A mysterious snake disease causes pythons to tie themselves in a knot they can’t get out of.
It’s called Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) and it affects captive pythons and boa constrictors . They causing strange behavior, such as ‘stargazing’ (staring upwards for long periods of time), appearing drunk and getting into quite a tangle.
When investigating DNA samples from affected snakes, scientists saw an unusual virus called arenavirus, a virus that usually affects mammals and not snakes. They believe an entire new lineage of that virus has been found.
The house is 8 feet by 18 feet, which is just about the same footprint as a Chevy Suburban. I don’t know if that makes me feel weird about myself, or makes me feel weird about America. But in either case, there’s that little fact to ruminate on. The house has a kitchen, dining/living room, bathroom, bedroom loft and storage loft. It also has a wood burning stove and a chimney.
We even added a set of jumping shelves for the cats to be able to get up to the loft. They’ve done it many times already, and have made me question my own level of athleticism.
While the land of the free is spending more on criminals and locking more people up than ever, Sweden is eliminating prisons and minimizing its prison population. The Swedes were able to close four prisons when its inmate population dropped 6% between 2011 and 2012.