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...
OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials at a South Florida wildlife preserve say they've captured the largest python ever found in the park.
Officials discovered the female python, more than 17 feet...
OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials at a South Florida wildlife preserve say they've captured the largest python ever found in the park.
Officials say they found the female python, more than 17...
PHOENIX (AP) — Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his wife is home after being hospitalized for a rattlesnake bite.
Ava Arpaio was at the couple's home in the Phoenix suburb of...
Arpaio’s wife bitten by rattlesnake
PHOENIX (AP) — The wife of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is recovering from a rattlesnake bite.
The Arizona Republic reports that Ava Arpaio was bitten in the couple's Fountain...
Dozens of rattlesnakes removed from under Texas home
ALBANY, Texas (AP) — A Texas homeowner who reported seeing "a few" snakes under his home actually had dozens of rattlesnakes living beneath his house.
Dozens of snakes removed from under Texas home
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.
Police recover 23 venomous snakes from apartment
FALLS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania have encountered a slithery situation.
WPVI-TV reports officers and an animal expert removed 25 snakes from a Falls Township apartment...
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.
Indonesia police admit using snake to terrorize Papuan man
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have acknowledged officers terrorized a Papuan man with a live snake after a video of the incident circulated online showing the man screaming in fear and his interrogator laughing.
Police in Indonesia's easternmost Papua region apologized but also attempted to justify the officers' actions by saying the snake was not venomous and that they hadn't resorted to beating the man, who was suspected of theft.
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.
Teen accused of illegally keeping venomous snakes in closet
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An 18-year-old Florida man is accused of illegally keeping venomous snakes in a bedroom closet at his Fort Lauderdale home.
Wisconsin court upholds conviction in snake-in-a-box case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says a man who sent his ex-girlfriend threatening messages as well as a live python was properly convicted.
Eric Burrows of Elkhart Lake was convicted in January of stalking, unlawful use of a telephone and defamation.
Lawsuit urges feds to protect snakes in Arizona, New Mexico
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A conservation group is suing the Trump administration over the protection of critical habitat for garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Tucson, accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of endangering the Northern Mexican garter snake and the narrow-headed garter snake.
In the filing, the organization says the populations of both snakes are at lower densities in both states.
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.
Hawaii importing invasive snakes to train dogs to find them
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is importing four brown tree snakes to be used to train dogs to detect the dangerously invasive species and hopefully prevent the snakes from establishing themselves in the islands.
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Texas firefighters save more than 100 snakes from house fire
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Firefighters in Texas have rescued more than 100 snakes from a home that caught fire over the weekend.
Authorities say a Christmas tree may have sparked the blaze Saturday near Conroe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston. The snakes included pythons and boa constrictors.
Authorities say that when firefighters arrived, they discovered a second-floor bedroom full of snakes and lizards.
Kansas man bitten by snake, charged with drug possession
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Great Bend police who responded to reports that a man was bitten by a venomous snake allegedly found the snake decapitated and hallucinogenic mushrooms at his home.
The department says on a Facebook post that officers went to the home of 25-year-old Ari Hooley on Tuesday after he was treated Monday for bite from a Coral Cobra, a venomous snake. It is illegal to own an exotic or venomous snake in Great Bend.
Expert: Rare snake with 2 heads found in Virginia has died
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife expert says a rare, two-headed snake found several months ago in Virginia near the nation's capital has died.
Two-headed snake on exhibit at Salato Center
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A rare, two-headed copperhead snake is on display at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.
The center says the snake will be shown to the public until Nov. 21, when it closes for the winter.
The snake is only a month old and is on display from 10 a.m to 4 p.m every Tuesday through Saturday. The center closes seasonally each year to allow the staff to maintain and update exhibits and facilities.
Trapper captures record-setting python in Everglades
MIAMI (AP) — Officials say a Florida trapper has captured a record-setting python as part of a program to remove the invasive species from the Everglades.
Stranger things: Exotic animals only loosely protected
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The sight of humane officers carrying dozens of tropical birds, a 14-foot boa constrictor, rabbits and rats from a Macungie home recently seemed shocking, if not bizarre. And when officers removed more snakes, as well as skunks, ferrets, alligators and giant tortoises from a Montgomery County home a few days later, the scene bordered on the surreal.
Florida pythons never stop eating. It could help them spread
MIAMI (AP) — Fueled by bountiful swamps that provide a steady supply of marsh rabbits, deer, wading birds and other meals, Burmese pythons in Florida have rapidly adapted to become hardier and more resistant to cold than their Asian cousins, a new study has found.
And that supercharged evolution should serve as a warning not just for Florida, but the entire U.S.
Illinois road closed for migrating snakes until Tuesday
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Snakes and amphibians that have not yet crossed Snake Road in Shawnee National Forest can relax because officials are giving them a little more time to make the trek.
Endangered rattlesnake found in northeast Ohio
CADIZ, Ohio (AP) — A nearly 5-foot-long rattlesnake has been found in eastern Ohio well north of its normal habitat.
The Times Reporter reports wildlife officials recently learned that a timber rattlesnake had been run over on U.S. Route 250. The 57-inch-long (145-centimeter) snake was found dead near Tappan Lake in Harrison County.
Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him.
2-headed snake going on display at wildlife center
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky wildlife center says it plans to display a rare find: a two-headed copperhead.
A statement from the Department of Fish and Wildlife says the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will exhibit the snake for the public, barring any complications in the reptile's health, after Thursday.
Officials say a Leslie County couple donated the snake to the facility for educational purposes after finding it in their yard this month.
Python dead after ingesting poisoned rodent
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a small python that was found in a Logan neighborhood was positively identified by his owners after it was allegedly stolen from their home earlier this summer.
British fisherman killed by sea snake off Australian coast
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A British fisherman was bitten by a sea snake while working on a trawler off the northern Australian coast and died before a rescue helicopter could reach him, officials said Friday.
The 23-year-old man, who has not been identified, was bitten Thursday as he was pulling in a net in a remote part the Northern Territory coast, a police statement said.
Sea snakes are highly venomous but are not aggressive, so humans are rarely bitten by them in Australian waters.
Indianapolis Zoo getting deadly snake, Africa’s black mamba
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An African snake that's considered one of the world's deadliest snakes will be slithering into the Indianapolis Zoo next year.
The zoo just west of downtown Indianapolis will add a black mamba and other exotic snakes to a new snake exhibit set to open at its Deserts Dome on Memorial Day weekend 2019.
Florida cracking down on potential exotic pets
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Yellow anaconda snakes, mongooses and bush-tail possums could soon be officially banned in Florida.
Those animals were among more than a dozen unwelcome species the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed to ban on Thursday under a proposed plan to stop the spread of non-native predators.
Rattlesnake washes ashore on Florida beach, stuns crowd
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida beachgoers were stunned when they watched a rattlesnake appear in the surf and struggle onto the sand.
Rhonda Saunders was at the beach with her daughters Tuesday when she and others watched the snake struggling to keep its head above the water. Saunders said a crowd gathered to watch as the snake fought its way to shore, appearing very weak. She said they felt sorry for it, but she had not intentions of helping it.
Boa constrictor captured after escaping Sioux Falls store
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — No one was injured when a boa constrictor somehow escaped from a Sioux Falls store and slithered into a nearby laundry business.
Officers responded to the laundry Tuesday night. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the snake was captured and taken to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.
It wasn't clear how big the snake was, but police records indicate an officer tussled with it.
Man finds snake in trash can after tossing garbage
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man trying to be a friend to the environment when he picked up a bag of trash got a dangerous surprise.
Police in Hamden say the man threw the bag into a trash can at his home, and the next day found a venomous copperhead snake in the can.
Assistant Animal Control Officer Mitch Gibbs said in a statement Tuesday the man is a frequent visitor West Rock Ridge State Park.
Agency says two-headed snake may go to educational facility
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife and conservation research hospital says a two-headed snake recently found near the nation's capital may be sent to an educational facility.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia says the two-headed Eastern Copperhead was found in a northern Virginia neighborhood last week. It says a state herpetologist brought the snake to the hospital Thursday for an examination.
Texas animal control seizes hundreds of snakes, rodents
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals' living conditions.
Professor researching if snake venom can cure cancer
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — When Stephen Mackessy opened the door to one of his favorite rooms on the University of Northern Colorado campus, it erupted with a noise like a mix of cicadas buzzing, rain hitting a metal roof and raucous applause after a concert.
It's enough to make many people nervous, even Mackessy's graduate students, especially when they see what made the noise.
Illinois road closing for migrating snakes
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Snakes and amphibians will have the right away for a while on Shawnee National Forest's Snake Road.
Venomous rattlesnake found near Massachusetts go-kart track
BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Police responding to a Massachusetts go-kart track found a venomous snake wrapped around a tree in the parking lot.
Braintree police say the timber rattlesnake was discovered Wednesday night near X1 Boston.
Experts think the rattlesnake likely came from the nearby 6,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation, which has a known rattlesnake population.
College student finds 5-foot snake in dorm room
CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) — A college student in central New York has to collect a 5-foot (1.5-meter)-long boa constrictor from a local wildlife center after a fellow student found the pet reptile hiding behind her dorm room refrigerator.
Syracuse.com reports that a student at Hamilton College found the snake Tuesday and called campus safety for help.
Researchers study copperheads at Red River Gorge
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Researchers are studying copperheads at the Red River Gorge to reduce interactions between people and snakes.
An Eastern Kentucky University statement says the Richmond school is working on the study with the U.S. Forest Service, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Louisville Zoo.
Supermarket shopper shocked by surprise snake on cart
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A woman shopping for groceries says she was surprised to find a snake on her shopping cart while picking out produce at a New York supermarket.
Man bitten while trying to pick up boa constrictor
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Fire officials say a Massachusetts man has been bitten by a boa constrictor he tried to pick up in the woods of Cape Cod.
Hyannis firefighter Andrew Kleamenakis tells the Cape Cod Times the 20-year-old man was on his way home in Barnstable on Monday when spotted a 6- to 8-foot long snake feeding on a dead animal, possibly a rat.
Habitat for Southwest snakes spurs legal threat
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are threatening to sue the U.S. government in an effort to set aside hundreds of square miles of habitat they say is necessary for the survival of the northern Mexican garter snake and the narrow-headed garter snake.
Once found in Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Mexico, biologists say the snakes have been limited to isolated populations due to nonnative species and the loss and degradation of their riverside habitats.
Postal worker gets big surprise: Snake on the mailbox
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Rain, snow, sleet, even barking dogs are fine, but a Kansas postal worker had to draw the line when he found a red tail boa constrictor draped over a mailbox.
The Kansas City Star reports that the letter carrier was delivering mail Friday in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb. The huge snake was on the mailbox on the front porch.
Show featuring New Hampshire Fish and Game officers returns
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Scene-stealing snakes, bears, turkeys and lobsters all make an appearance in the latest season of a television program featuring New Hampshire's Fish and Game conservation officers.
"North Woods Law" returns to the Animal Planet cable network on Sunday at 9 p.m.