A new look at four fossils has revealed that snakes' earliest known ancestor lived as many as 70 million years earlier than thought.
Spanish police said Tuesday they found five snakes, two lizards and thousands of insects alive and hidden inside two suitcases that arrived on the holiday island of Gran Canaria on a flight from Madrid.
A woman used a pocket knife to fight off a huge Burmese python which attacked her dog while out walking in a Hong Kong country park, a report said.
Alligator and frog have long been on the menu in Florida, but a new delicacy has slithered its way onto dinner plates in the US state.
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.
Lying on a massage table at a spa in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Feri Tilukay closed his eyes and smiled blissfully as three enormous snakes slithered all over him.
A tiny snake as slender as a pen forced the grounding of a Japan-bound Qantas flight in the Australian city of Sydney overnight, stranding hundreds of passengers.
Little more than a week after a giant python crushed two young Canadian boys to death, police have recovered 40 of the snakes from a hotel room.
The owner of a python which is thought to have crushed two infants to death in a Canadian apartment did not have a permit to keep such an animal.
An escaped python killed two children in their sleep in eastern Canada.
Almost one in five of the world's reptile species are in danger of extinction as their habitats are cleared away for farming and logging.
As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing.
It was not quite a "Snakes on a Plane" scenario, but passengers on a Qantas jet watched in amazement as a three-metre (nine feet) python clung to the outside of their aircraft during a flight.
Britain's foreign ministry has come under fire after it emerged that it paid £10,000 to re-stuff a giant anaconda named Albert.
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