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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...

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...