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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

Letter: Reviewers, royals and reptiles

'Right To Reply' is one of just five programmes which remain from the original Channel 4 schedule, as David Aaronovitch observes (Review, 2 November). However, it is inconceivable that this is for the reason he gives - "For 15 years now, the Eileen Tonkses of Britain have been afforded their tedious moment of complaint on Right To Reply".

Health: Salmonella risk from pet reptiles

Pet snakes and lizards pose a significant salmonella risk to babies, doctors warned yesterday. A study in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood reported on two children, one 11 days old and the other eight weeks, who both became ill from salmonella infection.

EVOLUTION: Study of lizards proves Darwin was right

Scientists believe they have proved Charles Darwin was right by setting lizards on different evolutionary paths and watching the results. Darwin argued in The Origin of the Species that when organisms colonise a new territory they adapt to its conditions and eventually evolve into a new species.

Hollow bones of flying reptile rewrite evolution

This 250-million-year-old skeleton, of the first known flying vertebrate has made scientists reconsider their ideas on how organisms can evolve.

Lover's reptile revenge

A jilted Indonesian woman released six cobras in a crowded karaoke bar in central Jakarta to teach her former boyfriend, who worked there, a lesson.

Caterpillars more deadly than snakes

A caterpillar has killed a woman in Brazil, prompting calls by doctors to have the larvae declared a public health hazard. Death by caterpillar is now more common than by snakebite in some areas of the country.

Bitten by an adder - 'the doctors were worse'

Statistically you have more chance of being killed by a wasp than dying at the teeth of Britain's only venomous snake.

yesterday was a ...

Good Day for a man with eight fingers, from Sydney, who has been reunited with the two fingers he lost in an accident with a circular saw 25 years ago. The two mummified fingers were found in a pile of wallpaper in a house scheduled for demolition. They were given to the police who tracked down their previous owner.

Zoologist lifts lid on evolution of tortoise shells

Comedians might wonder why the chicken crossed the road, but scientists have a more vexing question: how did the tortoise gets its shell? An Australian zoologist working on fossil records believes he has the answer.

We will fight them on the beaches ...

Tourism and conservation are at loggerheads on an idyllic Greek island, writes Chas Walton

Leading Article: From reptile to Newt

You have seen the person hundreds of times before, but never taken much notice. Apathetically, you construct an entire personality on the flimsiest of evidence. Suddenly the cipher fills out and takes on a personality. So John Redwood - reputed to be a reptilian, calculating swot - turned out yesterday to be a humorous, slightly gauche improviser. His bid for power is revealed not to be a sinister plot, but the result of honest exasperation.

LETTER : Gear for plant hunters

IN HIS article on Britain's New Wave "plant hunters" ("Pith helmets optional", Sunday Review, 28 May), Michael Leapman finds that these two words "evoke visions of men and women in pith helmets roving the plains and jungles of the Orient armed with a sharp knife, a plastic bag and a phial of snake-bite serum".

When gerbils bite

From Ms Jackie Roswell

LETTER:Snakes with a suitable diet

From Mr Paul Whiteman
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