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None of these snakes are native to the UK and the increasing number of sightings of them is due to the increasing number of people keeping them. Snakes are incredible escape artists and many people are learning this the hard way. These stories to me are an indication of the explosion in popularity of reptile pets, their decrease in price and increase in availability, and in conjunction with this the number if irresponsible keepers. They are behaving in a way which is to be expected - looking for places with adequate warmth which are not likely to be found outside in the UK. The snake in the first story, for example, was incorrectly identified by the so called 'experts' and is actually Hydrodynastes gigas - a species which I keep and is native to Brazil. It's now dead where a North american species would maybe have survived the low temperatures. It is also mildly venomous and probably shouldn't be sold to just anybody, but is now widely available because so many people are breeding privately.French Marigold said:Hi everyone
I didnt know where to put this post. Had tried to start it on the posting about the Rare Black Indigo Snake but no bites ha...ha...I have a terrifying snake phobia and shouldnt be concerning myself with this but I cant help but wonder.
Does anyone have any input regarding the many recent discoveries of snakes being found in the UK, here are the most recent two on Sott net:
I wonder if these reptiles can sense the change in the vibration of the planet or humans?
I researched a little on the web and found a study done on snakes regarding vibration and hearing (they are actually deaf)
The conclusion on their study is as follows:
"Snakes would therefore be expected to have very poor pressure hearing and generally be insensitive to airborne sound, whereas the connection of the middle ear bone to the jaw bones in snakes should confer acute sensitivity to substrate vibrations."
"From this we conclude that pythons, and possibly all snakes, lost effective pressure hearing with the complete reduction of a functional outer and middle ear, but have an acute vibration sensitivity that may be used for communication and detection of predators and prey."
I would be interested to hear any comments about this.
This is also the case with all the stories of pythons we have seen recently, none of which are native to the placese they were seen. So that's the 'mechanism' by which these stories have increased. This of course in no way precludes the possibility that they represent a symbolic communication about the presence psychopaths among us.