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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

Sailing: After six days on land all I want is to return to sea

Part 4: Emma Richards, the skipper of Pindar, yearns for the restart of the Around Alone single-handed round-the-world yacht race

Drawn to the capital and death

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Edinburgh Festival:Diary

THE LOCALS make an absolute killing hiring out their homes. Some flats are nicer than others. This year's is a beauty, though the owner's library consists largely of SAS survival guides. It could have been worse. We heard of another two-bed flat that we could hire at an amazing price. We went to see it - and couldn't work out why it was so cheap - it had beautiful furnishings and large bedrooms. Then we were told the catch. We were to have a house guest - a 12ft boa constrictor. I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to relax after a hard day's work sharing a room with a life-threatening reptile. The owner insisted the snake would be perfectly harmless, so long as we fed it a diet of mice. She then took us to the freezer, and showed us a bag of frozen rodents, which would apparently be very tasty if microwaved.

Science: How a squirrel susses a rattlesnake

If ground squirrels are terrified of snakes, why do they tease them?

Scottish fossil lizard may be the first land-dweller

A SMALL lizard-like animal whose fossilised remains have been found in an ancient Scottish lake bed may have been one of the first creatures to live on dry land, scientists reported yesterday.

Elusive `alligator' is an imitator

A COUNTRY park may have unwittingly stumbled upon a novel way of pulling in the crowds thanks to a rare North American salamander.

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Snake assault conviction upheld

Snake assault conviction upheld

Books: Anyone for turkey with a little gaboon viper sauce?

The Snakebite Survivors' Club: Travel Among Serpents

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Jeremy Seal travelled to confront his worst fear - but snakes still terrify him.

Letter: Reptiles on rafts

Reptiles on rafts

Crocodile found in London park

Crocodile found in London park
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

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From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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