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  1. Invasive Snakes Turning Guam Into Nightmarish Island of the Spiders

    Invasive species can be bad times pretty much anywhere, but nowhere do they cause so much trouble as an island. In the closed environment of an island, just a couple of out of place animals can utterly transform an entire ecosystem. Invasive brown tree snakes in Guam have devastated populations of native birds that once dined on the island's spiders. With those birds on the ropes, Guam's spiders have taken the run of the place. The result is an arachnid population boom so serious that gaps in the island's tree canopy are now regularly filled with enormous spiderwebs. For every one spider on neighboring islands not afflicted by tree snakes, Guam now hosts up to 40 of the creepy crawlers, turning Guam from a tropical island paradise to a snake and spider dominated horror show right out of every Dungeon Master's dreams.

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  2. Virgin Birth in Snakes More Common Than Predicted, Men One Step Closer to Obsolescence

    Some snakes don't need a man to be a good mom -- they may not even need a man to make a baby, period. A study of copperhead and cottonmouth snakes suggests that males of the species may be less necessary than previously thought. Published this week in the journal Biological Letters, the study marks the first time virgin births have been seen in animals in the wild that normally breed sexually. Virgin births, in which the female supplies all of the genetic material for a child, have been seen in snakes in captivity before, so it's not surprising that it happens in the wild. What is surprising is the rate at which they occurred -- 1 in 22 births for copperheads, and 1 in 37 for cottonmouths. Those rates suggest that parthenogenesis -- the technical term for giving birth without having sex -- may be much more common in nature than predicted.

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  3. Experiment Reveals 6% of Humans Casually Murder Rubber Animals

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    Other lessons gleaned from this vital research:

    • 94% of drivers are boring.
    • You're way more likely to intentionally create roadkill if you drive a truck or SUV.
    • Don't leave ponytailed guys alone with your rubber snake.
    (via Mad Art Lab.)

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  4. Guy Counts 1,000 Cars, 10 Swerved To Make Turtle Roadkill

    Why would you even do that?

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  5. Indian Man Protests Government Corruption with Writhing Mass of Snakes

    When Indian snake charmer Hakkul found that a plot of land he was promised was being held from him unless he bribed certain officials, he protested by leaving a writhing mass of snakes in a tax office in Uttar Pradesh, as one does. Hakkul needed the land to care for his writhing mass of snakes and apparently would have gotten it if not for corrupt officials. Among his writhing mass were several venomous cobras. Reportedly, no one was hurt during the protest.

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  6. This Dude Likes Shoving Poisonous Snakes Up His Nose, Apparently [Video]

    Wanna see something really cool? So do I. Here's a video of 53-year-old Liu Fei shoving poisonous snakes up his nose and looking kind of like Cthulhu. That's close enough, right?

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  7. Huge Gecko Helps His Friend Survive a Snake Attack [Video]

    Not only are both geckos much larger than you probably thought geckos to be, but one of them is the best gecko friend any gecko could have and saves his buddy from a snake attack.

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  8. Driving in a Car and OHMIGOSHNO [VIDEO]

    You know how sometimes when you are driving, a wasp lands on your windshield and for the remainder of its existence on said windshield, "Please don't fly up through the air vents and kill me," is the only thing running through your brain? Well, what if that wasp was a snake? Not just hiding in a car engine this time.

    (via Jalopnik)

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  9. You Know That Horrible Fear of a Snake in Your Toilet? What About in Your Car Engine? [Video]

    Probably high atop everyone's list of Totally Irrational Fears That Aren't That Irrational In Retrospect If They Actually Came True, is opening the toilet lid to see a huge snake staring back at you, probably eager to escape its watery prison once you helpfully lifted the lid. Worse: If you don't check before you sit down. Well, what if your car stopped running and you opened the hood to tinker with its mechanical guttyworks, only to see a humongous anaconda launch out at you? Because that happened. Right there in the above video.

    (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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