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Julie Power

Julie Power is a reporter for Fairfax Media

Seven-year-old Phoenix Clucas choked when her necklace caught on a slide at a birthday party on the central coast.

How Phoenix survived

Phoenix's face was blue with asphyxiation when she was found hanging from her necklace that had snagged on a slide.

When snake catcher Barry Goldsmith saw the two-metre-long boa constrictor in a shed in Seaford, he "just picked her up, ...

Snakes alive: plan to stop snakes at the border

Increasing numbers of exotic snakes, many poisonous, are slipping unseen into Australia by plane, ship and the mail, prompting a new plan to stop more coming before they threaten native flora and fauna.