Lizard protections sought in Southwest amid US oil boom
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small lizard found among the dunes straddling New Mexico and West Texas in one of the nation's richest oil basins is at the center of a legal complaint filed...
Choosing your first reptile: some species to look for
Reptiles are easier to keep than ever, with special equipment available in almost any pet store. This ease of entry, however, means that beginners can end up in over their head.
Search party to try to find iguana in Des Moines park
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers planned to meet at a Des Moines park this weekend to search for a missing South American orange iguana.
The 16-year-old, 4-foot iguana named "Brahm" is the...
Florida school finds bearded dragon in student’s backpack
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district says an unusual passenger was found in a student's backpack.
In a Facebook post, Bay County School District officials say they found a...
Environmentalists seek to protect dunes sagebrush lizard
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A small lizard native to southeast New Mexico is the latest animal to spark a debate between environmentalists, the federal government and oil and gas operators.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are clarifying instructions to the public about killing non-native iguanas.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., says the first documented Asian water dragon to be born from the DNA of a single parent has died.
Reptile invasion: Florida agency encourages killing iguanas
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Non-native iguanas are multiplying so rapidly in South Florida that a state wildlife agency is now encouraging people to kill them.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have finally captured a large invasive Asian water monitor that had been running loose in the Florida Keys for more than a year.
BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man who smuggled rare lizards from the Philippines to the U.S. by hiding them in socks and placing them inside electronic equipment has pleaded guilty.
Hundreds of animals seized from Texarkana home
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Arkansas have seized hundreds of animals, including snakes, lizards and rats, from a Texarkana home as part of an animal cruelty...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has named a venomous lizard with black and yellow bead-like scales as its state reptile.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law last week that adds...
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday they also found geckos and chameleons in the luggage of a Russian tourist who was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drugged...
Large lizard from South America has Georgia on its mind
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A South American lizard could be establishing a breeding population in south Georgia, state wildlife officials say.
The lizards — known as tegus — can grow up to 4 feet...
Utah considers naming Gila monster as state reptile
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to designate the Gila monster as the state reptile.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican state Rep. Bill Lowry sponsored...
Seattle zoo takes in 250 tarantulas, Gila monsters
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials at the zoo in Seattle have taken in 250 tarantula spiderlings that were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from an importer.
Woodland Park Zoo officials on Friday invited media to photograph the spiders as well as exotic reptiles including Gila monsters that were taken in recently after a woman in southern Washington died.
Latest: Rain partially collapses child care center roof
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):
Rain from a Southern California storm caused the partial collapse of a roof at a child care center but no youngsters were hurt.
KSWB-TV reports that the collapse happened Thursday afternoon at the Homeroom Hourly Child Care center in the San Diego suburb of Carlsbad.
Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday the Asian water monitor lizard measures more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) long.
The lizard is an escaped pet. It was first reported loose in August in a Davie neighborhood. Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors.
Stolen lizard returned to Lawrence pet store
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a Lawrence pet store says an allegedly stolen lizard was anonymously returned a day after the store posted security footage of the theft on social media.
Giant Monitor lizard is terrorizing Florida family
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida family is terrified of a huge Monitor lizard that has taken up residence in their back yard.
The lizard is about 7 feet long (2 meters) and weighs about 150 pounds. Homeowner Zachary Lieberman tells the Sun Sentinel that the lizard was at his back patio door "scratching to get inside the house" on Sunday night.
Missing pet lizard turns up safe after gone for weeks
WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman's 3 ½-foot lizard that went missing nearly a month ago is home again safe and sound.
Liz Rose says her black and white tegu lizard named Tiggs was found close to her home in a neighbor's shed Sunday, no worse for wear other than being a little skinnier.
Texas comptroller revises plan to protect lizard species
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas comptroller's office is seeking federal approval to reform a troubled state program designed to protect a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin.
WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A 3 ½-foot lizard is on the loose in Massachusetts, and its owner warns that it could bite.
Liz Rose tells The Sun of Lowell that her Argentine black and white tegu lizard named Tiggs escaped its outdoor enclosure at her Wilmington home last week.
She has been roaming the woods looking for the 4-year-old lizard, has distributed fliers and posted images on social media.
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are searching for the owner of a large lizard that got loose.
Invasive species trigger rapid evolution for lizards in Florida
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County prepares for effects of possible lizard conservation
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A little lizard is the center of controversy again, with a Chaves County administrator vowing to work if need be to keep lands in the county available for business use.
"The lizard is back on our radar," said Chaves County Manager Stanton Riggs at the June 25 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Out of control iguanas infesting South Florida
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Florida's not quite Jurassic Park, but it's getting close.
Packs of green iguanas are swarming seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and leaving a path of destruction and filth in their wake. Like a shot of espresso, the hot summer sun has stoked activity in the cold-blooded creatures, which experts say may be at record numbers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 16 about lizards with green blood, The Associated Press misidentified them as amphibians. Lizards are reptiles.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Science Says: Green-blooded lizards pose evolutionary puzzle
Scientists are gaining evolutionary insights into why a group of lizards in New Guinea have green blood
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The owners of an Oregon-based private wildlife center are petitioning to get their exotic animals back after Olympia animal control officers seized them a few weeks ago.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Sloths and other exotic animals have been confiscated from a home in Olympia.
KIRO-TV reports that South American tree sloths, an Asian monitor lizard and other reptiles and insects were taken on Saturday. The TV station reports that the owners are licensed as a sloth rescue in Oregon, but could not produce any paperwork showing the animals could be legally owned in Washington state.
Lizard smuggler sentenced to house arrest in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who smuggled five monitor lizards into the U.S. — two of which died — will spend six months under house arrest.
City News Service says Gayle Simpson was sentenced Thursday in Los Angeles federal court.
The 34-year-old Inglewood resident pleaded guilty in September to smuggling monitor lizards that were shipped from the Philippines.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Residents near San Diego are warned to watch out for a four-legged fugitive: a 5 ½-foot monitor lizard that wriggled out of its cage.
Mike Estevez tells KGTV that a 35-pound reptile named Bubbles was last seen on Sunday at his store, Mike's Pets in Spring Valley.
Estevez says the carnivorous critter probably managed to escape through a tiny crevice at the bottom of a cage.
Vermont man charged with illegally importing 2 lizards
WESTFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is facing fish and wildlife violations for illegally bringing two lizards into the state, both of which can grow very large.
Beer calendar: Winking Lizard Cider and Mead Fest, Aquarium Adult Swim tasting, Lake Erie Harley Brew Fest, more
Beer calendar: Winking Lizard Cider and Mead Fest, Aquarium Adult Swim tasting, Lake Erie Harley Brew Fest, more
CLEVELAND, Ohio - There's a lot of beer tastings and events coming up in Greater Cleveland. The Winking Lizard has a cider and mead fest, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium holds an Adult Swim tasting, Canton Brewing Co. has a dinner with the brewmaster, Lake Erie Harley Red, White and Brew Fest is set and many others. Deadline to submit events is Thursday; email email@example.com:
4-foot-long lizard found in Southern California backyard
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A lizard that can grow to be 8 feet long has been found in Southern California, thousands of miles from its native land, and authorities think it's a pet gone astray.
The 4-foot-long crocodile monitor was spotted sunning itself on top of a hedge Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of a Riverside home.
The crocodile monitor is a relative of the famous Komodo dragon. It's native to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia — not California — but it is legal to own them in the state.
Environmental police recover lizard in illegal sale at mall
HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Environmental Police say an undercover sting operation has nabbed a person who tried to sell an indigenous lizard on social media.
Need roaches, worms? Nebraska company offers delivery
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Most people would probably prefer not to have a house full of roaches, rats, worms and beetles, but Anthony Ward isn't like most people.
To Ward, they're not vermin, they're a business model.
Betsy DeVos visits Omaha’s Nelson Mandela, two schools in Lincoln
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos petted a lizard, read a Dr. Seuss book, heard tiny violins, learned computer code, and received protests as well as a bouquet of flowers.
The Nebraska portion of her six-state “Rethink School” tour proved to be a tightly scripted event, with the secretary listening and observing at four schools and making no major policy announcements.
Police nab 4-foot-long lizard in Virginia
LAKESIDE, Va. (AP) — Authorities have captured a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter) lizard that was wandering around a Virginia neighborhood.
News outlets report an officer captured the monitor lizard Saturday in Lakeside.
Henrico Animal Protection Police Lt. Shawn Sears says the lizard was captured after authorities received a call. Authorities say the lizard is at a facility that can accommodate its unique needs.
LEWISTOWN, Ill. (AP) — Dickson Mounds Museum will feature "Snakes, Lizards and More" for its Kids' Day presentation on Sunday.
The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate World Snake Day.
Lizard on loose in Maine neighborhood captured
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in the Maine city of Portland have captured a large lizard that's been on the loose in a residential neighborhood.
Residents of a Deering home spotted the lizard in their backyard Thursday. Police say the lizard , an Argentina black and white tegu, was living under a shed in an old groundhog burrow.
Tipping the scales: Fundraiser introduces kids to lizards
The annual “Rockin’ for the Reptiles” fundraiser for the Midwest Museum of Natural History drew many families on a sunny Saturday afternoon in downtown Sycamore.
How do animals get to islands?
— Jax, 8, Washington
Animals make their journeys to islands in different ways. Some float. Some fly. Others will swim.
My friend Jonah Piovia-Scott is a scientist at Washington State University. He studies how different living things interact with each other, especially in island habitats. He is really curious about predatory lizards that live on a chain of islands called the Bahamas.
Roger Williams Park Zoo unveils Komodo dragon
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, is now living at Roger Williams Park Zoo.
The zoo in Providence unveiled the young female Komodo dragon to the public on Friday.
Zoo officials say this is the first Komodo dragon to live at any zoo in the New England area. It came from a zoo in West Virginia and will be 4 years old in August.
Indonesia arrests Japanese man in reptile smuggling
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Japanese man who conservationists say is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 250 reptiles out of the country.
The head of law enforcement at Jakarta's international airport, Ridwan Alaydrus, said Thursday that Katsuhide Naito was arrested after customs officers found 181 lizards, 65 snakes and seven turtles in his luggage.
MIAMI (AP) — What did a South Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside?
She closed it again and called 911.
Lt. Scott Mullin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom One unit tells the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2rezbhp ) it's the first time he's found an iguana in a toilet.
Mullin says when the call came in Tuesday night, he asked the dispatcher to make sure it was an iguana and not a snake.
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a bearded dragon lizard was turned over to animal control after a woman suspected of drunken driving revealed she had the animal stuffed in her bra.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Komodo dragon has bitten an overly inquisitive tourist in Indonesia who ignored warnings about getting too close to the enormous reptile while it was eating, a national park official said.
The tourist from Singapore was bitten on his leg Wednesday morning while taking pictures of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, said the chief of the Komodo National Park, Sudiyono.
Woman leaps from balcony, saves dogs from apartment fire
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — As a fire engulfed her apartment building, a woman leaped from a second-floor balcony and rescued her two dogs.
AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/2pgN3pU) that a fire broke out at an apartment complex Sunday afternoon.