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TOKYO - Venomous lizards and snakes up to three metres (nine feet) long were among 80 reptiles police found crammed into a one-room apartment in Japan, an official said Tuesday. Credit: Thinkstock Officers were called by a frantic neighbour who saw a huge snake slithering along a wall outside the apartment in the western hub city of Osaka. When police raided the apartment they found dozens of snakes, including a three-metre boa constrictor, as well as a number of lizards. All were being kept in individual containers in the 10-square-metre (108 square foot) room. Officers seized 25 of the creatures, which were being kept without the necessary permits, the official said. The owner, a man...

There are some guys who spend their lives trying to display bravado at every turn. The most important thing is to look tough no matter what happens, they think. But we say there are plenty of situations where absolutely anyone should be forgiven for losing his or her composure and shrieking in shrill terror. Ben Lehmann, the motorist in this video, is one of these people. Properly curious when a snake peeks its adorable head out from under his windshield, Lehmann gets the fright of his life when he turns on the windshield wipers and suddenly unveils the beast in all its glory. We're sympathetic to Lehmann's terror and ensuing string of profanity. (Don't worry; it's bleeped.) Watch what...

After spending three months doused in wine in a bottle, a snake "pulled a Jesus and sprang to life," biting the hand of a woman and sending her to a local hospital, China's English-language Global Times reported in September. The woman (only her last name, Liu, was noted) lives in rural northern Heilongjiang Province and had purchased and pickled (or so she thought) the snake in the wine to treat her rheumatism. Is healthcare in China so poor that many Chinese still rely on traditional folk medicine? On paper, China indeed provides universal healthcare for its rural population. In early September, the Chinese government announced that 99 percent of rural Chinese (800 million individuals)...

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 follows previous visits this season from a cockatoo, a DJ, a magician and a merengue band. CELEB ATHLETES WORK OUT WITH PETS:...

Firemen are prepared to rescue pets when they respond to a blaze, but a room full of snakes? That is something training doesn't cover. According to the Daily Mail U.K., firefighters responding to a house fire in North Davis, Utah, found a room full of snakes among the flames. Authorities were faced with dozens of snakes, including six venomous species. One of the reptile occupants was a Gaboon viper, consider to be one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Gaboon vipers have the highest venom yield of any snake, and sport fangs that can grow up to 2 inches long. "We always have a search team go in to clear the house and make sure there are no humans," fire chief Mark Becraft told the...