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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

Chilean rose tarantula

Arachnophobes look away now: Could an asbestos-coated tarantula be on the loose in Cardiff?

Skin of suspected Chilean rose tarantula found in abandoned 19th century house

The theme of the Natural History Museum's Night Safari changes for each event, meaning you can delve deeper into your favourite aspect of natural history

Love among the dino bones: a safari on Valentine's night

Museums at night have a certain romance and none more so than London's Natural History Museum, though romance may not be the most appropriate word when you are standing next to the gigantic dinosaur in the main hall. A drink next to the dinosaur is just the prologue to an imaginative bi-monthly evening that the museum has started. Called Night Safari, it involves small groups going to several rooms where they meet scientists who introduce them to the institution's most cherished animals, from Guy the Gorilla to a killer shark.

The world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, Lolong, has died in Philippines

So long, Lolong... Philippine town mourns largest captive crocodile

A remote southern Philippine town has gone into mourning over the death of the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, even though it was blamed for the deaths of several villagers.

Capsize leaves Javier Sanso drifting in liferaft awaiting rescue in Vendée Globe

Spanish solo sailor Javier Sanso was in his liferaft and waiting to be rescued hundreds of miles south-east of the Azores after his yacht Acciona capsized in the in the Vendée Globe round the world race. He had taken to his liferaft mid-morning on Sunday.

Video: Thousands of crocodiles escape from farm

Around 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa.

Large alligator-like reptile found guarding 34lb stash of marijuana

Suspect  reportedly told police he got the creature to commemorate rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 death

Peregrine falcons can be taken from the wild and sold for enormous sums for falconry - even though it's illegal

Wildlife crime unit faces extinction over funding crisis

Concern about future of crucial work preventing smuggling and cruelty against animals

Two feared dead after being 'ejected' from bachelor party boat trip in alligator-infested lake

Charlie Jackson and Jason Cobb disappeared in the 'wet and stormy' early hours of Saturday morning

Queensland: Deadly snakes hatch in wardrobe

As three-year-old Kyle Cumming slept peacefully in his Queensland home, a clutch of wild eggs he had discovered in his backyard were incubating in his wardrobe.

Crocodile attacks 12 year-old boy in Australia

A 12-year-old boy was bitten by a crocodile yesterday in Australia and dragged out to deeper water.

A genetically modified cow that produces milk for allergic children

Must Watch: Anaconda is filmed regurgitating an entire cow

Ever feel so hungry you could eat an entire cow? One anaconda did*.

The centenarian reptile from the Galapagos was said to be the last Pinta Island tortoise left, and his passing meant the extinction of his subspecies. But now it seems George wasn’t as lonely as scientists imagined.

Not so Lonesome George: Researchers find 17 other tortoises in the Galapagos Islands similar to famous centenarian reptile

The death of Lonesome George in June this year was mourned by environmentalists worldwide.

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Snakes in a park! (And other unlikely UK sights)

A colony of reptiles from Europe has set up home in a corner of north London. They're not the only exotic species to have moved in

Cockroach-eating champion dies

The winner of a cockroach-eating contest in Florida has died after consuming dozens of the live insects and some worms.

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