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More mice paras in Guam.

US to bomb Guam with dead mice
http://rt.com/usa/us-snake-guam-mice-308/

In a desperate attempt to kill off two million brown tree snakes that are plaguing the territory of Guam, the US is bombing the island with poisoned dead mice, hoping that the snakes will eat them.

“We are taking this to a new phase. There really is no other place in the world with a snake problem like Guam,” Daniel Vice, assistant state director of the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in Guam, told the Associated Press.

The pile of dead mice, laced with painkillers that are deadly for snakes, will rain down onto Guam’s jungle canopy as scientists drop them from helicopters in a last-ditch attempt to eradicate the invasive species.

Even though the venom of brown tree snakes is nonlethal for humans, the snake infestation has damaged infrastructure and wiped out other species in Guam. Slithering into homes, the snakes often bite people and damage power lines and wires, resulting in large-scale blackouts. The tree snakes can grow to more than 10 feet in length, although most of them are usually just a few feet long.

Nearly all of Guam’s native birds have become wiped out in the years since the tree snake first came to the island aboard a US military ship more than 60 years ago. With much of Guam’s wildlife having become endangered or extinct, tourism has dwindled, thereby inflicting an economic toll on the US territory.

Located 3,000 miles away, officials in the state of Hawaii have long feared that the snakes could make their way over to the tropical island and destroy its local habitat, as well.

Vice predicts that if the US and Guam make no attempts to contain the snakes, "the possibility of the snakes getting to Hawaii is inevitable."

The National Wildlife Research Center estimates that a Hawaiian brown tree snake infestation would inflict $593 million to $2.14 billion in economic damages each year, including widespread power outages and a significant decrease in tourism. In an attempt to control the Guam-based infestation and prevent it from spreading, the US government will bombard the island with the dead mice starting this spring. The painkillers that the mice will be laced with include acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in medicines such as Tylenol.

Brown tree snakes are one of very few snake species that eat the corpses of dead animals that they didn’t kill themselves. Being highly vulnerable to acetaminophen, snakes that consume the dead mice will most likely expire.

Scientists will drop the dead mice individually from a helicopter. The bait will be attached to a flotation device with streamers that would ensure that the poisoned mice get caught in the branches of a tree, where the snakes live and feed.

Birds are also vulnerable to acetaminophen, but scientists claim that most of the birds have already been wiped out by the snakes anyway.

AP reports that the US government plans to begin dropping the poisoned mice in April or May.
 
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Australian police find 5.7m python in Queensland shop
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23254178

Python found in charity shop

Police initially thought a person had fallen through the roof

A 5.7m (19ft) python has been seized after it fell from the ceiling of a charity shop in Australia.

The python, weighing 17kg (37lbs), was recovered by a snake-handler after police investigated a suspected break-in at the shop in Ingham, Queensland.

"Its head was the size of a small dog," said police spokesman Sgt Don Auld.

The snake fell through a ceiling panel, smashing shop goods. Police said it may have got in through the roof, which was damaged by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

When police were initially called to the property on Monday, they believed a person had fallen through the ceiling because the roof panel had been cut in half.

Crockery, clothes and other goods were scattered all over the floor.

Police were called back to the shop the following day when a large crowd formed outside.

Sgt Auld said the snake must have been hiding when police went there the first time.

It has been released in nearby wetlands.
 
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Richard Parrinello, Animal-Control Officer, Hid 850 Snakes Worth $500,000 In His Home, Police Say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/2 ... 60766.html
09/19/13 10:42 PM ET EDT AP

Richard Parrinello snakes in home

SHIRLEY, N.Y. -- An animal-control officer had hundreds of snakes, including two 6-foot Burmese pythons, at his home, where he ran an illegal side business selling them, authorities said Thursday.

There were 850 snakes worth half a million dollars in a detached garage at the Shirley home of Richard Parrinello, including the Burmese pythons, which are illegal in New York state, officials said.

"There is a reason why Burmese pythons are illegal," said Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross, citing the deaths of two young boys in New Brunswick, Canada, who were killed by an African rock python while they slept last month.

Gross said Burmese pythons can grow to 30 feet long and are "an accident waiting to happen."

Parrinello has worked on and off as an animal-control officer for the town of Brookhaven since 1988, town spokesman Jack Krieger said.

Authorities spotted the snakes during an investigation into whether Parrinello was working while on disability leave from his town job.

During a weeks-long undercover investigation, authorities said, investigators caught Parrinello on camera claiming he had $500,000 in inventory – including snakes, turtles and turtle eggs – stored in a garage he'd converted into habitat space.

Parrinello faces multiple charges of owning the pythons and violating town codes by running a business at his home without a permit. He was issued two violations by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Authorities said Parrinello is cooperating. A man who answered the phone at a number listed on Parrinello's Snakeman's Exotics website said he had no comment.

Gross said the pythons were headed to an animal sanctuary in Massachusetts. It was unclear what would be done with the other snakes.
 

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Snake on a plane - for real! :D

Tiny snake on Qantas plane delays 370 passengers

A snake on a plane has delayed hundreds of Qantas passengers, who were forced to spend the night in a hotel when the reptile was discovered on-board the aircraft at Sydney International Airport on Sunday night.

The tiny snake, which measured just 20 centimetres long and was the width of a ball-point pen, was found wriggling near the door of QF21 on Sunday night. It was a little less threatening than the snakes in Jackson's 2006 fictional Hollywood blockbuster Snakes on a Plane, in which a nest of vipers causes death and destruction on a jet.

A Qantas spokeswoman said a cabin crew member discovered the critter before the 370 passengers boarded the plane, which was bound for Tokyo.
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The passengers were accommodated in hotels on Sunday night while quarantine inspectors caught and examined the snake. They are yet to determine what type it is.

The Qantas spokeswoman said the plane had been on the ground in Sydney all day on Sunday after an earlier flight from Singapore. The re-scheduled flight took off at 7.15am on Monday.

It's the second "snakes on a plane" moment for Qantas this year.

In January, a three-metre python hitched a ride on an early morning flight from Cairns to Papua New Guinea.

Passengers spotted the scrub python sitting outside on the wing of the plane.

It was believed to have crawled up inside the landing bay, before the wind caught the last 30 centimetres of its tail and pulled it straight out.

That snake did not survive the ordeal.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-inc ... z2fh4YCJ4B
 
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Snake thrown over fence and dumped in Orford, Warrington
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-me ... e-24441273

The snake was dumped at Fordton Leisure Centre in Orford

A snake has been rescued after it was thrown over a fence in a box in Warrington, Cheshire.

Police said a 4ft (1.2m) snake was found on a footpath at midnight at the disused Fordton Leisure Centre on Chiltern Avenue, Orford.

A concerned resident reported seeing someone throwing a box over the fence.

Police said officers "exercised caution" as they did not know if the snake was dangerous. She said the RSPCA said the snake was unharmed.

PC Julia West, who described it as one of their more unusual callouts, said the RSPCA was now caring for snake and trying to identify what species it was.

She said officers had "absolutely no idea" who dumped the snake or why.

"We haven't been able to identify the person involved, the reasoning behind or why someone dumped it at this location."

PC West added: "It could possibly be someone's pet."
 
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Bury St Edmunds 'Boa constrictor': Snake seen on pavement
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-24793957

The snake "slithered away" before police could confirm the Bury St Edmunds sighting

A 3ft (0.9m) snake, believed to be a boa constrictor, has been seen on the streets of Suffolk, police say.

The reptile was spotted by a woman in Sextons Way, Bury St Edmunds, about 09:40 GMT.

She described it to police as "brown in colour, about three foot long and two inches wide".

The officer who went to investigate said it had "slithered away before we got there". The RSPCA said it would be looking for somewhere warm.

The species, commonly found in tropical forests in South America, can grow up to three metres (9.8ft) long.

They do not have fangs or venom, but squeeze the life from their prey before swallowing the body whole.

A police spokeswoman said members of the public should not approach the snake.

Andy Robbins from the RSPCA said: "If this is a boa constrictor it's not venomous but people should err on the side of caution.

"It's likely to be an escaped pet and as temperatures are dropping it will mostly likely be trying to find warmth.

"If people are able to contain it safely, say just closing the doors if it was in a garage, they can then contact us we'll come and collect it."
 
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A nest of live snakes was discovered in a Washington state sewer pipe when a contractor ran a video camera down the line.

City engineer Gary Owen told The Wenatchee World he thought there were six snakes or more. Owen thinks they were bull snakes, possibly pets someone flushed down a toilet. The snakes might have tried to exit the sewer through toilets, but Owen says they were sealed off and entombed when a new liner was put in the sewer pipe. Owen says there was no way they could have been rescued.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/quir ... 72072.html
 

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Over two years ago, my daughter and her partner bred a clutch of bull snakes. Only three hatchlings survived, and one (the best-marked and most lively one) of them got out of its tub and went AWOL. They searched all over the house, which is situated on a farm, to no avail, and eventually decided it must have died or been taken by a bird (it was only slightly larger than a brawny earthworm...)

Yesterday she was walking her dogs when she noticed a little curly twig on the side of the footpath which, on closer inspection, turned out to be her missing hatchling. It wasn't much bigger than when it went missing, having trouble shedding its skin, and had some scarring and other damage, but it was very much alive - and at least 150 metres from her house!!

Rambo :roll: is now back home in a nice warm tub to settle for a week, then they'll offer him a pinky mouse.

Isn't that amazing? :D
 
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Over two years ago, my daughter and her partner bred a clutch of bull snakes. Only three hatchlings survived, and one (the best-marked and most lively one) of them got out of its tub and went AWOL. They searched all over the house, which is situated on a farm, to no avail, and eventually decided it must have died or been taken by a bird (it was only slightly larger than a brawny earthworm...)

Yesterday she was walking her dogs when she noticed a little curly twig on the side of the footpath which, on closer inspection, turned out to be her missing hatchling. It wasn't much bigger than when it went missing, having trouble shedding its skin, and had some scarring and other damage, but it was very much alive - and at least 150 metres from her house!!

Rambo :roll: is now back home in a nice warm tub to settle for a week, then they'll offer him a pinky mouse.

Isn't that amazing? :D
Good news! Will it be able to catch its own mice soon?
 

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Good news! Will it be able to catch its own mice soon?
Hopefully that won't be necessary - it'll be happy to accept frozen thawed food! But the fact that it's survived suggests that it's managed to find something to eat - possibly it found nests of baby mice, or something similar.

Mythopoeika said:
How come it didn't grow a lot bigger?
Aren't they supposed to grow much more than that?
Yes, they are - its parents are both around the 2-metre mark and as thick around as my wrist. But as our seasons are completely wrong for it - much colder - and our fauna adapted to them, there wouldn't be much suitably sized prey available for very long, and most of the year the snake would be torpid in the cold anyway. It's obviously found something to eat, or it would have starved to death by now, but adult snakes can go an amazingly long time between feeds - six months to a year is not that unusual, especially for larger specimens - but in a nice warm snake room with regular feeds I would expect it to be at least 30-45 cm long.
 
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Couple Finds 3-Foot Python In Couch

HOLBROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Officials on Long Island say a couple was startled when they discovered a 3-foot-long python in a couch.

The Suffolk County SPCA says Peter Wang and his wife were cleaning a basement apartment that had just recently been vacated when the wife removed one of the cushions from the couch and saw the snake.

Wang called the Town of Brookhaven Holtsville Ecology Center, which notified the SPCA.

The SPCA says the non-venomous Ball Python belonged to a former tenant and was going to be cared for by an upstairs tenant when it got loose. Ball Pythons are legal to own. No charges have been filed.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/1 ... 03252.html
 
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Vid at link.

7-foot Python Mysteriously Appears Under Hood Of Pickup Truck

This brown and yellow python was found slithering across the engine block of a pickup truck in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand.

Ault and the driver both ended up with a surprise Thursday when Ault popped the hood and found a brown and yellow python slithering across the engine block.

A police lieutenant responded to a call for help. He retrieved the 20-pound snake.

The python was taken to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, where spokesman Ben Swan says the reptile has minor injuries but otherwise is in good shape. ...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/1 ... 78786.html
 
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SNAKE SHOCKER

USA: Two women who opened the boot of their rental car to retrieve their luggage were greeted by a stowaway with a difference — a snake.

The women drove the rental car from Boston to Kennebunk in Maine, where they discovered the ball python.

The snake, which can grow up to 1.5m long, was turned over to the Maine Warden Service and was being transported to the Centre for Wildlife in York.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/quir ... 88863.html
 
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ANOTHER SNAKE SEIZED FROM MAN ARRESTED WITH PYTHON

USA: A second snake — this one a sickly boa constrictor — has been seized from a San Diego man who had a python around his neck when he was arrested a week ago on suspicion of driving while drunk. Authorities said that 27-year-old Travis Eisner-Young was arrested in his vehicle with the ball python on September 16.

After learning Eisner-Young had at least one more snake, Animal Services officers went to his hotel room and found a boa constrictor in poor condition. Animal Services deputy director Daniel DeSousa says the boa and the python are now at a veterinary hospital that specialises in exotic animals. Officials say the python was found to be suffering from dehydration, anaemia and starvation.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/quir ... 88863.html
 
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About Eaten Alive
On EATEN ALIVE — premiering Sun Dec 7 9/8c — naturalist and wildlife filmmaker Paul Rosolie enters the belly of an anaconda in a custom-built snake-proof suit.
How exactly any kind of suit will allow him not to be crushed and asphyxiated is unclear...

Trailer here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55HMPwBX-Yc
I would imagine it would mean certain death for the snake if it did manage to swallow him.
 

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What if the snake's not hungry? Or doesn't want that big a meal?
 
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Snake DNA Left in Bite ID's Serpent Assailant
A first-of-its-kind study finds it’s possible to analyze snake DNA left in a bite victim’s wound to identify the species—and thus the correct antivenom. Dina Fine Maron reports

Snakes still kill tens of thousands of people each year. Giving the antidote quickly can be the difference between life and death. But many bite victims cannot identify the species of their slithering assailants. Which leaves health care workers to make educated guesses about treatment.

Now a first-of-its-kind study finds that it’s possible to analyze snake DNA left in the victim’s wound to identify the snake—and thus the correct antivenom. The preliminary findings were presented November 4th at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans. ...

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podca ... assailant/
 
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The world's oldest known snake fossils: Rolling back the clock by nearly 70 million years
Date: January 27, 2015

Source: University of Alberta

Summary: Fossilized remains of four ancient snakes have been dated between 140 and 167 million years old -- nearly 70 million years older than the previous record of ancient snake fossils -- and are changing the way we think about the origins of snakes.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150127122446.htm
 
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A pet python in the Australian city of Adelaide has had surgery to remove a pair of BBQ tongs it accidentally ate, according to local media.

Owner Aaron Rouse was feeding a dead rat to his snake, named Winston, when the reptile swallowed the tongs.

Mr Rouse enlisted the help of a veterinarian at Adelaide University to perform the operation to extract them. ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-32732870
 
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Boa constrictors were long thought to kill their prey by suffocation, slowly squeezing the life out one ragged breath at a time.


But a new study reveals that these big, non-venomous serpents, found in tropical Central and South America,subdue their quarry with a much quicker method: Cutting off their blood supply.

When a boa tightens its body around its prey, it throws off the finely tuned plumbing of the victim's circulatory system. Arterial pressures plummet, venous pressures soar, and blood vessels begin to close. (Read how snakes know when to stop squeezing their prey.)

"The heart literally doesn't have enough strength to push against the pressure," says study leader Scott Boback, a vertebrate ecologist at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150722-boa-constrictors-snakes-animals-science-kill/
 
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An "incredibly rare" sighting of an adder swimming in the New Forest has been filmed by the South's Inside Out team.

Britain's only venomous snake was seen at the Lymington Keyhaven Nature Reserve and is occasionally known to swim. It is thought to be one of the first times it has been captured on camera.

Warden Pete Durnell said: "This is a very unusual sighting. Adders are fairly common on the reserve but it's extremely rare to see them entering the water like this and not something I have witnessed."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-33828342

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A couple who took their nearly 5-foot boa constrictor for a swim in a Pennsylvania river say the pet slipped away and they're concerned about its welfare.

The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1JfL8XN ) that Kolby and Zachary Latranyi had been swimming with the snake named Leyla last weekend in the Susquehanna River. The Latranyis say the red-tailed boa was shedding, so the swim was designed to help it remove material from its scales.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbe...-for-swim-in-river-say-it-vanished/ar-BBlJ41l
 
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Keepers from a reptile park in Australia have rescued a venomous snake that had its head stuck in a tin can.

Tim Faulkner from the Australian Reptile Park released the red-bellied black snake by gently cutting it free.

The snake was uninjured, but keepers warned about the dangers of discarding rubbish.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-34048938
 
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“Watch out for rattlesnakes!” is an often-tossed warning from one hiker to another during spring and summertime in the West. But this year, winter may bring more dangers from venomous reptiles.

In a recent study, researchers found snakebites peak during El Niño events. This winter is expected to produce one of the most intense El Niño weather patterns in history, bringing heavy rain and aiming much of its wrath on the west coasts of North and Central America. It could bring welcome relief to drought-stricken regions.

But snakes? Really?

Snakebites affect more people than one might think: 2.5 million are bitten annually worldwide. Nearly 100,000 are killed by the bites and another 500,000 suffer serious medical complications. People in living in poorer and more rural areas have a higher likelihood of being bitten, according to the study published in the journal Science Advances.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/el-niño-could-spur-uptick-in-snakebites-this-winter/ar-AAeudg2
 
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The real reason why there aren’t any snakes in Ireland (Sorry, St. Patrick)

St. Patrick didn’t banish all the snakes from Ireland; there were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with.Photo by: iStock

Legend tells it that in addition to introducing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick banished all the snakesfrom the Emerald Isle, chasing them into the sea from atop a cliff where he had undertaken a 40-day fast.


As beloved as this element of St. Patrick’s story may be, a brief scientific inquiry and look back through history – such as the one National Geographic conducted in 2014 – reveals what while St. Patrick did a great many things, sending snakes slithering away from Ireland was not one of them.

The truth is that there were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with.

There are no signs of snakes in Ireland’s fossil record. In fact, it’s likely that for millennia there weren’t any snakes in either Ireland or Britain, though Britain eventually gained three species of snakes: the Grass Snake, the Adder Snake and the Smooth Snake.

So, how did that happen?

During the Ice Age, Ireland and England were too frigid to be suitable habitats for cold-blooded reptiles such as snakes. But then, 10,000 years ago, when the glaciers shifted and land emerges connecting Europe, England and Ireland, allowing for migration. Animals that did make it to Ireland during this time period included brown bears, lynx and wild boars.

As Popular Science noted, when the glaciers began melting, the land between Ireland and England was covered over 8,500 years ago, but the land between Britain and Europe went underwater 6,500 years ago, allowing more time for snakes to slither over.

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/h... IC - Feb 3&utm_term=The Best of IrishCentral
 

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The Glaciers must have chased them off. In sub-artic Ontario Canada the Eastern Garter Snake lives right up to the edges of James Bay, a sub-artic treeless wilderness. An area where the winter temperature regularly holds at -50 F or -45 C during the dead of winter. Few people live in this this sub-artic barren wilderness.
 

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The real reason why there aren’t any snakes in Ireland (Sorry, St. Patrick)

St. Patrick didn’t banish all the snakes from Ireland; there were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with.Photo by: iStock

Legend tells it that in addition to introducing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick banished all the snakesfrom the Emerald Isle, chasing them into the sea from atop a cliff where he had undertaken a 40-day fast.


As beloved as this element of St. Patrick’s story may be, a brief scientific inquiry and look back through history – such as the one National Geographic conducted in 2014 – reveals what while St. Patrick did a great many things, sending snakes slithering away from Ireland was not one of them.

The truth is that there were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with.

There are no signs of snakes in Ireland’s fossil record. In fact, it’s likely that for millennia there weren’t any snakes in either Ireland or Britain, though Britain eventually gained three species of snakes: the Grass Snake, the Adder Snake and the Smooth Snake.

So, how did that happen?

During the Ice Age, Ireland and England were too frigid to be suitable habitats for cold-blooded reptiles such as snakes. But then, 10,000 years ago, when the glaciers shifted and land emerges connecting Europe, England and Ireland, allowing for migration. Animals that did make it to Ireland during this time period included brown bears, lynx and wild boars.

As Popular Science noted, when the glaciers began melting, the land between Ireland and England was covered over 8,500 years ago, but the land between Britain and Europe went underwater 6,500 years ago, allowing more time for snakes to slither over.

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/The-real-reason-why-there-arent-any-snakes-in-Ireland-Sorry-St-Patrick.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best of IC - Feb 3&utm_term=The Best of IrishCentral
Is anyone else unconvinced by the 'snakes represent paganism' and 'dragons represent paganism' claim? I've been reading it in books of popular folklore (and in other books) since I could read, but haven't seen any convincing evidence backing the claim. It has the appeal of portraying Christian missionary saints, and Christianity on the whole, as an overbearing invader that banished all the old magic from the world, a notion which I'm sure is attractive to folklorists. But is there any actual evidence that there is a connection? Isn't it enough that those figures credited with introducing Christianity and converting our populations were already known to have done just that, and any serpent-banishing and dragon-slaying is just aggrandizement? Is John Lambton ever credited with having banished paganism from County Durham? Just musing, really.
 
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