MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A rehabilitated green sea turtle has been fitted with a satellite tracking transmitter and released back into the waters off the Florida Keys.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator that eluded capture for days in a Chicago lagoon is settling in its new home in Florida.
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park said in a...
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) — A 250-pound tortoise that wandered away from its home has been rescued after California Highway Patrol officers found it on the side of a road.
CHICAGO (AP) — The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on alligator captured in a lagoon in a Chicago public park (all times local):
An alligator that eluded Chicago authorities for a week has met with...
PARIS (AP) — Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that's led to the seizure of thousands of...
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police and bystanders teamed up to rescue a 6-foot-long (1.8-meter-long) snake that had wrapped itself around the engine block of a car in Connecticut.
ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — A 71-year-old western New York man faces multiple charges including illegal sale of wildlife after state environmental officials seized hundreds of turtles and three king...
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.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Officials at a Marine base in North Carolina are issuing a warning after a pair of snakes was found on the base.
Camp Lejeune says on its Facebook page that land...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Tuscaloosa say they may have identified the owner of the 15-foot (4.5 meter) yellow python that's been the subject of a week-long search.
LULING, La. (AP) — Police say a Louisiana deputy trying to remove an alligator from a backyard has been bitten by the animal.
NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune reports the bite happened Monday...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A New Jersey wildlife trader has been sentenced to two years' probation for his role in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A pair of University of Southern Mississippi graduate students recently made headlines with the capture of a 62.8-pound alligator snapping turtle in Lamar County, but that...
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.
MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Louisiana say an alligator took a bite out of one of their patrol cars.
WBRZ-TV reports deputies were called Monday to Louisiana Highway 1 in...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say 15 threatened eastern indigo snakes have been released in northern Florida.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release...
Suburban St. Louis woman finds python in the pantry
BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis woman is probably still shivering at what she found in her kitchen cabinet after returning from vacation: An 18-inch-long python curled up in the...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Public safety officials in Pittsburgh report having captured another alligator, the third found in the Steel City in the past month.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A hungry alligator crashed a picnic date by a Florida lake and gobbled down an entire bowl of guacamole.
Taylor Forte had planned a picnic Thursday for her fiancé...
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-foot (3.4-meter) alligator busted through a kitchen window and broke several bottles of red wine in a Florida home before it was...
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Spring is here and snakes are on the move. Some people enjoy encounters with snakes while others would rather never see one at all, particularly near their home. A search on...
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family's washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the...
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina driver got a case of shell shock after a turtle flying through the air on a busy highway shattered his windshield.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to a year in prison for his part in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong.
Dozens of turtles rescued from Arkansas sewage plant
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — An east Arkansas animal shelter has rescued dozens of turtles from a wastewater treatment facility after they became trapped in sewage pond filters.
MIAMI (AP) — Officials say they were forced to euthanize an 11-foot (3.3 meters) alligator that broke through a chain-link fence into the backyard of a Miami home.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officers say a headless, tailless alligator has appeared in a South Carolina creek in an apparent poaching case.
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...
12-foot, 750-pound gator trapped in Florida
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A massive gator weighing over 700 pounds (318 kilograms) and measuring nearly 12 feet (4 meters) long has been caught in South Florida.
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...
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A stretch of road in southern Illinois is closed to allow snakes and amphibians the chance to migrate to their summer homes.
Animals killed in fire at California reptile museum
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say small animals including turtles, snakes and parakeets are feared dead in a fire at a Southern California reptile museum.
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...
Reptile replicas: 19 turtle statues completed in Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Organizers say the first 19 Kemp's ridley sea turtle statues in Galveston's Turtles About Town project are completed and being set up.
Florida police hold rattlesnake in the back of a patrol car
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A rattlesnake in Florida ended up in the back of a police car.
The snake was being carried by a homeless man walking around Jacksonville Beach on Monday morning.
Sgt. Larry Smith told local news stations the snake was 6 to 8 feet (2 to 2.5 meters) long.
When police stopped the man, they told him to throw the reptile into the back of their vehicle for safety.
Rattlesnakes slither at Texas Capitol to promote roundup
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some rattlesnakes have slithered through parts of the Texas Capitol to help promote an upcoming reptile roundup.
Members of the Sweetwater Jaycees were in Austin on Tuesday to support what's billed as the World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup.
This year's event includes a parade and a Miss Snake Charmer pageant on March 7. Other rattlesnake-related activities run through March 10.
Couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty, fined over $18K
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man and a woman who said they ran an animal rescue operation have each pleaded guilty to 15 complaints of animal cruelty after police said they found malnourished dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits and birds a their New Hampshire home.
Pennsylvanian pleads guilty to trafficking protected turtles
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to trafficking protected turtles.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says David Sommers on Monday admitted to sending a package to Canada in 2014 containing 11 diamondback terrapin hatchlings.
Emotional support alligator offers comfort, sharp teeth
YORK, Pa. (AP) — On a recent Monday afternoon, Joie Henney walked into the Glatfelter Community Center at the Village at Sprenkle Drive, an assisted-living development north of York, with his emotional support animal on a leash.
He walked by an elderly woman sitting on a bench by a window, reading a book. The woman glanced up from her book, took a look at Joie's emotional support animal, shrugged and went back to her book.
Sea turtle released into Florida waters after eel removal
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle that required surgery to remove a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from its body cavity has been released back into the waters off the Florida Keys.
The turtle named "Shelmore" was returned to the ocean Saturday off Islamorada not far from the spot where it was discovered in September, floating and unable to dive.
Veterinarians said the eel had eaten through the turtle's intestinal tract to get to the body cavity before dying.
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.
Cold-stunned turtles flown from New England to Florida Keys
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles rescued off New England's coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital.
A volunteer group of general aviation pilots, under the banner of "Turtles Fly Too," transported the reptiles on Tuesday.
Alligator still had sneaker in mouth after attacking man
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A nearly 10-foot (3-meter) alligator that attacked a man in Florida still had his sneaker in its mouth when it was roped ashore.
Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Bruchey says the alligator attacked the man's foot near a lake in Lakeland, Florida, on Monday. Bruchey says the man was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure. He was not seriously injured.
Geologist: Prehistoric reptile left tracks at Grand Canyon
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A geology professor from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said he recently identified fossilized tracks from a reptile along a popular trail in Grand Canyon National Park, a newspaper reported.
Fossil of plant-eating reptile found in southern New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The earliest known example of a plant-eating reptile has been found in the fossil record in southern New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History said.
The museum made the announcement this week , saying the unique structure of the skull, jaws and teeth of the sail-backed reptile indicate it was an herbivore, and that such specialized plant-eating wasn't previously known in reptiles older than about 200 million years.