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Florida police discover well-fed 12-foot python after residents complain of missing cats

Florida police discover well-fed 12-foot python after residents complain of missing cats

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) --Florida residents concerned about their missing cats received grim news Friday, when police discovered a 12-foot python near the body of a dead cat.
Matt Bradwell
Spread of Burmese pythons in Florida worries wildlife officials

Spread of Burmese pythons in Florida worries wildlife officials

MIAMI, July 15 (UPI) --Florida officials estimate there are likely now thousands of Burmese pythons slithering their way stealthily through the Everglades.
Brooks Hays
Florida congressional map gerrymandering illegal, judge rules

Florida congressional map gerrymandering illegal, judge rules

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) --Florida may be forced to redraw its congressional map after a judge ruled two districts were so gerrymandered that they make a "mockery" of the state's law.
Gabrielle Levy
Sticky frog tongue could lead to adhesive innovation

Sticky frog tongue could lead to adhesive innovation

KIEL, Germany, June 12 (UPI) --In a new study, German researchers detail the adhesive qualities of the tongue of the Amazon horned frog.
Brooks Hays
Meadow jumping mouse of New Mexico listed as endangered

Meadow jumping mouse of New Mexico listed as endangered

ALBUQUERQUE, June 11 (UPI) --The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as endangered in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.
Brooks Hays
Centipede and viper eat each other to death in Macedonia

Centipede and viper eat each other to death in Macedonia

GOLEM GRAD ISLAND, Macedonia, April 18 (UPI) -- Scientists discover a dead young female nose-horned viper with a centipede having eaten its way out of the snake's stomach.
Brooks Hays
54th Annual Rattlesnake Rodeo in Alabama attracts thousands of weekend guests

54th Annual Rattlesnake Rodeo in Alabama attracts thousands of weekend guests

OPP, Ala., April 14 (UPI) -- Rattlesnake Rodeo in Alabama celebrated the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake for the 54th time over the weekend in Opp.
Evan Bleier

Afghanistan denies execution of 23 Pakistani soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's Interior Ministry Saturday strongly rejected claims by Pakistan it had executed 23 members of a Pakistani security force.
Katy Perry channels Cleopatra in new 'Dark Horse' music video

Katy Perry channels Cleopatra in new 'Dark Horse' music video

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Katy Perry gives Cleopatra a colorful twist for her new "Dark Horse" music video.
Annie Martin
U.N. report tells of 'unspeakable atrocities' in North Korea

U.N. report tells of 'unspeakable atrocities' in North Korea

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- North Korea commits crimes against humanity, including "murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions," says a U.N. report released Monday.
Snake-handling pastor Jamie Coots dies from rattler bite

Snake-handling pastor Jamie Coots dies from rattler bite

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Ky., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Snake-handling pastor and "Snake Salvation" star Jamie Coots died after being bitten by a rattlesnake and refusing treatment on Saturday in Kentucky.
Evan Bleier

Snake-handling Kentucky preacher dies after rattler bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A snake-handling preacher died in Kentucky this weekend after being bitten by a rattlesnake during a church service and refusing medical care, his family said.
Scientists locate new connection between fear and behavior in brain

Scientists locate new connection between fear and behavior in brain

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists say they've discovered a new neural circuit linking deep fears with the area of the brainstem that controls behavior.
Brooks Hays

Hundreds of pythons, mostly dead, found in house in California

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Police said they found hundreds of dead pythons and two living ones Wednesday in the house of a Southern California elementary school teacher.

Hundreds of pythons found in elementary school teacher's home

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- California police arrested William Fredrick Buchman after finding hundreds of dead and nearly dead pythons inside his home.
Kate Stanton
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Snakes
A two-headed Carpet Python slithers on a rock as it is introduced to the public at the World Aquarium in St. Louis on October 11, 2007. The snake, born in Kansas City in August, originates in Australia and New Zealand can live up to 25 years and will grow to be 12 feet long. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Snakes are elongate legless carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Like lizards, from which they evolved, they have loosely articulated skulls and most can swallow prey much larger than their own head. In order to accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes' paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca.

Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica. Fifteen families are currently recognized comprising 456 genera and over 2,900 species. They range in size from the tiny, 10 cm long thread snake to pythons and anacondas of up to 7.6 m (25 ft) in length. The recently discovered fossil Titanoboa was 13 m or 43 ft long. Snakes are thought to have evolved from either burrowing or aquatic lizards during the Cretaceous period (c 150 Ma). The diversity of modern snakes appeared during the Paleocene period (c 66 to 56 Ma).

Most species are non-venomous and those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense. Some possess venom potent enough to cause painful injury or death to humans.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Snakes."
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