03 Jun '11, 5pm

Life Thrives in Strange Places: 14 Urban Ecosystems

Life Thrives in Strange Places: 14 Urban Ecosystems

Rationally, you can say that snakes can’t possibly live in sewer systems, ready to pop up out of the toilet when you’re at your most vulnerable. But tell that to the many people around the world to whom this has actually happened. While ‘sewer gators’ may be entirely the stuff of urban legend, snake-in-the-toilet stories are all too real, and usually result from pets or wild snakes making their way into plumbing systems. In 2007, a Brooklyn woman was shocked to find a 7-foot python in her toilet, while a Bronx man found a 3-foot corn snake coiled atop his own toilet last fall. In India, snakes in the toilet seem to be a common occurrence. While people usually aren’t harmed by these encounters, a Jacksonville, Florida woman wasn’t so lucky . One night in 2005, she lifted up the lid to her toilet and was immediately bitten by a deadly water moccasin with a head “three finger...

Full article: http://webecoist.com/2011/06/03/life-thrives-in-strange-p...

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Can Urban Farming Save the World?

Can Urban Farming Save the World?

eatdrinkbetter.com 09 Jun '11, 3pm

San Francisco’s urban agriculture bill , and it’s great to see other towns reaping the benefits of urban farming. Urban fa...