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A California elementary school teacher was taken into custody Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after police discovered hundreds of dead ball pythons in his home, according to the Los Angeles Times. Only a few live snakes were recovered from the property. The neighbors of William Buchman, 53, had complained about the rancid smell emanating from his house in Santa Ana, Calif., for the past several months. In addition to the stench, they noticed that Buchman had become increasingly reclusive after the recent death of his mother. The Times reported that Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna was standing about 200 to 300 feet away from Buchman's home as officers were executing their...

Biologists say that a highly aggressive species of python is threatening to invade South Florida in a major way, adding its numbers to those of the Burmese pythons that already plague the state, the Associated Press reported. African rock python. Credit: Thinkstock. The snakes in question are African rock pythons, which are the largest snakes in Africa, reaching 16 feet in length. Experts describe these pythons as among the most aggressive snakes in the world, willing to eat anything they can manage to swallow. Wildlife officials conducted a survey on Friday to locate some of the pythons in an area of South Florida where several have been seen and captured in recent years. The survey...

The first full study of a snake's genome has revealed the Burmese python to be one of the most evolutionarily advanced creatures on Earth, international researchers said Monday. Burmese python. Credit: Thinkstock The findings shed new light on how these southeast Asian natives have survived and thrived, and may offer new inroads to treating human diseases, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Snakes have basically undergone incredible changes at all levels of their biology, from the physiological to the molecular," principal investigator David Pollock said. Top 12 Most Amazing Snakes These changes took place in functionally important ways over the...

When a huge, 20-foot python entered the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse this week, it terrified several of the players. But don't worry; Florida's python problem hasn't gotten that out of control yet. This python was invited. Handlers from Busch Gardens brought the snake, named Asia, to visit the Rays as a team-building activity cooked up in manager Joe Maddon's brain. "A snake is a risk taker and a wellspring of ideas,'' Maddon tweeted. "They fit into the Rays Way." Makes total sense! The 115-pound python's meeting with the baseball team...

MONTREAL, Quebec (AFP) - A python strangled two children in their sleep in eastern Canada after escaping from a reptile shop and slithering through a ventilation shaft, police said Monday. The two young boys, aged five and seven, were at a sleepover at a friend's apartment late Sunday in the small town of Campbellton. The snake apparently escaped from a pet store specializing in exotic animals located on the floor below the apartment. The CTV network said a "15-foot African rock python" crawled through the ventilation shaft, made its way upstairs and then fell through the ceiling, landing on top of the two boys and smothering them. "The preliminary investigation has led police to...

Beginning January 12, hunters are embarking on a so-called "Python Challenge" presented by wildlife officials in hopes of reducing the Burmese python population in the South Florida wetlands, according to ABC News. Those who are skilled enough to snag one of the invasive species can win up to $1,500. An additional $1,000 will be given to the person who captures the longest python. This is the first time Florida has ever invited the public to participate in a head-on approach to thwart the Burmese python...