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  1. Snakes

  2. Exotic Pets (Planet-Pets.com)
      Provides descriptions, pictures, and suggestions for the care and feeding of Chinchillas, Ferrets, Frogs, Gerbils, Goats, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Hedgehogs, Llamas, Prairie Dogs, Rats, Snakes, Sugar Gliders, Tarantulas, and Zebus.

  3. What Is the West Bank Wall? (BBC News)
      "The West Bank 'security fence' has been highly controversial ever since the Israeli government decided to build it in 2002."

      "After initial hesitation, the government adopted the plan saying it was essential to prevent Palestinian would-be suicide bombers from entering Israel and attacking Israeli civilians, as has happened many times during the Palestinian intifada."

      "Pro-settlement objections have been largely assuaged by the fact that the structure is not being built on Israel's pre-1967 boundary, but snakes several kilometres into the West Bank to link settlements up to Israel."

      "For Israel's critics, the plan epitomises everything that is wrong with Israel's occupation of Palestinian land and its approach to making peace with its Arab neighbours."

      "Palestinian land is confiscated to build the barrier; hundreds of Palestinian farmers and traders are cut off from their land and means of economic survival. Most significantly, it creates 'facts on the ground' and imposes unilateral solutions which preclude negotiated agreements in the future."

      "The impact of the plan has been felt most acutely in Qalqilya itself, once known as the West Bank's 'fruit basket', which lies within a tight loop in the wall. It is cut off on three sides - from the farms which supply its markets and the region's second-largest water sources in the region. Access to the 40,000-inhabitant town will pass through a single Israeli checkpoint."

      "Two separate court challenges are being made to the barrier, one in The Hague and the other in Israel itself."

  4. Snake Types (Wikipedia.org)
      "Snakes are cold blooded legless reptiles closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. There are also several species of legless lizard which superficially resemble snakes, but are not otherwise related to them."

      Also describes how to feed snakes.

  5. -Ike Leaves Devastation in Texas (MSNBC News)
      "Residents who didn't leave ahead of Ike wait for ice, water and ready-to-eat meals at a FEMA site in Houston on Monday. In nearby Galveston, hungry and exhausted residents were urged to leave that city as relief supplies failed to meet demand."

      "A humanitarian crisis unfolded Monday along the Texas coast as thousands of Hurricane Ike victims clamored for food, water, electricity and gasoline and found nothing much to go home to except streets littered with piles of debris, spewing sewage, and floodwaters crawling with snakes and alligators." 09-08

  6. Anaconda Snake Concern for the U.S. (Slate.com)
      "Snakes are cold blooded legless reptiles closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. There are also several species of legless lizard which superficially resemble snakes, but are not otherwise related to them."

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