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Snakes in hats has become the latest pet trend to take online forums by storm, take a look at some of the most stylish here

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Pauline Wallace pleads guilty after RSPCA finds over 140 snakes in her home

Pauline Wallace, 64, also admitted cruelty charges in relation to her pet dog Alf

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Undercover investigation finds he is still smuggling endangered animals despite his licences being revoked

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Locals sometimes claim that the centuries-old grove of beech trees in Montejo de la Sierra in Spain is the most southerly in Europe or indeed the world. Not true – that honour goes to a beechwood on the slopes of Mount Etna. But even so there is little doubt the  beech grove running alongside the edge of the River Jarama just north of Madrid is among Spain’s most beautiful and ancient, as well as being very rare for these latitudes.

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In Neil Bartlett’s staging of Great Expectations at Bristol Old Vic, you hear the story more than watch it. The chains of the convict, the hammering of the blacksmith, the unhinged humming of Miss Havisham are as much a part of the characters as the costume, expression and lines.

Snake on a plane in Australia leaves Tokyo-bound Qantas passengers stranded

Mandarin rat snake found in the doorwell of a plane

Saltwater crocodile numbers in Australia have shot up since the species was protected by federal law in 1971

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The body of a 26-year-old swimmer who was snatched by a crocodile as he attempted  to cross an Australian river has been recovered by police.

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Police believe alcohol may have played a part in the victim’s decision to swim in dangerous waters

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