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Snakes on a Plane

Four baby pythons escaped from their compartment on a passenger plane in Australia, forcing the cancellation of two flights. A reptile expert cannot find them, and is unsure if they’ve escaped or are hiding in the cabin. No big deal, you say, Australia’s far away. It wouldn’t happen here, right? Wrong. A piece by Berkhard Bilger in The New Yorker documents the spread of the Burmese Python in Florida. The species is spreading in the wild and, if current global warming patterns hold up, could survive in Manhattan by the end of the century.