Posts Tagged ‘Snakes’

Boy Cuddles & Plays With His 20-Ft. Pet Python

June 19, 2008

Man orders pet python to attack police officers

June 19, 2008

Bridgeport police say they arrested a city man after he ordered his pet to attack two officers. Lucky for them that 9-foot-long pythons aren’t very obedient.

Police Lt. James Viadero says 21-year-old Victor Rodriguez was charged with threatening police and disorderly conduct after Monday’s incident. No one was hurt.

Officers were called to Rodriguez’s apartment on a report that he was threatening his girlfriend with the pet reptile.

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Cats trap endangered snake, local man warns neighbors

June 12, 2008

Charlie Stephens said his three cats surprised an eastern massasauga rattlesnake at his Port Huron residence on Monday.

“I happened to step out to get the mail and I noticed three of my cats were sitting in a triangle looking at the ground,” he said. “I thought at first they were watching some bird that they had found.

“I walked over to them and they were looking at this snake that was crawling through my front yard in the grass.”

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Mom finds snake coiled on baby’s leg in crib

June 11, 2008

A Long Island animal shelter is a temporary home for a 1-foot-long snake that a mother found coiled on her 7-month-old daughter’s leg as the baby slept in a crib.

Cari Abatemarco of upstate Troy says she was visiting family in Brentwood last week when her baby’s cries woke her one night. She tells Newsday that she found a snake wrapped around her daughter’s leg.

Abatemarco says she lifted her daughter and the snake fell off. A relative removed the snake from the crib and placed it in a bucket until animal control officers arrived.

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Scientists Announce Top 10 New Species In Last Year

May 28, 2008

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists — scientists responsible for species exploration and classification — has just announced the top 10 new species described in 2007.

On the list are an ornate sleeper ray, with a name that sucks: Electrolux; a 75-million-year-old giant duck-billed dinosaur; a shocking pink millipede; a rare, off-the-shelf frog; one of the most venomous snakes in the world; a fruit bat; a mushroom; a jellyfish named after its victim; a life-imitates-art “Dim” rhinoceros beetle; and the “Michelin Man” plant.

The taxonomists are also issuing a SOS — State of Observed Species report card on human knowledge of Earth’s species. In it, they report that 16,969 species new to science were discovered and described in 2006. The SOS report was compiled by ASU’s International Institute for Species Exploration in partnership with the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, the International Plant Names Index, and Thompson Scientific, publisher of Zoological Record.

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Giant Pythons Could Spread Quickly Across South

May 19, 2008

As if killer bees and kudzu weren’t enough, the southern United States may soon have another invasive species to contend with — giant Burmese pythons capable of swallowing deer and alligators whole.

Approximately 30,000 of the big snakes, which can reach 30 feet and 200 pounds, already live wild in Florida’s Everglades, thanks to thick-headed pet owners who’ve released them into the swamps when they’ve grown too large to keep at home.

But now the U.S. Geological Survey says Florida is not the only place the Burmese python can thrive.

n fact, the big beasts, which are not poisonous and rarely attack humans, could live happily in the entire southern third of the country, from Southern California to Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley and up the Eastern Seaboard to Chesapeake Bay.

All it would take would be enough pet releases in various locations to create a breeding population.

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NYPD: Monkeys and snakes are service animals, too

May 4, 2008

That monkey on the subway? Illegal in New York City, but not if the owner has a disability. The guy with the snake on the bus? Leave him alone. He needs it for emotional support.

The New York Police Department Patrol Guide, a thick and getting thicker collection of rules and regulations, has been amended to let officers know that guide dogs for the blind are not the only creatures considered service animals — and to give them a better understanding of which straphangers and bus riders are allowed to have members of the animal kingdom as riding partners.

Now, according to the Patrol Guide, it is not just the blind who can have service animals, but those afflicted with epilepsy, heart disease, lung disease and other medical conditions, namely those who say they need an animal to provide them psychological reassurance.

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Burton, Michigan eyes ban on exotic animals

April 27, 2008

Alligators, venomous snakes and poisonous spiders aren’t welcome in the city, according to The Burton News’ Web site,

That’s the word from the city’s legislative committee, which held a special session Wednesday after receiving reports of an alligator in a DeCamp Street house. Committee members recommended adopting a proposed ordinance to ban keeping exotic or dangerous household pets.

If approved, the measure would require the city to give the owner of a banned animal 10 days to remove it from the home. The owner also could be required to show proof of where the animal was taken.

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Adopt a rescued rat!

April 26, 2008

[…] After being alerted by neighbors, Thurston County animal control officials served a search warrant on April 9 at the residence of Michele Diller, 64. They found that pet rats had ruined the house, chewing through walls, cupboards, drawers and wires, soaking carpets with urine and covering floors with feces. The officials removed a cat, four severely malnourished snakes, five mice and two rats.

Since then, county health officials have said the house will be condemned and Diller has moved to an apartment in neighboring Lewis County to await assisted-living housing.

[…] As of Thursday the group had captured 29 live rats, including 10 babies.

“They’re very smart, they’re very clean, they can do tricks,” Price said. “They’re like little miniature dogs.”

Before agreeing to move, Diller was saying, `You can’t hurt them, they’re my friends,'” said Susanne Beauregard, director of Animal Services.

The rats could not survive in the wild because Diller fed them cat food, so they have no scavenging skills, and poor eyesight would also make them easy prey, Price said.

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County Board to Consider Narrow Prohibition on Snakes as Pets in Arlington, VA

April 24, 2008

County Board members on April 22 started a process that could see poisonous snakes outlawed as pets across Arlington by summer.

But, at the same time, board members backed away from a broader ban on owning exotic or potentially dangerous pets, saying more study was needed.

Board members voted 5-0 set a May public hearing on changes to the county code to outlaw venomous pets as snakes.

“In our urban environment, venomous snakes, venomous reptiles are not appropriate,” County Board Ron Carlee told board members.

If the ban is enacted in May – as appears likely – owners of such pets would have at least 30 days, perhaps more, to find new homes for them.

The prohibition also would apply to poisonous reptiles other than snakes, such as gila monsters, but county officials say there is no evidence any such reptiles are being kept as pets in the county.

Under the legal language to be considered next month, possession of a poisonous snake or reptile would be considered a misdemeanor offense, but individuals could be charged with separate counts every day an animal is kept in violation of the adopted ordinance.

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Wild Animals Flee Into Neighborhoods

April 24, 2008

With rising water levels, the Louisiana SPCA said normally quiet neighborhoods might start seeing displaced animals in their back yards. And neighbors said they’re already seeing more wild animals.

Some neighbors have reported seeing birds of prey and red foxes. Residents in the Algiers Point neighborhood have reported multiple wild animal sightings. The Louisiana SPCA said it’s to be expected due to the rising water levels of the river, forcing animals from their natural habitats. Meanwhile, neighbors said they’re worried that snakes and other animals that can hurt companion animals.

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Profile: Official Roadkill Scraper a Wild Animal Caretaker

April 11, 2008

Scraping roadkill off the asphalt is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

That someone is Bill Miller.

For the last eight months, Miller has served as supervisor for the Redlands Animal Shelter, where he has had to clean up roadkill and take care of the wild and stray animals within the city limits.

Though the job has its sad moments, Miller said the rewards make the job worth doing. He said he enjoys animal rescues the most.

“Saving the little kittens stuck in the walls or the dog that’s hanging himself on his chain and you get there in time to rescue him – that’s very rewarding,” Miller said. “It’s like what happens on Animal Planet.”

Miller also has to deal with the wild animals around Redlands. He takes on wild cats, skunks, raccoons, mountain lions, snakes and any other wild critter that might be lurking around the city.

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Reptiles abandoned at South African airport

March 8, 2008

Three animal transport crates containing endangered reptiles were found abandoned at Oliver Tambo Airport, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said today.

NSPCA’s National Inspector Alistair Sinclair said the organisation arrived at Oliver Tambo yesterday after a tip-off and found five crates that were emanating a “nauseating stench”.

Two of the crates, that were destined for Spain, were returned to Madagascar because the transporting agent had not paid the duties.

The three remaining crates, destined for the Czech Republic, were taken to the Johannesburg Zoo and unpacked.

Sinclair said the crates contained “hundreds” of snakes, geckos, lizards, chameleons and arthropods, contrary to the consignment listing lizards and frogs.

He estimated that about 10 to 15 percent of the animals had died during the five to six days they had been in the crates and he expected more to die of dehydration during the following days.

Sinclair said the incident “again” proved that animal welfare concerns were not adequately addressed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).

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New Delhi gets quarantine facility for wild animals

March 7, 2008

Leopards, jackals, snakes and other wild animals straying into human habitations in states neighbouring the capital will now be kept at a special quarantine facility being constructed in the Delhi Zoo.

The quarantine, being set up adjacent to the wildlife hospital in the zoo, will cater to rescued and displaced wild animals, an official said.

The facility will also be used for animals that need to be kept in isolation, including animals brought from foreign countries, or other Indian zoos, and as a transit point for rescued and displaced wild animals.

Wild animals rescued by forest officials from neighbouring areas will be housed here for relief and medical aid.

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Springing real animals into children’s lives

February 20, 2008

Kids love to see frogs and toads jump at Lakeside Nature Center. But it’s the leap made by the visiting kids that’s more impressive, says Susan Bray, a senior naturalist at the center. In her own words:

•“I’m really a firm believer — and this is what keeps me coming here and doing what I do — that kids really need a connection with nature. It’s called ‘nature deficit disorder’ now. Kids are getting so separated from the natural world.”•“I can’t tell you how many times — with the frogs, with an owl, with a snake — I pull the animal out to show kids and the first question is, ‘Is it real?’ Honestly, it’s scary.”
•“Kids, whether they’re wealthy or not, have their concept of the natural world pinned to things like Disney World or going to see a movie that has animation that is so real they don’t know the difference between real and animated.”
•“Many times I say, ‘Yeah, there’s not a single battery in this animal,’ and I get a lot of chuckles from the parents. But to the kids, this is a real thing they don’t get.”
•“For them to see a live frog actually move, and it’s not something controlled by battery or remote control, is pretty amazing. And, to me, that’s the opening to have a kid understand that there’s a whole bigger world out there that isn’t controlled by people.”
•“That’s what I believe is the importance of my work here on Earth. It’s helping make that connection.”

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First episode of the semester!

January 15, 2008


2008’s first episode of Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo aired on 90.7 The Capstone, WVUA-FM in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past Sunday.  I think it went rather well (I had fun, anyway), but it didn’t quite go as I expected. I spent a lot of time researching and preparing for the show – it was supposed to be about tigers – and spent several hours on Sunday solidifying an awesome tiger-filled playlist.  Sadly, my tiger show was not to be – even though I checked to make sure I had all my equipment with me before I left my apartment for the radio station, I somehow managed to leave the power chord to my computer at home – leaving me digital-music-library-less, and therefore, animal-esque-playlist-less.

I wasn’t about to cancel the first episode of the year, so with just a few minutes left before the show was supposed to start I quickly searched for animal music on our station’s computer system.  Then, abandoning my carefully researched tiger data, I Googled “animals” and “endangered species” to find some articles about animals to discuss over the air.  Then I rolled up my sleeves and proceeded with the show extemporaneously.

I might post MP3’s of the show later, and let you decide how good the show was.  Maybe it wasn’t my most professional broadcast, but it was one of the most fun.  Special thanks to Michael for calling me during the show, and to Reid for clarifying the names of one of the artists!

And now, the playlist:

Moving Units – Birds of Prey
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul
AFI – Rabbits are Roadkill
Trolleyvoxx – Rabbit in the Sun
Rogue Wave – Bird on a Wire
The Beta Band – Dog’s Got a Bone
Live – Rattlesnake
David Kilgour – Dogs Barking
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Caterwaul
Beastie Boys – The Rat Cage
Pantera – Cat Scratch Fever
Big Blue Marble – Cat out the Bag
ZibraZibra – Cat and Mouse

Rock County Humane Society rescues rattlesnake

January 5, 2008
The Rock County Humane Society often gets reports of rattlesnakes—5-foot-long things—from rattled residents.

But the reports usually are exaggerated and the reptiles are just small fox snakes or even ball pythons.

But a western diamondback rattlesnake curled up at the shelter Friday morning, the first time a rattlesnake—or a venomous snake of any kind—has been a resident there.

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