Monday, January 22, 2007

Snakes on a.....WTF

This is no goofy movie. This is the real deal. A drought in Australia is causing thousands of snakes to penetrate urban areas with scary results.

Australian wildlife officials warn that a serious drought is driving tens of thousands of snakes into urban areas.

Many venomous reptiles are moving into residential and business areas in search of moisture.
Last week a 16-year-old boy in Sydney died from a bite by an Eastern Brown, one of the world's deadliest snakes.

Many parts of Australia have been hard-hit by the drought, described as the worst for more than 100 years.

Experts have warned that an army of snakes is on the move, looking for water. Driven by extreme thirst they have been discovered in gardens, bedrooms and even Australian shopping centres.

Hospitals have reported a rising number of snakebites. Toxicologists have said there have been 60 serious cases since September.

H/T Blake

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