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TSA says traveler forgot snake at Newark security checkpoint

Aug. 20, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A young girl discovered something slithery at a New Jersey airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake. Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport said in a release that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring around its...

Man who let python escape misses court hearing

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The man accused of letting his 15-foot python escape into the woods outside Morgantown did not show up for his initial court date on Wednesday. The Dominion Post reports , the judge scheduled another hearing for Shane Stevens in September. He is charged with allowing an animal to...

Delaware fire kills about 60 pet snakes kept throughout home

Aug. 11, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A fire department official says dozens of pet snakes died when a blaze ripped through a home in Delaware. The Delaware News Journal reports that no people were injured in the fire that broke out Sunday morning in Dover. The homeowner told firefighters that approximately 60 snakes were in...

Bronx Zoo: 3 ½-foot snake missing, but no threat to visitors

Aug. 8, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials at the Bronx Zoo say a 3 1/2-foot-long mangrove snake has gone missing, but say there's no threat to visitors. The zoo says the mildly venomous snake wasn't in its exhibition at the end of the day Tuesday, and hasn't been seen since. A notice warning visitors was put up on...

Florida doubles efforts to hunt invasive pythons

Aug. 7, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Standing in front of a hissing, squirming 12-foot-long python Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's doubling resources to remove the invasive species that's destroying the natural food chain in Florida's delicate Everglades. The state has been paying select hunters to catch...

Taming the Wild: Woman finds success as pro snake wrangler

Aug. 4, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Inside Kim Mross's home are various artifacts of her obsession. A coiled snake skeleton sits atop an amethyst rock on the living room coffee table. Nearby, in a glass case, is a whale vertebrae fossil. On a wall, shark teeth are displayed in chic frames. A taxidermized fox poses on the...

Gulp! Arkansas photographer snaps images of snake eating bug

Jul. 26, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

OZARK, Ark. (AP) — An amateur photographer has snapped some startling gone-in-a-gulp images of a venomous snake devouring an unlucky bug at Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. Charlton McDaniel of Fort Smith says he was "fascinated and captivated" to see a copperhead eat a newly emerged cicada at dusk on...

Florida python tops 200 pounds, is over 20-feet long

Jul. 15, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida python could be slowly slithering toward a world record. Emerald Coast Zoo co-owner Rick de Ridder says their female reticulated python named "Ginormica" weighs more than 200 pounds and is a little over 20 feet long. Her diet consists of previously frozen goats and pigs....

Police: Woman throws snake at driver in carjacking

Jul. 9, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police say a woman stole a vehicle after throwing a snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades set up for a pole-vaulting exhibition in South Carolina. In a statement, Greenville Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Hilmary Moreno-Berrios. They she was hurt in...

Police and residents rescue 6-foot snake from car engine

Jul. 5, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police and bystanders teamed up to rescue a 6-foot-long (1.8-meter-long) snake that had wrapped itself around the engine block of a car in Connecticut. East Windsor police say the reptile had to be removed from a resident's vehicle on Thursday. Police wrote in Facebook post that...