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Snakes on a plane sounds like a terrifying ordeal for passengers, but in this case it was the reptile who had a wild ride. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a python found itself trapped on the wing of a Qantas plane traveling from Australia to Papua New Guinea. Twenty minutes into the "Down Under" flight, a passenger noticed a strange hitchhiker from her window: a three-meter-long python. The surprisingly calm snake-spotter informed a flight attendant about the snake, pointing out the reptile's head and body peeking out from inside the wing. ...

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Flickr/Squamata55 Name: Ball Python Personality: These snakes are generally docile and easy to handle. Care: Ball pythons are not very active so they don't need huge enclosures -- a 30 gallon tank is appropriate for an adult python -- but the tank must be secured tightly or the snake can escape, according to About.com. These pets require an ambient temperature of around 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and a basking temperature close to 90 F. A large, sturdy dish of water should be kept inside the tank to allow the snake to soak and rehydrate itself. Every five to seven days, a young snake will need to be fed several small mice. An older snake requires larger prey, such as rats, every 10 to...

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr A pet albino Burmese python strangled to death a two-year-old girl in her Oxford, FL. home last week. After the python's owner, Charles Darnell, awoke to find the snake's terrarium empty, he immediately ran to his girlfriend's daughter's crib to find the 8-foot python wrapped around the child. He stabbed the snake in an attempt to pry it from the girl while others dialed 911. Unfortunately, the girl was already dead when emergency crews arrived at the scene. The snake apparently had escaped and attacked the child during the night. Darnell did not have a permit for his pet python as dictated by Florida law for all pets classified as "Reptiles of Concern"...

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