they later surrendered their pets to investigators.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130823/charges-laid-against-ontario-couple-after-40-pythons-found-m" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Snake The Canadian Press Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:45:52 +0000 The Canadian Press 5916323 at http://www.globalpost.com Destressss with an Indonesian snake massage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131105/destressss-indonesian-snake-massage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lying on a massage table at a spa in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Feri Tilukay closed his eyes and smiled blissfully as three enormous snakes slithered all over him.</p> <p>He is one of a small band of customers brave enough to try the "snake massage", where the gentle hands of a professionally trained masseuse are swapped for the cold, scaly skin of six-foot (1.8-metre) pythons.</p> <p>"It is a very unique sensation," Tilukay, 31, told AFP, as the snakes slid over him during a recent session, adding the treatment "gives you an adrenaline rush".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131105/destressss-indonesian-snake-massage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manipulative therapy Massage Snake AFP Tue, 05 Nov 2013 05:37:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5980103 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds of snakes, many dead, found in Southern California house http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140129/hundreds-snakes-many-dead-found-southern-california-house <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of snakes and rodents were found on Wednesday in the home of a Southern California elementary school teacher after neighbors complained of a stench emanating from the squalid house in the city of Santa Ana, police said.</p> <p>The teacher, who is in his 30s but was not identified by police, was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, said Santa Ana police Corporal Anthony Bertagna, who added that most of the snakes were pythons and many were dead.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140129/hundreds-snakes-many-dead-found-southern-california-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest KTLA Snake Television in the United States Thomson Reuters Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:32:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6056564 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds of snakes, many dead, found in California house http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140129/hundreds-snakes-many-dead-found-california-house <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tori Richards</p> <p>SANTA ANA, California (Reuters) - Hundreds of snakes and rodents were found on Wednesday in the home of a Southern California elementary school teacher after neighbors complained of a stench from the house, police said.</p> <p>The teacher, William Buchman, 53, was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, said Santa Ana police Corporal Anthony Bertagna, who added that the snakes were all believed to be pythons and many were dead.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140129/hundreds-snakes-many-dead-found-california-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Snake Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:49:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6056712 at http://www.globalpost.com Snakes store sperm to hatch eggs months after mating: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140806/snakes-store-sperm-hatch-eggs-months-after-mating-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Snakes store sperm to hatch eggs months after mating: study</p> <p>SYDNEY, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- An Australian Researcher has discovered how female snakes store sperm after mating, sometimes for months, before using it to fertilize their eggs.</p> <p>Luke Allen, who studies at Environmental Science at Charles Darwin University, examined the coastal taipan, Australia's longest venomous snake, and discovered it can store sperm for up to six months after mating.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140806/snakes-store-sperm-hatch-eggs-months-after-mating-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Evolutionary biology Reproduction Snake Xinhua News Agency Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:16:03 +0000 Xinhua News Agency 6224446 at http://www.globalpost.com