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Some 1,000 snake charmers have staged a rally in eastern India, protesting against a law that has made their profession illegal.


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A Kenyan man bit a python which wrapped him in its coils and dragged him up a tree during a fierce three-hour struggle


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In the lab, blindfolded snakes can strike a running rat behind the ears to avoid its sharp teeth. It must be seeing more than just a warm blob.


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I get all sorts of reactions when I carry my boa constrictor around town. Some people ask me about it, but others are suspicious and make remarks. I don’t want to threaten anyone, so I stay away if anyone looks scared. Sometimes, shops won’t let me in, and my doctor won’t allow the snake in her office. I have to accept that, but it won’t stop me from carrying Redrock. He’s changed my life. I have suffered from epilepsy for more than 20...


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A venomous snake that escaped in Germany triggering an extensive three-week hunt has been found dead, leaving its young owner facing a huge bill.


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Scientists have uncovered the mechanism behind the menacing "hood flare" which cobras use as a defensive display.


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Researchers examined records for 17 snake populations covering eight species over the last few decades, and found most had declined markedly.


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Scientists have used the latest imaging techniques to look inside a python that had just swallowed a rat whole. The resulting footage is part of a project using hi-tech scanning methods to explore animals' anatomy. It took 132 hours for snake to fully digest the rat, the scientists said. Their work has revealed other strange insights into python digestion.


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A cold snap last winter may have helped arrest the spread of Burmese pythons through the US state of Florida.


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Virgin births do occur among animals. Many invertebrates, such as insects, can produce offspring asexually, without ever having mated. They usually do this by cloning themselves, producing genetically identical offspring. But among vertebrate animals, it remains a novelty, having been documented among less than 0.1% of vertebrate species.


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Snails with shells that coil anti-clockwise are less likely to fall prey to snakes than their clockwise-coiling cousins, scientists have discovered. The arrangement of the snakes' teeth makes it difficult for the reptiles to grasp these "left-handed" snails. The effect of this advantage on the survival of Satsuma snails is so great, say the researchers, that they could separate into a distinct species.


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