Indonesian man found dead inside giant python. © Provided by AFP Pythons, which regularly top 20 feet, are commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines An Indonesian farmer has been discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man vanished while harvesting his crops, an official said Wednesday.
The body of 25-year-old Akbar was found when local people cut open the seven metre (23 foot) python after it was found bloated and slithering awkwardly in the village of Salubiro, on the eastern island of Sulawesi on Monday. Holy Crab! Fearless Australian Poses With Massive Coconut Crab. Radioactive Wild Boars Roam Fukushima, Japan. Thanks to this morning's Boston Globe, we have a new Lead Story in our rapidly expanding file entitled, If It Ain't One Damn Thing, It's Another.
This one, I assure you, goes to the top of the pile and stays there. Hundreds of toxic wild boars have been roaming across northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to desert their homes, pets, and livestock. Some animals, like cattle, were left to rot in their pens. As Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four towns within the more than 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant this month, officials are struggling to clear out the contaminated boars. Log In - New York Times. Bothrops insularis - Wikipedia. Physical morphology Size and appearance On average B. insularis grows to a length of 70 cm (28 in) and is known to reach 118 cm (46 in). The color pattern consists of a pale yellowish-brown ground color, overlaid with a series of dorsal blotches that may be triangular or quadrangular, broad or narrow, and alternating or opposite along the dorsal median.
In captivity, this yellowish color often becomes darker, which may be the result of poor circulation caused by ineffective thermoregulation. A banded pattern results when the pattern is opposite. Photos: This Python Chowed Down on 3 Deer. New evidence that early chimps and bonobos interbred. New DNA analyses show that chimpanzees and bonobos were more than just friends in the past.
Scientists Say Apes Can Predict Human Mistakes. Everybody’s got that one friend who just keeps making terrible choices.
You can see the consequences a mile off; unfortunately, they can’t, and you know it. This concept—that we can anticipate other people’s beliefs or behaviors, even when we know they’re mistaken—seems uniquely human. Now Japanese researchers say apes can do it, too, albeit on a much simpler scale. They published their findings in the journal Science.
Giant tortoise. Giant tortoises are characteristic reptiles that are found on two groups of tropical islands: the Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador (a population at the Mascarene Islands was exterminated by the 1900s) .
These tortoises can weigh as much as 417 kg (919 lb) and can grow to be 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) long. Giant tortoises originally made their way to islands from the mainland; for example, Aldabra Atoll and Mascarenes giant tortoises are related to Madagascar tortoises while Galapagos giant tortoises are related to Ecuador mainland tortoises. This phenomenon of excessive growth is known as islands gigantism or insular gigantism.
Absurd Creature of the Week: The Mystery of Solenodon, the Mammal That Bites Like a Snake. You’re a mammal, so pat yourself on the back—no, not you, lizard people from outer space posing as high-ranking members of the US government.
Mammals have got it made: Fur to keep you warm, milk to nourish your young, relatively big brains to keep you not dumb. What you don’t have, though, is a venomous bite … unless you are in fact a lizard person from outer space. Pitbulls used to be considered the perfect ‘nanny dogs’ for children — until the media turned them into monsters. The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon - Issue 18: Genius. Toronto resident Simon Treadwell wheeled a garbage bin onto a snow-bound lot next to his property one evening this past winter.
Inside the bin was a smelly mixture of wet and dry cat food, sardines, and fried chicken. Snake Insistently Plays Dead, Is a Giant Ham About It. Legless geckos slither using skin ridges. A belly carpeted in flattened ridges may help legless lizards slither.
Some geckos have only two tiny tabs for legs, so they wriggle and glide like snakes. These geckos may propel themselves with microscopic corduroy-like ribs on their skin, Marlene Spinner of the University of Kiel in Germany and colleagues suggest October 9 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Unlike geckos with legs, which owe their sticky grip to spines on the skin, the flap-footed lizard Lialis jicari is spine-free where skin skims the ground. Instead, the reptile carries blunt nubs on the chin and rows of orderly ripples on the stomach, the team discovered by examining freshly shed skin under a microscope. The skin ribs could reduce friction as the animals slide forward.
Apes can relive their past through ’mental time travel’ Humans are no longer the only animal capable of recalling own experiences from the past.
So concludes a new study, claiming that so-called ‘autobiographical memory’ is present in chimpanzees and orangutans as well. (Photo: Colourbox) We have all at some point in our lives experienced how a certain sound, a specific smell or taste can make distant events from our past – good as bad – spring back to life. Scientists refer to these flashbacks as ‘autobiographical memory’ or with a more popular term: ‘mental time travel’. Water Trapped For 1.5 Billion Years Could Hold Ancient Life. This map, from the United States Geological Survey, shows the age of bedrock in different regions of North America. Scientists found ancient water in bedrock north of Lake Superior.
This region, colored red, was formed more than 2.5 billion years ago. United States Geological Survey Scientists have discovered water that has been trapped in rock for more than a billion years. A Different Kind of Smart. How to Raise Backyard Chickens. Creek and two of his lovely lady lumps. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. I’m a smart man. I have surrounded myself with a very beautiful group of girls who tirelessly landscape my yard, provide rich compost for my garden, dispose of my kitchen scraps, handle insect control around the house, keep me company, and even make me a fresh breakfast each morning.
Long Cloaked in Mystery, Owls Start Coming Into Their Own. 12 Most Amazing Exotic Birds. The Rainbow Lorikeet The Rainbow Lorikeet, (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania.
Fresh Clues In Dinosaur Whodunit Point To Asteroid. Some 66 million years ago, about 75 percent of species on Earth disappeared. Pitbulls Used to Be Considered the Perfect "Nanny Dogs" for Children. New world map of animal life. Biogeography involves the mapping and scientific explanation of the spread of life on Earth. The new world map of the planet’s land animals is based on data covering mammals, birds and amphibians. It divides the world into 11 major regions based on animal affinity. In addition to the 11 zoogeographic realms, shown above, the scientists also mapped 20 smaller regions within their boundaries. Large and small Europe and the northern part of Asia are in the Palearctic region.
It means that animals with habitats within this huge region share certain common traits. Do dogs see what’s happening on TV? The Fuzzy Face of Climate Change - Tiger dating: can tigers find love in faeces? Geese All Flying To Andy García's House For Winter. LOS ANGELES—In an annual ritual that has long heralded the changing of seasons, thousands of geese have left their native breeding grounds across North America and begun to head south, taking to the skies in droves as they migrate to actor Andy García’s house for the winter. Each year, seeking to escape harsh weather, numerous varieties of Canada geese, snow geese, greater white-fronted geese, and cackling geese fatten up on vegetation in their natural habitats until they are plump enough to fly the thousands of miles necessary to reach the friendlier climes of the Academy Award nominee’s 6,747-square-foot Spanish-style hacienda in Toluca Lake, CA.
Reached for comment, García told reporters that over the years he has grown accustomed to entire populations of diverse geese species settling down on his property for the colder months. Humans have added new bones to the pig. Undead-End: Fungus That Controls Zombie-Ants Has Own Fungal Stalker. Elephants have 'special alarm call' to warn of bees. Elephant personalities revealed by scientists.