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Myanmar Buddhist temple now a nirvana for snakes

MYANMAR: Crossing a bridge to the middle of a lake in Myanmar's Yangon region, pilgrims arrive at a temple to pin their hopes on the pythons slinking across the temple's floors and draped across windows. "People come here because they believe that their prayers will be fulfilled when they ask for something," said Sandar Thiri, a nun residing at the Baungdawgyoke pagoda –- dubbed the "snake temple" by locals. "The rule is that people can only ask for one thing, not many things," she said. "Don't be greedy." Many…

‘Snake alert’ issued in India’s flood-hit Kerala

NEW DELHI: Hospitals are readying anti-venom and flood victims returning home in the Indian state of Kerala have been told to stay alert as receding waters leave behind a glut of snakes. Local media reports warned that snakes may be "hiding in cupboards" or under carpets, among clothes or inside washing machines in homes previously submerged by floods that have devastated parts of the southern state. "Snakes are spotted at many flood-hit homes and alerts have been issued to exercise caution when returning home," Kerala…

In Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh, a guy charms snakes to sleep

In Egypt’s premier Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh, snake charmer Amier El Refaie puts some of the world’s most dangerous snakes to sleep. Refaie, who has been charming snakes for the past five years, says the reptiles have become closer to him than some of his human friends. “The world of snakes is vast, the trainer must learn the secrets of hunting and capturing snakes ... if he is not knowledgeable he could be exposed to deadly venom at any moment,” he said. Refaie holds each snake by the tail and gently swings…

Boxer Amir Khan gets scared, screams after mistakenly grabbing snakes at a reality TV show

Boxer Amir Khan was left scared and screaming when he encountered deadly snakes and reptiles during a challenge at a reality TV show of late. Amir was chosen by the public alongside reality TV star Georgia Toffolo to take part in the first challenge – to win food for the camp (a format of the programme to move to next stages). The boxer was challenged with putting his hand into a number of holes, without knowing what was on the other side, and he did not handle it well as it looked. The holes, which were…

Babies are able to identify objects as ‘spiders’ or ‘snakes’

Scientists have recently discovered that the fear of spiders and snakes is hereditary and babies as young as six months old feel stressed when seeing these creatures—long before they could have learnt this reaction. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and the Uppsala University recently made a crucial observation: Even in infants, a stress reaction is evoked when they see a spider or a snake. And this already at the age of six months, when they are still very immobile…

Shoes boxes with creepy crawlies caught in Australia

SYDNEY: Australian customs officers got more than they bargained for when two shoe boxes arrived from Europe with venomous snakes, exotic spiders and scorpions found slithering inside the "creep crawly cargo". The unusual discovery was made at Melbourne last month in two boxes marked shoes sent through the mail in a consignment identified as coming from northern Europe. The parcel included six venomous vipers native to Southeast Asia, three ball pythons, nine large tarantulas from Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, plus Asian…

WATCH: Man seen releasing 285 snakes into the wild in creepy footage

BHOPAL: A creepy footage has emerged on the internet showing a courageous park ranger releasing mass of almost 300 snakes into the wild. Hundreds of writhing snakes make a burst for freedom as he shakes them out of the bag. The ranger bangs his hands on the ground right in the midst of the crawling mass to try and persuade the reptiles to escape to the undergrowth. Withing seconds almost all of the 285 snakes have gone - leaving just one curled around his ankle. According to reports, the video was shot in Bhopal last…

Deadly snakes ‘milked’ to create potent new anti-venom

LIVERPOOL: A new anti-venom to treat victims of potentially deadly snake bites in sub-Saharan Africa is just a few years away from reality, according to scientists at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). They aim to create a potent new anti-venom that can be stored safely at room temperature, without the need for refrigeration.