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The Pennsylvania Casino have denied claims that there may be snakes inside the building following posts on social media of a snake bite

Croissants and decaff with reptile man; CANNES FESTIVAL

'I'm handsome, good-looking and I wanna career, I wanna haircut, I wanna go to Palm Springs. I want ejaculations just like anyone else.' Sheila Johnston takes breakfast with Tony Curtis before battling her way to the next round of screenings

Men take lizard's way out when emotions run high

Eric Cantona's outburst is evidence that the difference between the sex es extends to the brain, writes Steve Connor

Reptile ring

CUSTOMS officers broke an international ring dealing in exotic animals when they found more than 100 reptiles including lizards and baby alligators in a shed in Cardiff. Two men were being questioned.

Alligator netted

Dormagen - Sammy, a footloose pet alligator, was netted alive in a German lake yesterday after leading police and scuba divers on a five-day, headline-grabbing frolic that terrorised bathers. Reuter

Galapagos tortoises left to face fire

Fire-fighters battling a blaze on the largest of Ecuador's Galapagos islands said yesterday they could save 40 rare giant tortoises in a colony about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the flames, but were uncertain about the fate of thousands more, Reuter reports from Quito.

Racing: Trump to turn over Turtle

THE ONLY thing in Peter Chapple-Hyam's yard that does not have a bright future is the trainer's waistline. The cheerfully chubby figure who has saddled most of the two-year-old winners worth having this year has just embarked on a sponsored slim, but the wealth of juvenile talent at Manton will ensure that if, like the Cheshire Cat, he fades away to nothing, a broad grin will remain.

Shock around the croc

A Zimbabwean policeman travelling in a police truck with an apparently dead crocodile had a shock when the reptile suddenly lunged at him, AFP reports from Harare.

BOOK REVIEW / Patricidal passions in the abyss of nihilism

THIRTY years after Dostoyevsky's death in 1881 he was still largely unknown outside Russia when Arnold Bennett persuaded Heinemann to commission Constance Garnett's translation of his final masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov. It was received with raptures of love and loathing, and by the outbreak of the First World War, Garnett's translations of his works had achieved something like cult status.

Ivory Towers: Exposed: the fickleness of lizards

HAVE YOU ever wondered how male lizards select their mates? Given the choice between a female lizard they know, and one to whom they have only just been introduced, which would they prefer?

Snakes scare

A family fled their new council house near Swansea, west Glamorgan, after discovering up to 16 pet snakes left by the previous tenant. Council staff set traps to try to catch them.

BOOK REVIEW / Truth and dare in a town named Verity: 'Turtle Moon' - Alice Hoffman: Macmillan, 14.99

Alice Hoffman's account of small-town life in Florida opens with so many references to junk American culture that the reader might assume that this is another fashionably deadpan contemporary novel, about people who lead aimless lives in a place where nothing much ever happens.

Turtles banned from nightclub

VANCOUVER (Reuter) - A Canadian nightclub said yesterday it had cancelled its weekly turtle races following complaints that they were both cruel and illegal.
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