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    A wildlife photographer captured a massive 15-foot Burmese python slithering across the road and toward Everglades National Park in Florida. Most people would've feared approaching the lethal snake, but Kym Clark saw it as an opportunity to add the reptile to her Instagram portfolio. Clark posted the chilling video of the python on January 2 while out on a New Year adventure with her friends. 'No, Siri, we don’t want to proceed to the route,' Clark joked in the caption of the video that showed her outside of her car and several feet away from the snake. Burmese pythons are problematic new habitants of the park that popped up in recent years 'due to accidental or intentional release of captive pet animals,' according to the National Park Service. A massive 15-food Burmese python slithering across the road and toward Everglades National Park in Florida  Pythons are generally found in China or India but have been a recent threat to Florida as officials continuously seek ways to remove from the Everglades Park.  The most common way to kill pythons are by...
    A huge alligator was finally killed after tormenting a Florida family for five years - thanks to the efforts of a friend who earned a special hunting license to end the 10-foot, 500-pound gator's life with an arrow.  Craig and Chrissy Masse family got fed up with the alligator they'd named Albert when it lunged at Chrissy while she was mowing the lawn one day in their backyard in Port Charlotte, which sits on Florida's southwest coast.  The alligator had gone after their two Labrador dogs and lunged at Chrissy while she was mowing the lawn - which was enough to prompt them to take action. 'Chrissy was cutting the grass over there and he came right at her,' Craig told NBC2. A huge alligator was killed after tormenting a Florida family for years - thanks to the efforts of a friend who earned a special hunting license to end the huge gator's life with an arrow. Above: Craig Masse, left, and his friends Ron Ollerenshaw and Chop 'I was like we got to get him. I can’t have him....
    POLICE have warned residents of a Pennsylvania city to look out for a large python on the loose after the reptile escaped. Duquesne authorities said the five to seven feet long snake is a pet that slithered away from its owner while they were out on a walk. 2Duquesne authorities said the five to seven feet long snake is a pet that slithered away from a neighbor in the community while on a walkCredit: Joe Shanley 2After losing the snake near State Street and Mehaffey Street, Shanley said he and others had looked for the white colored python all through the night with no luckCredit: Joe Shanley The owner of the snake is the son of Dan Shanley who told CBS News that his son collapsed while holding the python, named Gene Simmons, while on a walk Wednesday afternoon. "I wouldn't like having a snake in my yard, you'd want to find it," Dan Shanley said. After losing the snake near State Street and Mehaffey Street, Shanley said he and others had looked for the white-colored python all through the...
    IF YOU have a fear of snakes, look away now. At first glance, this photograph appears to show a typical back garden with an overgrown lawn, a wooden fence and a clothes horse. 3There's a sneaky snake hiding in this back garden... so can you spot it? But look a little closer and you’ll see a massive snake hiding amongst the greenery – so can you spot it? The huge reptile is camouflaged in the shrubbery in the top right hand corner of the image. Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, from Queensland, Australia, were called in by home owners after they saw the reptile hiding amongst the plants, with part of its body hanging over the fence. The experts took a picture of the scene, before asking their Facebook followers to find the creature. Read More LifestyleMAN'S TREASURE You have the eyes of a hawk if you can spot a cat hidden in a pile of trashFEELING FRUITY Can you spot the hidden apples among the birds and their houses? And it proved a difficult task for many social media users. Jacki Day...
    A two-year-old girl killed a snake in revenge for biting her lip by sinking her teeth into it. The toddler, identified only by her initials S.E., was playing in the back garden of her family home in the village of Kantar, in Bingol, Turkey, when her screams were heard by neighbours on August 10.   They dashed to help the youngster, but found she had a 20-inch (50cm) snake clamped in her mouth and a bite mark on her lower lip. After killing the snake, the neighbours performed first aid and called paramedics, according to local media. The toddler (pictured), identified only by her initials S.E., was playing in the back garden of her family home in the village of Kantar, in Bingol, Turkey, when her screams were heard by neighbours on August 10 The youngster was rushed to Bingol Maternity and Children's Hospital where she was put under observation for 24 hours. She is now reported to be well and recovering. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Snake bites girl, five, on the FACE as she poses...
    A DEADLY copperhead snake has found the perfect hiding spot, camouflaged among a pile of rocks. Images show the venomous reptile lurking among the foliage, covered by several leaves – but can you spot it? 3Can you spot the snake?Credit: marks_reptiles/Instagram The snap was posted by Mark’s Reptiles – a US based content creator – as eagle eyed users were challenged to spot the sneaky serpent. One wrote: “Bro I give up. Idk where it’s at.” A second user said: “I tried to find it for the past 15 minute, where it it!” Before a third finally added:  “Found it! After like 5 mins of zooming in on different spots copperheads camouflage SO well!” Others also managed to see past the reptile’s attempts at disguise and found him lurking in the middle of the photo. Mark confirmed that the reptile was a copperhead – which are renowned for their abilities to camouflage in plain sight. It comes as Avid snake enthusiast Isaiah, 18, described how cooperheads “tend to keep to themselves when possible" as they hide in the dark. After...
    By Christina Larson | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Even the king cobra is “vulnerable.” More than 1 in 5 species of reptiles worldwide are threatened with extinction, according to a comprehensive new assessment of thousands of species published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Of 10,196 reptile species analyzed, 21% percent were classified as endangered, critically endangered or vulnerable to extinction — including the iconic hooded snakes of South and Southeast Asia. “This work is a very significant achievement — it adds to our knowledge of where threatened species are, and where we must work to protect them,” said Duke University ecologist Stuart Pimm, who was not involved in the study. Similar prior assessments had been conducted for mammals, birds and amphibians, informing government decisions about how to draw boundaries of national parks and allocate environmental funds. Work on the reptile study – which involved nearly 1,000 scientists and 52 co-authors – started in 2005. The project was slowed by challenges in fundraising, said co-author Bruce Young, a zoologist at the nonprofit science organization NatureServe. “There’s a lot more focus on...
    Each Friday, One Green Planet brings you the week’s top news. For those who don’t have a lot of time to look through the news each day, this is will be a great resource and an easy way to catch up! Here you’ll find different categories of news, a synopsis of the top stories, and links to each article published during the week. 1. Animal Rights and Welfare News Source: Pakhnyushchy/Shutterstock As always we had a ton of news to cover in the world of animal rights and welfare. This week we saw happy and hopeful stories, as well as some grim and depressing ones. Some of the more notable stories included Victory! Animals Will Be Formally Recognized as Sentient Beings in the United Kingdom, Ukrainian Zoo Will Have to Put Down Thousands of Animals Due to Russian Shelling, Reptile Market in the UK Will End After Campaign by Animal Rights Group, Washington D.C. Council Introduces Bill to Ban Sale of Fur Products, USDA Sued Over Secret Policy That Allows Them to Avoid Inspecting Lab Animal Facilities, Spanish Police Seizes Over 1,000 Stuffed Endangered Animals...
    One of the UK’s last cruel reptile markets will finally come to an end after pressure and a campaign by an animal rights group. The Animal Protection Agency (APA) finally convinced the Doncaster council to end the show, with the final event taking place on June 19th. The group has spent years working hard to stop these cruel reptile markets around the country. Reptiles are sold at these markets in small plastic takeaway tubs and treated like “inanimate commodities.” The organizers of the event blamed the ending on the activist’s campaign and called it harassment, but to the APA and animal lovers around the world, this is a huge win. The trading of pets at market stalls was outlawed nearly 40 years ago because “animal welfare cannot be ensured in temporary and makeshift environments,” said the APA. This is a huge step in the right direction for stopping these wild animal markets and leaving these animals alone! The fight for the end of the exotic pet trade is not over, though. There are still many places where markets like this...
    His nickname says a lot about the size of the Beast : Megaspider. This Spider Newly resident of Australian Reptile Park based in Somersby Australia. It belongs to the genus Atrax robustus (In English, “Sydney funnel-web spider”) Considered one of the most dangerous for humans. It’s been years since this Australian zoo implemented a comprehensive plan to collect and breed these Mykales. The goal: to restore their venom to produce its antidote and be able to treat bites. The establishment thus initiates regular calls to encourage the public to capture the samples they met (safely) and bring them in. This is how the new spider came about. His measurements quickly jumped to the team’s eyes. This model is actually eight centimeters long, while the average oscillates between one and five centimeters. It also has chelicera – the famous “hooks” – its size is about two centimeters. “Exceptionally large” “In my thirty years in the park, I have never seen a funnel web spider this big! She’s exceptionally tall”, Explained by Michael TateAustralian Reptile Park Resumed in a statement. Species Atrax...
    THE world’s most extreme body modification fans are determined to completely transform their appearance. From the "genderless reptile" and "dark Barbie" to a man with giant tusks, meet the people with the most extreme looks. 7The human Satan with his wife Carol Praddo -also known as "Demon Woman"Credit: Jam Press 7Tiamat Legion Medusa hopes to become a human dragonCredit: Jam Press 7Rico Ledesma has spent £400 to add tusks to his face Tiamat Legion Medusa, 60, has spent at least £61,000 on more than 20 procedures over two decades including castration, ear removal, tongue splitting and 18 horn implants. Their goal is to become a “human dragon” and they are far from finished – with upcoming plans to remove their six remaining teeth in order to get a full set of dental implants designed to look like dragon’s teeth. Tiamat also has reshaped their nose, inspired by Harry Potter character Voldemort and had the whites of both eyes permanently stained green. They said: “I believe that I am a real and true life reptoid, a half-human/half-reptilian creature. “I can deal...
    A GIANT flying reptile that dominated the sky 170 million years ago has been unearthed on the Isle of Skye. The terrifying beast, which had rows of “self-sharpening” teeth and an 8ft wingspan, is the biggest Jurassic pterosaur ever found. 2A terrifying flying reptile which had an 8ft wingspan is the biggest Jurassic pterosaur ever found 2The giant that dominated the sky 170 million years ago was unearthed on the Isle of SkyeCredit: GREGORY F FUNSTON Its fossil was spotted on a remote beach by Amelia Penny, a student at the University of Edinburgh. A team then faced a frantic race against time to dig it up before the tide washed it away. The new species has been given the Gaelic name Dearc sgiathanach, which translates as “winged reptile”. Professor Steve Brusatte, from the university’s school of geosciences, called it “pristine and immaculately preserved” and said seeing a flock of them “would have been like something from an Alfred Hitchcock horror movie”. He said: “They would have been a spine-chilling sight, swooping down to catch and eat prey.” ...
    A British teenager on a gap-year in Zambia described 'fighting for her life' as she was attacked by a crocodile gripping her legs while a friend grabbed the shoulders of her life jacket to wrangle her away from danger. Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, was enjoying a day of white water rafting on the Zambezi Rover, close to Victoria Falls, when a huge 10ft crocodile went for her foot and dragged her underwater. Speaking to Sky News today, Miss Osborn-Smith said she remembers the reptile wrap its tail over her legs before she was plummeted into the water. Amelie Osborn-Smith (pictured on Sky News), 18, described 'fighting for her life' as she was attacked by a crocodile She said: 'I felt it grab my right leg first and just straightaway drag me underwater.' Miss Osborn-Smith, who is from Andover in Hampshire, described feeling 'ridiculously grateful' for her friend, who was in the water and was able to get a grip on the shoulders of her life jacket. She added: 'I thought, "as long as he keeps hold of me and I keep kicking we will get...
    The Kansas woman charged with joining the Islamic State group and leading an all-female battalion in Syria was once known as an 'intelligent' and 'caring' student who loved science and photography and had hopes of becoming a school teacher, DailyMail.com has learned.   Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, of Topeka, is accused of providing and conspiring to provide material support to ISIS after joining the terrorist organization overseas in 2014, prosecutors say. Authorities released a booking photo following her arrest Friday, in which she was seen wearing a black hijab, and revealed she was known to go by the names, Umm Mohammed al-Amriki, Umm Mohammed, and Umm Jabril.  Photos from her family blog also showed Fluke-Ekren in Islamic dress alongside her second husband Volkan Ekren and young children in the years after they left the US for Egypt in 2008. But former friends and acquaintances have told DailyMail.com the radicalized woman pictured in the photos and now charged with such horrific crimes is a far cry from the 'intelligent' and 'mature' young girl — then known as Allison Brooks — they knew growing...
    THIS is the shocking moment an alligator flipped the usual food chain and devoured a huge python. Photos show the alligator chewing on the lifeless python in the Shark Valley area of the Everglades National Park in Florida. 1The huge python made a tasty snack for the hungry alligatorCredit: Facebook/ Explore Big Cypress Pythons are considered an invasive creature in the Everglades, with the large snakes blamed for creating havoc to the South Florida’s ecosystem. “This generally doesn’t happen. For a gator to eat prey this big he/she has to tear it into bite-sized pieces - and a python doesn’t tear easily,” the South Florida Wildlands Association posted December 30. “Often the gator is hopelessly wrapped up by the python and in the process of being swallowed before it even knew what happened,” the association wrote. “We’re hoping that our native Florida gators have learned a trick or two and will become a first line of defense against this extremely destructive invasive.” It’s not clear though if just one alligator dined on the python or if several gators took turns...
    A giant reptile with a 56-feet-long body that weighed in at a whopping 40 tonnes prowled the ocean of what is now Nevada some 246 million years ago.  The creature — 'Cymbospondylus youngorum' — may have been Earth's first giant creature, palaeontologists led from the Universities of Bonn have reported. The fossil was extracted from a layer of Middle Triassic-aged rocks known as the Fossil Hill Member that outcrops in the remote Augusta Mountains.  C. youngorum is an example of an ichthyosaur, a highly-successful group of marine reptiles that first swam Earth's oceans between 250–90 million years ago.  Based on the age of the newly-identified species, it appears that ichthyosaurs evolved to such a vast size in just 3 million years — far faster than whales did. In one of life's little coincidences, the reptile's species name honours Tom and Bonda Young, owners of the Great Basin Brewery of Reno. And one of their popular brews is 'Icky beer' — which happens to feature an ichthyosaur on its label.  A giant reptile with a 56-feet-long body that weighed in at a whopping 40 tonnes...
    (CNN)Astronauts need to be in unparalleled physical and mental shape to handle the rigors of space -- writer Tom Wolfe famously described it as the "right stuff" in his 1979 book of the same name. NASA's latest class of would-be space sailors is no exception. But increasingly, you don't have to be a professional astronaut to go to space (Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa soared into orbit this week) and space agencies are, in some cases, rethinking what astronaut training means. The European Space Agency is, for example, exploring whether it's possible to train a person with physical disabilities. Here's to a future when us ordinary mortals can experience space travel. This is Katie Hunt, filling in for Ashley Strickland, in this edition of Wonder Theory.TrailblazersRead MoreNASA announced its 2021 class of astronaut candidates on December 6. Meet NASA's Artemis generation. The latest batch of astronaut candidates are an impressive bunch -- the cream of some 12,000 applicants. The six men and four women include a pilot who led the first all-woman F-22 formation in combat, a former member of the...
    (CNN)The bones of an extinct reptile tell a story of how this ancient creature took an 8-foot leap of faith in the air to take flight, new research has revealed. The pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus, the largest known flying animal that ever lived, boasted a 40-foot (12-meter) wingspan that would allow it to soar through the sky, according to a research collection published Wednesday by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.Scientists were puzzled for decades at how such a large creature could fly, said coauthor Matthew Brown, director of vertebrate paleontology collections at The University of Texas in Austin. After years of research, Brown's team discovered Quetzalcoatlus likely flew by launching itself 8 feet (2.4 meters) in the air. Stunning paleoart shows what dinosaurs really looked likeIt took nearly 50 years between the time the bones were discovered in Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, Texas, and when scientists could determine how the creature flew. Brown attributes that to the painstakingly slow process of unearthing the bones.Read MoreLike many other flying species during that time, this pterosaur had bones that were...
    The world's largest pterosaur jumped in the air so it could get off the ground to be able to fly 70 million years ago, a new study has found.  Experts analysed fossils of Quetzalcoatlus – the largest known animal to take to the sky – found in Big Bend National Park in west Texas, to estimate its launch sequence.  They say the mammoth creature likely jumped at least 8 feet to get airborne before lifting off by sweeping its massive wingspan, which measured up to 40 feet.  Its launch method was similar to egrets and herons today, but it was more like a modern-day condor and vulture in terms of how it gracefully soared through the air.  Quetzalcoatlus was warm-blooded and is thought to have had hair instead of feathers and no tail, likely to improve its maneuverability. It walked on two legs, but because its forelimb bones were so elongated, its wings could not avoid touching the ground when folded.  Pterosaurs weren't dinosaurs, but a group of flying reptiles that lived during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods (228 to 66...
    A terrifying 14-feet-long reptile that roamed the Serengeti-like landscape of Wyoming 155 million years ago was the 'uncle' of all modern crocodiles. This is the conclusion of a team of researchers led from Hokkaido University, who have identified a new species belonging to the croc-like 'goniopholidid' family. The fossil of 'Amphicotyleus milesi' was unearthed in the East Camarasaurus Quarry — named after the dinosaur finds from the site — in Wyoming's Albany County. According to the palaeontologists, in life A. milesi would have weighed in at nearly half-a-ton and sported a mouth packed with 30 two-inch-long razor-sharp teeth. A terrifying 14-feet-long reptile that roamed the Serengeti-like landscape of Wyoming 155 million years ago was the 'uncle' of all modern crocodiles. Pictured: an artist's impression of Amphicotyleus milesi menacing a larger camarasaurus at a watering hole This is the conclusion of a team of researchers led from Hokkaido University, who have identified a new species belonging to the croc-like 'goniopholidid' family. Pictured: the fossilHOW DO CROCODILES  AND ALLIGATORS DIFFER?Snout: Alligators have wider, U-shaped snouts, while crocodile are more pointed and V-shaped. Smile: Crocodiles look like they're flashing...
    TEEN Mom fans slammed star Briana DeJesus for buying her kids a gecko without even knowing how to “properly” take care of the reptile. The MTV personality, 27, revealed the new family member with a photo of her daughter Nova, 10, holding the tiny pet in her hands. 4Briana DeJesus revealed she got her daughters a new gecko as a petCredit: Instagram/@_brianadejesus 4She showed a video of her kids Nova and Stella playing with the reptileCredit: Instagram / Briana Dejesus The tween was all smiles as she held up the gecko, but her mom admitted she bought the reptile before finding out all the responsibilities that go into its care. With the sweet snapshot on her Instagram Story, Briana wrote: “Welcome to the family Hyuku,” along with a red heart emoji. She clarified to fans that Hyuku is a leopard gecko. Along with the introduction, she went on to ask followers to send over “tips on how to properly care for him,” sharing that she didn’t yet know. Fans blasted the Teen Mom for not being prepared and for not...
    A western diamondback rattlesnake - a venomous reptile with a deadly bite - was photographed lurking in an Arizona backyard, but it was camouflaged so well that some studying the image struggled to spot it. Rattlesnake Solutions - a snake removal and rattlesnake control service based in Phoenix and Tucson - posted a picture on Facebook of a rocky slope and asked followers whether they could find the serpent in the scene. Some couldn't. 'I still don't see it,' Phillip Floyd said after examining the image. 'Somebody show me.' The spot-the-snake challenge highlights how easy it can be to unknowingly cross paths with the dangerous creature, which some experts say is responsible for the most snake fatalities in the nation. Arizona-based Rattlesnake Solutions  posted a picture on Facebook of a rocky hill and asked followers whether they could spot the serpent in the scene. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Maryland homeowner who tried to get rid of a snake... Terrifying moment picnicking family returns to their car to... Share this article Share...
    A huge, swordfish-like creature with a veritable 'arsenal of teeth' swam the shallow waters of what is today Colombia some 130 million years ago, a study has found. Researchers from McGill University reanalysed fossilised remains that were unearthed near Villa de Leyva in Colombia's Boyacá department back in the 1970s. The specimen has a stunningly preserved, 3-feet-long skull, and  is an ichthyosaur, an order of marine reptiles that lived from 250–90 million years ago. In 1997, experts assigned the fossil to the genus platypterygius, a grouping some have said is a 'wastebasket' taxon used to classify species that don't fit elsewhere. Yet fresh study of the skull, which is held in the Colombian National Geological Museum in Bogotá, has revealed that it belongs to a new genus — 'Kyhytysuka'. The revelation, the team said, is helping to refine our understanding of the ichthyosaur family tree and how its members evolved.  Scroll down for video A huge, swordfish-like creature (depicted in an artist's impression) with a veritable 'arsenal of teeth' swam the water of what is today Colombia some 130 million years ago, a...
    A 'massive' three-inch funnel-web spider capable of biting through a human fingernail has left handlers at an Australian reptile park stunned.  The eight-legged beast, dubbed the 'Megaspider', was handed in to the Australian Reptile Park (ARP) in New South Wales this week.  The animal, which usually measures just one to five centimetres (0.3 to 1.9 inches), was found in a Tupperware box at one of the park's drop-off points dotted around Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle - sparking a hunt to find the person who handed it in.  An eight-centimetre funnel-web spider, dubbed the 'Megaspider', was handed into the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales this week (pictured on a cap from the park) The park says Megaspider is the biggest funnel-web they have ever received  The animal was handed in to one of the park's several drop off points inside a Tupperware box (pictured)  The park regularly encourages members of the public to safely catch funnel-web spiders for its anti-venom programme, and says the Megaspider is the biggest they have ever seen.  Michael Tate, Education Officer of...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Fish, amphibians, and reptiles are ectothermic animals, meaning their internal temperature is dependent on the environment. Due to climate change, rising global temperatures will increase the body temperatures of ectothermic animals, causing serious consequences for these species. A study published in Global Change Biology shows the effect of climate change on the aging rates of fish, amphibians, and reptiles. An increase in temperature likely increases the growth rate of ectothermic animals and may also cause heat stress as a result of increased exposure to heatwaves. “Heat waves take animals out of their thermal preferences, to the point even of reaching their temperature tolerance limits. The longer and more frequent the heat waves, the greater their impact on the physiology of ectotherms,” Germán Orizaola, the study’s co-author and researcher at the Joint Institute for Biodiversity Research of the University of Oviedo, explained to SINC. “Higher growth rates will generate physiological imbalances in ectotherms, increasing, for example, oxidative damage to the proteins and DNA, which may also affect the telomeres, the repeated...
    A Sydneysider living in the city's urbanised eastern suburbs has been left shocked after discovering a snake on her balcony.   The woman shared a photo on social media of the unlikely visitor basking on her outdoor furniture on Wednesday.  The juvenile python appeared to have been nestled behind the lounge's back cushions before emerging to slither across one of the arms.  'Has anyone lost a snake? We have a surprise visitor in North Bondi!' she wrote in a local Facebook group.   A shocked Sydneysider discovered a python slithering across her Bondi balcony on Wednesday The peculiar sighting left locals astonished, with some insisting the area was no longer safe. 'Selling house immediately,' one person commented.  'Holy s**t,' another added, while someone else wrote: 'Omg. I would die.'  'Now that I [have] overcome my magpies fear, this [happens],' a fourth said.   Others joked the reptile was definitely a local.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Snake catcher's grim warning after finding 'extra-large... Terrifying moment giant python is spotted hiding in the... Share this article Share...
    Australians have been left scratching their heads after being asked to find a snake hidden deep in the bush. A photo was shared on the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers Facebook page on with social media users given the hint that the reptile was a 'fan of climbing'. The snake wasn't easy to find in a sea of leaves and branches but some eagle-eyed Aussies managed to eventually spot the carpet python hanging off a tree.  Australians have been asked to spot the snake hiding in the bush in Queensland's Sunshine Coast  The python had slithered up the side of a tree and was seen hanging between the branches - much to the frustration of those trying to guess where it was. 'I'm never going to the bush again,' one terrified person wrote. 'Ok they camouflage so nicely I could never find them,' another said. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Spine-tingling moment fearless woman catches a deadly... Would you risssssk it? Terrified man finds a massive olive... Share this article Share Fortunately...
    CAN you spot the sneaky snake hiding amongst the trees in this forest? Social media users have been left scratching their heads after Aussie snake catchers shared the picture of the deadly reptile lurking amongst the picturesque greenery. 3Can you spot the deadly snake lurking amongst the trees?Credit: Jam Press Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional snake-catching service based in Queensland, uploaded the brainteaser to their Facebook page after they were called out to a worksite in Mooloolaba. The savvy snake catchers wrote in the puzzling post: "Name the species if and when you find the snake. "Hint: This snake blends into this type of environment and loves climbing PS: YES there is a snake here....." The master of disguise managed to camouflage itself so well that some users were convinced there was nothing to see. CAMOUFLAGE CHAMPION "OK if I could, I would circle the whole photo," one joked. Another baffled commenter complained, "This makes my head hurt!" "Sorry, still don’t see a snake…guess I should never go walking in the forest," another added. One scoffed, "It’s a...
    Authorities arrested a Florida man for allegedly stealing an alligator from a mini-golf course and repeatedly attempting to throw it up on the rooftop of a building, police said. William “Bubba” Hodge allegedly stole the alligator from a Congo River Golf enclosure in Daytona Beach early Friday, then repeatedly attempted to throw the animal onto the Metz Lounge roof in order to “teach it a lesson,” authorities said, according to WKMG. While holding it by the tail, the 32-year-old suspect allegedly slammed the reptile against the ground and an awning then dropped the gator and stomped on it twice. Hodge admitted to jumping over the enclosure’s fence where he wrestled the gator before managing to steal it, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Justice Department Accuses ‘Tiger King’ Star Jeffrey Lowe And Wife Lauren Of Animal Abuse) Officers said the man, William “Bubba” Hodge tried to throw it onto the roof of a nearby business before slamming it down on the ground by its tail. https://t.co/wpnKxnXA31 — WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) July 15, 2021 Hodge is currently residing in the Volusia...
    An Austrian woman was given a nasty surprise after a snake appeared on her toilet, just days after a man was bitten in the 'genital area' by a reptile lurking in his loo. Eva Kastner, 68, was left gobsmacked after going into her bathroom in her Vienna apartment only to find a 3ft 3ins long python slithering on her toilet seat on Friday. Ms Kastner took a photo of the reptilian intruder and sent it to the police, who called the wildlife service to remove the lurking snake. Expert workers retrieved the python from Ms Kastner's bathroom and took it to an animal shelter, before it was later transferred to the Forchtenstein Reptiles Zoo. Police received a call from an apartment in the capital Vienna after Eva Kastner, 68, spotted a 3ft 3ins long python slithering on her toilet seat (pictured) on Friday It remains unclear where the large reptile had come from and who it belonged to. The bizarre incident came just four days after a man, from the southern city of Graz, got the fright of his life when...
    The owner of a venomous spitting zebra cobra that terrorized a North Carolina neighborhood faces 40 charges after authorities discovered that the reptile had been on the loose for months without being reported lost.   TikTok star and snake enthusiast Christopher Michael Gifford, 21, is accused of multiple violations of state regulations in connection to his ownership of snakes.  On June 29, a Raleigh resident reported that they had found a zebra cobra outside their home - leading to neighbors locking themselves in their homes out of fear.    After a two day search, animal control captured the venomous snake.  Christopher Michael Gifford, 21 (pictured) is facing 40 misdemeanor charges that allege he violated state regulations in connection to his ownership of snakes On June 29 a Raleigh resident reported that they had found a zebra cobra (pictured)  outside their home, leading to a neighbors staying in their homes out of fear After a two day search animal control  was able to capture the captured the venomous zebra cobra on the loose in a North Carolina neighborhood  @the_giff So...
    A ZEBRA cobra is on the loose in Raleigh, California after it escaped from a residential home. The 5ft long snake sparked panic after vanishing on Tuesday evening, and Police have since roped off the area of concern. 3A 5ft long cobra is on the loose in Raleigh, CaliforniaCredit: Getty What is a zebra cobra? A zebra cobra, also known as a Naja nigricincta, is a species of sitting cobra that originates from regions of Southern Africa. The black-and-brown snake is identified by its light, vertical stripes. Growing up to 5 feet, it is largely nocturnal, and is often found while crossing roads at night. It’s primary form of defense is spiting. How dangerous are zebra cobras? According to the African Snake Bite Institution, Zebra Cobras are “very dangerous.” Venom from the snake can potentially cause pain, swelling, blistering and tissue damage. The snake can spit venom from as far away as 9 feet. The institute added that, while the snake is usually "shy," it’s known to spit quickly if threatened or cornered. 3The snake is considered 'very dangerous'Credit:...
    As famous for its laid-back, bohemian vibe as its golden beaches and turquoise waters, it is easy to understand why twins Georgia and Melissa Laurie gravitated towards Puerto Escondido, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, during their backpacking adventure. The biggest draw of the idyllic fishing town, however, is its proximity to the Manialtepec lagoon, ten miles to the north, where millions of tiny plankton emit ultraviolet light, lending the lagoon an ethereal glow at night. It was here that 28-year-old Georgia and Melissa travelled on Sunday, and their once-in-a-lifetime trip turned into a nightmare, when Melissa was attacked by a crocodile, which her twin literally fought off with her bare hands. And it was near here, at a $19 (£13) hostel, that the Daily Mail tracked down heroic Georgia this week.  Standing by the pool, surrounded by young — mostly European — people, only the bandage on her hand marked her out as the brave young woman who'd fought for her twin sister's life. Having reportedly booked a tour of the lagoon at their hostel — with a...
    This is the moment a surprisingly nimble monitor lizard gave 'more than 10' animal rescuers a run for their money.  The 4ft-long reptile was spotted after entering a property in Thailand through a hole in the fence.  Video captures the slapstick moment the  40lb creature gave animal rescuers the run around, darting between them, underneath tables and through fences in a bid to escape in Kamphaeng Phet province on May 14.
    PLACERVILLE (CBS13) – An El Dorado County family is asking for the community’s help after days of hunting for an elusive escapee, their 100-pound tortoise. Days of searching on foot have them asking for help with search dogs or drones. The Gaisor family’s affinity for their animals is part of what drew them to Placerville a few months ago. The quiet, peaceful pace is perfect for their slowest of pets, Celest. READ MORE: Fairfield Man Convicted Of Deadly 2011 Shooting At Woodland Bar That Killed Gabriel Villareal Ibarra “He’s kind of a living dinosaur,” said Tim Gaisor. “It’s a very unique kind of pet.” Unique, yet at times elusive. The food-motivated reptile, his owner Clara says, loves leaves and grass. He’s always up for an adventure, often trying to escape under fences, but is usually watched closely. “He sees something else,” Clara said. “He’s off – he’ll get himself stuck.” This past week, he broke out from his enclosure and was last seen at Serenity Drive home, near Holm Road. “It’s like a needle in the haystack,” said Tim, describing...
    The oldest-known true opposed thumb has been found on a new species of tree-dwelling flying reptile found in China that lived around 160 million years ago.  Dubbed 'Monkeydactyl', the small Jurassic pterosaur — which had a 2.8 foot (85 cm) wingspan — was uncovered from the 'Tiaojishan' rock formations of Liaoning, China. The opposed thumb, known to scientists as a 'pollex', can be found in mammals and some tree frogs but, with the exception of the chameleon, is rare among reptiles.  The new find reveals that the so-called 'Darwinopteran' pterosaurs like Monkeydactyl also evolved opposed thumbs, a structure never before seen in flying reptiles.  The oldest-known true opposed thumb has been found on a new species of tree-dwelling flying reptile (depicted above) found in China that lived around 160 million years ago 'The fingers of "Monkeydactyl" are tiny and partly embedded in the slab,' said palaeontologist Fion Waisum Ma of the University of Birmingham. Pictured: the Kunpengopterus antipollicatus fossil specimen, which is housed in the Beipiao Pterosaur Museum of China OPPOSED THUMBS VS  OPPOSABLE THUMBS Opposed thumbs are those fixed opposite the fingers...
    A SLIPPERY customer is hiding somewhere in the thick leaves - but trying to find it has left people "cross-eyed". The baffling snap was shared on social media by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional snake-catching service located in Queensland, Australia. 3Can you spot where snake is hidingCredit: Jam Press It’s part of a game to see who can spot elusive serpents hiding in the greenery. But the snake’s mind-boggling camouflage has made it almost impossible to spot and left Facebook users completely "stumped". “If my life depended on spotting the snake, I’d be dead," one person joked. “This is why I don’t go anywhere – I’d be dead,” another person agreed. Someone else said they were going “cross-eyed” trying to hunt for the pesky reptile. 3It's right by the red ringCredit: Jam Press One person was so stumped they even compared it to a game of Where’s Wally. Another person agreed, begging the team to put a striped jumper and beanie on the snake to give them a better chance at spotting it. One person didn’t struggle and believed...
    A SNEAKY reptile hiding on a tree trunk has sent TikTok users into a frenzy. The clip was filmed in Madagascar by wildlife biologist and TV host Forrest Galante. 4The clip was filmed in Madagascar by wildlife biologist and TV host Forrest GalanteCredit: Jam Press 4The gecko was on the tree in the frame all alongCredit: Jam Press The host can be seen standing in the jungle next to a slim tree while telling viewers: "A lot of people don't realise that there are all kinds of wildlife right around us, that we don't even see". "For instance, do you see anything right now?" he asked the audience. The biologist then glanced down towards the tiny gecko - which was in the frame all along. The creature was hidden on the tree trunk. “I watched it three times, saw where it was, and still couldn’t find it," wrote one perplexed TikTok user. “For real thought it was a cut in the tree,” another added. “Imagine trying to grab a tree and you grab one of them," another person added. Some...
    An eight-year-old boy has been cut out of the stomach of a crocodile after he was swallowed whole in Indonesia.   Dimas Mulkan Saputra was fishing in a river with his father when he strayed from the shore in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Wednesday morning. A 26ft long crocodile then dragged Dimas away as the boy's father Subliansyah chased the reptile. An eight-year-old boy has been cut out of the stomach of a crocodile after he was swallowed whole in Indonesia Subliansyah punched the animal to try and make it release his son but the crocodile sank into the depths and disappeared. The animal swallowed Dimas whole without even chewing. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Horrified father discovers two NEEDLES 'deliberately stuck... The king of beers! Clever Kingfisher finds new perch - on... Share this article Share The crocodile was found nearby on Thursday and Dimas's body was cut out fully intact but lifeless in the village of Muara Bengalon in Bengalon District. A local search and rescue agency official known as...
    A DEADLY snake found the perfect hiding place which made it look practically invisible. A mind-boggling photo of the sneaky reptile has left Facebook users baffled. 7Can you spot the camouflaged snake?Credit: Jam Press The image was taken in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. It has inspired hundreds of people to attempt to find the deadly snake - but plenty have been left racking their brains. The photo shows the venomous reptile camouflaged as it slithers amid a patch of thick grass and leaves. It was shared at the weekend by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers - a professional snake catching service - as part of their weekly game ‘Spot the Snake Sunday’. 7The snake was hiding perfectly in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast in QueenslandCredit: Jam Press The post reads: "Happy Sunday Snake lovers! Another action-packed week for us with snakes on the move through all forms of weather activity! “Spot the Snake Sunday today, a little harder than last weeks so best of luck!” "This is a hard one!! The more I look the more everything turns...
    An Australian couple have been slammed for setting their car's window wipers onto a carpet python that slithered onto the windscreen while they were driving. A three-metre long carpet snake slithered onto the bonnet of Melissa Hudson and her partner Rodney Griggs' car as they drove along the Bruce Highway to Alligator Creek in north Queensland.   The couple laughed and screamed as the snake started to slide across the bonnet of the car before Mr Griggs hit it with a flurry of swipes from the window wipers. An Australian couple have been slammed for setting window wipers onto a python that had slithered onto the windscreen of their car A thick carpet snake slinkered onto the front window as Melissa Hudson and her partner Rodney Griggs' drove to Alligator Creek in north Queensland Some social media users were not impressed by the video, and said the couple should have pulled over to let the serpent go.  'Poor snake..... it was on the OUTSIDE!!!! Not sure why the freak out and hurting it with the wipers,' one commenter remarked...
    Today we have notes for you about a cycle of films from the UNAM Film Library, the discovery of a very tiny chameleon, the story of a man who found his lost wallet at the end of the world and more. .embed-container {position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed {position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } A beautiful interior light / Un beau soleil intérieur is one of the films that will be available. UNAM Film Library presents the cycle Love and Circumstances The UNAM Film Library and the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), through their FilminLatino platform, have organized the cycle: Love and Circumstances, made up of feature films and short films from Mexico, France, Belgium, Spain and Cuba, which will offer an overview of love stories in different circumstances and times. Along with the cycle will be available a gallery of The Woman of the Port and Girls in Uniform, both classic films of Mexican cinematography. Each sample presents a selection of original,...
    OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Air Force launches probe into Andrews access | Pentagon approves help for FEMA | Navy boot camp instructor dies of COVID-19 NY, NJ governors make joint plea for federal COVID-19 relief, SALT repeal Newly Discovered Itty-Bitty Chameleon Could Be the Worlds Smallest Reptile Get ready to squint! © Provided by People FRANK GLAW HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock The Brookesia nana is a tiny chameleon species that was first found in the rainforests of northern Madagascar in 2012, according to The Associated Press. The little lizard was recently classified as its own species and is now a fresh contender for the title of World's Smallest Reptile. © FRANK GLAW HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock The smallest Brookesia nana chameleon found so far is just 13.5-millimeters-long The scientists from Madagascar and Germany that classified and named the Brookesia nana chameleon studied a male specimen for their work. This subject was just 13.5-millimeters-long — small enough to easily fit on a fingertip. The specimen's tiny size has international researchers wondering if the Brookesia nana is the smallest reptile in the world. The current record holder is...
    (CNN)The smallest known reptile in the world can fit on your fingertip. It's known as Brookesia nana, or "nano-chameleon," and it's a blotchy brown lizard that usually doesn't surpass an inch in body length. Before 2012, biologists didn't know it existed. But the researchers who discovered it are still stumped as to why it stays so small when most vertebrates grow in size as they mature. Brookesia nana is different from any other vertebrate and other chameleon species. It can't change color, and it's more comfortable on the forest floor than in trees. National Park Service interns unearthed fossils of a bizarre 220-million-year-old reptileThe unique chameleon is spotlighted in an article published last week in the journal Scientific Reports. Read MoreIn 2012, leading herpetologist Frank Glaw and other German researchers traveled to the rainforests of Madagascar, one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, in search of previously unknown reptile and amphibian species. What they found surprised them."We expected to find some new species, but not specifically the smallest chameleon," Glaw and Oliver Hawlitschek, study coauthor, said in an...
    A couple could not believe their eyes when they woke up to discover a crocodile in their swimming pool. Jacob Breytenbach and his wife Angel, from Moedwil, in the North West province of South Africa, were checking their security cameras before letting their pets out when they spotted the 10ft reptile lurking at the bottom of their pool. The couple called a team of animal specialists to help remove the creature from their property and footage captured by Mr Breytenbach shows the men trying to hook a rope around the reptile's jaws to haul it out of the water. A team of animal specialists try to remove the crocodile after it was found by Jacob and Angel Breytenbach at their home in Moedwil, South Africa Members of staff try to loop the rope around the crocodile's mouth and remove it from the pool As the team try to get the rope around its mouth, Mrs Breytenbach shouts: 'Jump on its teeth! Straight on its back, there you go. I'm Australian I've seen it done before.' The team...
    Office workers were left shocked after a highly venomous snake poked its head out from beneath their kitchen microwave.  The metre-long eastern tiger snake was found curled up behind the appliance in the staff kitchen of the Parks Victoria office at Templestowe in Melbourne.   Veteran wrangler Mark Pelley was called to the scene to remove the deadly snake on January 11. A deadly eastern tiger snake has been caught hiding under a microwave  'I opened the cupboard, which had the microwave inside, and a head popped out from underneath,' Mr Pelley told the Herald Sun. He removed the microwave from the cupboard and safely caught the snake in minutes. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Photo of one of the world's most venomous snakes hiding in a... 'Keep an eye on your dog': Massive python wider than a TREE... Share this article Share Mr Pelley said the snake was likely seeking shelter from the hot weather. He said it was the first time he had been called to remove a snake from beneath...
    A fearsome jaguar battled with a thrashing caiman in a terrifying clash caught on camera. The dramatic pictures were captured in the Pantanal in Brazil, the largest wetlands in the world. The big cat had its jaws around the neck of the 8ft yacare caiman as they exchanged blows in the Cuiaba River.  A fearsome jaguar battled with a thrashing caiman in a terrifying clash caught on camera The big cat had its jaws around the neck of the 8ft yacare caiman as they exchanged blows in the Cuiaba River The battle was over in minutes after the jaguar dragged the reptile to land by its jaws and devoured it.  Photographer Leighton Lum, 32, said: 'This jaguar attack was over in minutes, all we saw was a big splash.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next A new set of eleph-antlers! Clumsy antelope tries to get an... Fury as South African animal sanctuary lets a CrossFit gym... Share this article Share 'From the time we got there it had already made its...
    A 10-foot male alligator dubbed the 'Dollar Store Gator' has been rescued from a city in Texas after residents started throwing glass and rocks at the mammoth reptile.  The alligator, which weighs 400 pounds, was given the moniker after lurking around Dollar General in Port Aransas, according to animal control officer Richard Gleason. Licensed trappers Gary and Shannon Saurage, from Beaumont, Texas, spent nearly five hours transferring the alligator to a truck on Monday.   The 10-foot male alligator (pictured) dubbed the 'Dollar Store Gator' has been rescued from a city in Texas after residents started throwing glass and rocks at the mammoth reptile Six men were seen lifting the mighty alligator onto the back of a truck after pinning the reptile down as people gathered to watch.  Meanwhile two officers were pictured using all of their strength to clamp down the jaw of the alligator.  'He's been showing up on and off for months to the point where half the island was feeding him, and the other half was throwing things at him like glass, rocks and other items,' Mr...
    A Florida man said it was adrenaline that sent him desperately diving into a pond to save his beloved dog from the mighty jaws of an alligator.  Richard Wilbanks, 74, was walking his three-month-old Cavalier King Cocker Spaniel, 'Gunner,' near their Esteros home last month when the daring save occurred.  '[The alligator] just came out from under the water like a missile, grabbed Gunner and went right back in the water with him,' Richard told Good Morning America.   Richard Wilbanks (left), pictured with his wife Louis Wilbanks, said he was walking his dog last month when an alligator snatched the dog and pulled him into the water  saved the puppy from getting eaten by an alligator and never dropped his cigar, a true legend pic.twitter.com/ryRSfZqOsy— juan vidal (@itsjuanlove) November 22, 2020  'It all happened so fast. It was just reaction and adrenaline.' The heart-pounding footage was shared so social media this week, where one clip shared to Twitter collected more than 11.4 million views in 24 hours.    In the video, Gunner can be heard yelping and barking as the...
    Two-headed snakes were typically seen as idols in ancient mythology, but the rare creature has recently been spotted in our modern-day world. Florida wildlife officials are caring for a Southern black racer snake with separate moving tongues and heads. The snake has a condition called bicephaly, which occurs when two monozygotic twins do not separate while in the embryo development stage, resulting in a creature born with two heads on a single body. Officials say the snake will remain in captivity because it makes different decisions with having separate brains that inhibit its ability to feed or elude predators.  Scroll down for video  Florida wildlife officials are caring for a Southern black racer snake with separate moving tongues and heads. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) shared images of the rare snake on its Facebook page, saying it was found slithering around a home. ‘A rare two-headed southern black racer was recently found at a residence in Palm Harbor by Kay Rogers and family, reads the post. ‘Both head's tongue flick and react to movement, but not...
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