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Friday, October 2, 2009

7+ Foot Rattlesnake?

At least it's not an email hoax this time around, but a St. Augustine, FL, claims the eastern diamondback he had to kill was 7 foot, 3 inches. (News source.)

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Maine: Giant Snake Rumors

A "monster snake," "perhaps up to 17 feet long" was reported in Rumford, Maine. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

$50K Reward for Big Snake

If you come up with a 30-foot snake, Reptile Gardens in ND will pay you $50,000 for it. (Of course, you can probably get more for it elsewhere...) (News source.)

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Big Gator

A state-record alligator, over 13 feet in length, was killed in Mississippi during this year's alligator hunting season. (News source.)

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Snake News

Copperhead bites are on the increase in St. Mary's County, Maryland. (News source.)

A big copperhead was killed in Alabama. (News source.) [The herpetologist quoted, however, is incorrect when he states that that largest documented rattlesnake was only 7 1/2 feet long. The largest confirmed Eastern diamondback was a few inches over 8 foot. See Boundy's 1995 review of maximum snake lengths in the Bulletin of the Chicago Herp. Society for details on large snakes. See Boss Snakes for stories and folklore of bigger snakes.]

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Big Mud Snake

Rangers in Georgia discovered a 6 foot 7 inch long mud snake, which might be a state record. Apparently it laid eggs, which will be hatched before releasing the young snakes into the wild. (News source.)

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Smallest Snake?

A tiny threadsnake found on Barbados might be the smallest snake yet discovered. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Big Snake Reported

Apparently, a 6-8 foot "python" was reported from Lake Sinclair, near Baldwin, Georgia. No sightings have followed, according to GA DNR. Of course, in that size range, it's just as likely to be a misidentified and exaggerated watersnake. (News source.)

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

UAE: Big Snake Sighted

A "mysterious" big snake was reported in the Gulf News. Appears to be a large specimen (with accompanying exaggeration?) of the native Psammophis schokari.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Big Snake

A 21-foot (approximate) python was found in Sri Lanka, relocated to a forest preserve. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Big Retic

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm has imported a large reticulated python from Indonesia, that measures 21 feet, 9 inches. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Cyprus Whipsnake

Cyprus researchers are investigating a report of a very large whipsnake near Paphos, up to 3 meters long, which could make it the longest snake ever recorded on that island. (News source.)

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