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Delicious, Delicious Nightmare Fuel: The Snake That Prefers To Bite When You’re Asleep

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In a recent study, a significant number of people bitten by the mulga snake (Also known as a King Brown snake) were asleep at the time the bite occurred. Also: its venom gives you diarrhea, so you’ve got that to look forward to if you’re sharing your bed with a mulga. Finding a snake in one’s bed is a rare occurrence, but it can and does happen, even here in the United States. A relative of mine once woke to find a rattlesnake resting on her comforter. Pleasant dreams.

Via HuffPo:

In a new study that examined 27 cases of people bitten by the mulga snake, researchers found that seven of the victims were asleep when they were bitten, between midnight and 5 a.m.

Such bites were not common — most of the people in the study who were bitten had intentionally made contact with a snake. For instance, one victim was bitten while playing with a snake in the garden, and another was bitten while feeding a pet snake.

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Salvation’s Grim Price: Reality Show Snake-Handling Preacher Dies of Snake Bite

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Pic: National Geographic (C)

When Jamie Coots and his family made headlines last year, it was for all the wrong reasons and under quite a dubious cloud. The National Geographic Channel featured Coots and his congregation in the show “Snake Salvation”. Soon, the internet began to light up as the family sold their particular brand of “salvation” and “gospel truth” to the ever hungry meat-grinder of popular media and fast-food reality television.

Jamie Coots was arrested in 2008 in Kentucky for possession of venomous snakes without permit. He had 74 snakes in his home at the time. His legal trouble resurfaced in February of 2013 in a court in Knox County, Tennessee, when he received a year’s probation for transporting venomous snakes through the state of Tennessee while en route to Kentucky. During both investigations, the snakes were found to be severely neglected, infested with parasites, extremely ill and dehydrated. The snakes that were seized from Coots in 2008 and 2013 had to be euthanized.… Read the rest

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Authorities Seize 55 Diseased Poisonous Snakes From Tennessee Pastor

snakesShould we be concerned about charismatic religious leaders hoarding doomsday arsenals of deadly reptiles? Via WBIR-TV:

All of the snakes that were confiscated from a serpent-handling pastor in Campbell County have now been euthanized.

TWRA seized 55 poisonous snakes from Andrew Hamlin in November. He handled the snakes as part of worship services at the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette. Hamlin was cited for having animal dangerous to humans, but a grand jury did not indict him on criminal charges.

The confiscated snakes were taken to the Knoxville Zoo, but were in such poor condition, they could not be saved. According to Michael Ogle, Curator of Herpetology at the Knoxville Zoo, “The 14 remaining snakes are highly suspected of being infected with the same pathogens that have proven fatal for the other snakes brought to us.”

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Michigan Woman Finds Four-Foot Snake Living In Her Second-Hand Couch

As obsessive-compulsive as I am about bedbugs and other creepy crawlies, I’ve never taken in a second-hand couch off of the street. The thought of having a four-foot snake come slithering out of one pretty much seals the deal. I actually like snakes – I’ve owned a couple – but generally prefer them to be invited guests rather than suddenly discovered interlopers.

Via ABC:

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Oh, Hell No: Snake in Toilet Bites Man’s Penis

obj-01nMaybe I’ll take up the squatting method

Via Daily Mail:

Israeli man’s penis bitten by a snake as he went to the toilet to relieve himself

A man was rushed to a hospital after a snake bit his penis while he was relieving himself in a toilet, according to hospital officials in Israel.

The man, 35, of northern Israel was bitten on Friday after the snake suddenly appeared from inside the toilet.

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The Care and Maintenance of ‘Satan’

I used to have a terrible snake phobia. It took about a year of concentrated effort to rid myself of it. These days, I'm not afraid of snakes at all, with the exception of one particular snake known as "Satan". Satan is sixteen feet of very ill-tempered Burmese python that has become the unlikely mascot of YouTube program Snake Bytes TV. Check out Satan's care regimen for a taste of what the guys have to deal with on a regular basis.
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Florida Launches ’2013 Python Challenge’

Picture: CGrapes429 (PD): Burmese Python in Florida Everglades

Rednecks: When you absolutely, positively, got to kill every motherf*ckin’ python in the swamp, accept no substitutes.

Via CNN:

Burmese pythons have been threatening Florida’s ecosystem for years, so the state is turning to the public for help in the form of a hunting contest to cull the population.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the 2013 Python Challenge beginning in January.
“We are hoping to gauge from the python challenge the effectiveness of using an incentive-based model as a tool to address this problem,” says Florida Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson.

A grand prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the person who kills the most pythons, and $1,000 will go to the person who bags the longest one. According to the rules, road kill will not be eligible.

Participants will pay a $25 registration fee and complete an online training course.

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Iran and America Joined at the Hip by Snake Venom Antidote

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When the US government needs anti-venin effective against Afghanistan’s venomous snakes (there’s eight species, by the way) it turns to Iran…

Via Newser:

The US leads the charge when it comes to economic sanctions against Iran—but when American soldiers’ health is at stake, the military is willing to do a little business with the Islamic republic. Iran produces antivenin against the poisonous snakes of Afghanistan; our own antivenins are toothless against such bites, as they’re made from domestic species. Working through a middleman, the US has bought 115 $310 vials of the stuff since January 2011, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal’s reporting has prompted a military review to see whether the practice violates sanctions rules. If so, a government waiver may be needed.

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