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Florida plumber finds live iguana in toilet
kingsnake.com - Monday, Jun 29, 2015

After having problems flushing her toilet, a woman was stunned to find a live iguana in the pipes.

From ABC News:

"I've never seen anything like this before," plumber Alisa Scott told ABC affiliate WPLG-TV. "This is the first time I pulled something like that out of a toilet."

Scott says she used her tools to reach far down into the toilet. What she began to pull out was still alive.

"To my surprise, I pulled out that large iguana," Scott said. "At first I thought it was a toy, and then it started moving around."

Iguanas are common in that part of Florida, but they aren't commonly found inside your plumbing.


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Russell's viper: snake mama surprise
Sachin Mamgai - Monday, Jun 29, 2015

In the city where I live, I have come across many snakes from the highly venomous to the non-venomous. The Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii) is one of the highly venomous snakes I confront. Rescuing Russell’s vipers and studying them has been one of my finest experiences in my herpetology career.



If I rescue 10 snakes a week, at least 4 of them are Russell’s vipers. While researching these snakes, I came to know many amazing facts about them. One such fact was actually so amazing that I never dreamed of witnessing it: "A female Russell’s viper brings 70 more venomous vipers in the world."

Yes, my friends, you got it right. A few days back I saw a female Russell’s viper and all of her babies, which I rescued in their mini-hospital snake container. I was left awestruck for a few minutes after being told that it was really happening.

Though being in a large number, I could clearly see the babies with their mother, moving to and fro even though they weren't in a spacious container. After seeing them a bit congested, I moved them to a larger crate where they were able to move freely.

I took some easy snaps, gave some privacy to this venomous family, and after some hours I released them into a suitable environment for the betterment of their future.
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Herp Video of the Week: How to train your (Komodo) dragon
kingsnake.com - Friday, Jun 26, 2015

Who ever said you can't teach an old dragon new tricks was certainly wrong. In our Herp Video of the Week, from the London Zoo, keepers are working with target training their Komodo Dragons!



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