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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

Man dies after eating dozens of bugs and worms in a live cockroach-eating contest

A man has died after winning a live cockroach-eating competition in Florida.

Man dies after bug-eating contest

A 32 year-old man crunched dozens of cockroaches and worms as part of a bug-eating contest, then collapsed and died minutes later, CNN reports.

Boy survives bite from most deadly snake

Move over Spiderman, an Australian teenager yesterday survived a bite from the deadliest snake in the world. One drop of venom from the inland taipan is strong enough to kill 100 adult men, but the boy, who was bitten on his left-hand, is alive and well, Sky News reports.

No Essex Lion – but there really is a deadly snake

One of the world's deadliest snakes was discovered lurking inside a shipping container that had passed through a port in Essex.

Snake harmer: Farmer kills cobra in revenge attack

A Nepali man who was bitten by a cobra snake bit it back and killed the reptile in a tit-for-tat attack, a newspaper said today.

An Egyptian cobra. Luke Yeomans, who had spent 30 years raising snakes, was killed by one of his cobras

Page 3 Profile, Mark O'Shea, reptile expert

Has he discovered a new type of snake?

Turtles crawl to freedom

More than 1,500 turtles have made a gradual escape from their farm in the United States.

Sinister smile: Saltwater crocodiles can grow 20ft long, and weigh a ton

Crocodiles back in trophy hunters' sights

'Dundee' actor and Irwin family take opposing sides, as once-endangered species prospers

Lonesome George was the last remaining tortoise of his kind

Lonesome George, the rarest creature on Earth, dies at 100

It may be a curlew or a kakapo. It may be the baiji, or a bat. But no one knows for sure, now, what is the rarest creature on the planet.

British businessman dies in suspected crocodile attack in India

The body of one of two Britons who went missing after setting out to canoe along a crocodile-infested river in India has been found by a search team.

Chinese men arrested on animal cruelty charges

Four Chinese men face deportation from Zimbabwe after they were arrested on charges of cruelty to tortoises, according to local media.

Burmese pythons, descendants of abandoned pets, are thriving in Florida's Everglades by devouring the native wildlife

Rupert Cornwell: Mass invasion of the alien swamp monsters

Out of America: The US loves movies about bizarre creatures wreaking havoc. Now it's got them for real

A team from the University of Florida with a162lb (73kg) Burmese python captured in the Everglades

Pythons are squeezing the life out of the Everglades, scientists warn

If you go down to the Florida Everglades today, you're in for a big surprise: in the past 12 years, 90 per cent of the wild mammals which once roamed freely through the National Park have gone.

Poisonous snakes found in luggage at Buenos Aires airport 

A man tried to board a plane in Argentina with almost 250 poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles in his baggage, each meticulously labelled with its Latin name.

Elvis swims next to the lawnmower he dragged into his pool at the Australian Reptile Park

Cut! Elvis the testosterone croc silences the mower

Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are notoriously fond of human flesh. But yesterday it was a lawnmower that took the fancy of Elvis, a 16-foot croc living in a reptile park north of Sydney.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee