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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...