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Scientists observed snakes "slithering" through the air to stay aloft

Dom Joly: Conkers, my secret weapon in the war on spiders

Apparently it's going to be a bumper autumn for spiders. Oh dear. I am a committed arachnophobe, and run screaming like a girl from any room in which the presence of one is even suspected. It's a true phobia –irrational, and totally without cause. And it's only spiders – I don't mind snakes, for example. (Well, I wouldn't say I like snakes but I'd leave a room containing one a tad slower than I would one with a spider in.)

Endangered crocodiles get a lake to call their own

Local residents had to be persuaded not to hunt and kill the reintroduced reptiles

Your Questions: Could my new puppy get injured by creepy crawlies on our countryside walks?

Q. I've just got a new puppy and can't wait to take it for long walks, in town and in the country. However, I'm worried about some of the creepy crawlies we might encounter and what to do if he gets injured. Isabella, Suffolk

Snakes, wasps and spiders...Anna Pavord is enchanted and mystified by the residents of her garden

At last I've seen it, the snake that, over the past two seasons, has left perfect casts of itself in the garden. The skins, dry and crisp, were each about 130cm long, rounded like long sausages, each scale perfectly overlapped on the next. You could see where the eyes fitted in, where the mouth had been. They were light, translucent, fabulously beautiful things. But how could I have been sharing the garden with a creature four feet long and never seen it?

Boy bitten by snake in race attack

A gang attacked a 14-year-old black boy with a 4ft python, forcing the reptile to bite the teenager's hand, in what is believed to be a racist attack, police said yesterday

The 'secretive and timid' smooth snake is sliding back into Devon's heathland

Britain's rarest snake is about to expand its range. In a pioneering wildlife project, the non-venomous smooth snake is to be re-introduced to Devon after a 50-year absence.

Leading article: Turtle love

The tale of Lonesome George, the 90-year old Pinta Tortoise who appears to have mated successfully for the first time, has many lessons for the rest of us.

Does Tanzania's wilderness need another five-star hotel?

Keeping prices high and tourist numbers low could be the way to preserve the Serengeti and make it profitable. The new, luxurious Bilila Lodge Kempinski is part of the plan. Sankha Guha reports

Fugitive pythons terrorise Florida

Burmese snakes that escaped from pet shop 17 years ago threaten Everglades' unique eco-system

Escaped pet python strangles child

A 12ft pet Burmese python broke out of an aquarium and strangled a two-year-old girl in her bedroom, police in Florida said.

Woman’s horror as she finds snake in the cutlery drawer

A young Northern Irish woman has told how she screamed in horror at finding an 18-inch long snake in her cutlery drawer.

Police hunt for five foot python

Police were today on the lookout for a five foot python which escaped in a city.

Barbecue surprise for woman with snake phobia

A woman with a phobia of snakes was horrified to open her barbecue and find one curled up inside.

Toilet bowl snake bites man on penis

A Taiwanese man became a sitting target for a snake, which bit his penis as he sat on the toilet at his rural home, local media reported today.

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea