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January 11 2013

A Snake On A Plane: Scrub Python Hitches a Ride

Qantas has dealt with its own “snakes on a plane” drama after passengers spotted a nearly 10-foot long scrub python clinging to the wing of an aircraft mid-flight. The snake somehow hitched a ride on the Cairns-to-Port Moresby flight yesterday morning, January 10. This snake on a plane posed no threat to the passengers, and…

October 9 2012

Lesson Learned, Eating Too Many Bugs Can Kill You

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Oct. 8  –According to UPI, a 32-year-old Florida man ate dozens of cockroaches and worms to win a contest. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he died. Edward Archbold of West Palm Beach went outside after winning the contest at the Ben Siegal Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, FL…

March 21 2012

Snake Update: Justin Bieber's Johnson

Justin Bieber sure knows how to impress the girls; his Johnson is the way to their hearts. Johnson is a young Boa Constrictor, who was Beiber’s “date” for an music awards show. The RAD Zoo Owatonna, MN landed the reptile. According to news reports, Michael Kronick, owner of Minneapolis-based celebrity memorabilia website Startifacts, won the…

December 27 2011

Venomous Snake Contributes to Cancer Treatment

This one is for those idiots who randomly kill snakes, particularly if they are venomous. A promising possibility exist for treating colorectal and we can thank sharp-nosed vipers for this possibility. A protein in the venon from this species (Deinagkistrodon acutus),has been shown to shrink the size of colorectal tumors in mice by 28 percent in…

September 6 2011

Snakes in His Pants

I believe security at the airport is inconsistent, and often attention is focused on the wrong people. I travel enough to tell many stories – here’s one, a man who had to be near 90 (or over) was told, “Get up and walk through (the X-Ray device and screening).” His wife – no spring chicken…

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