NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has...
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after getting lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia, while an estimated 270 pilot whales...
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Marine authorities were puzzling on Monday over how to persuade at least one wayward humpback whale to leave a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia and...
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — Wildlife rangers have trapped a 4.4-meter (14.5-foot) saltwater crocodile at a tourist destination in Australia’s Northern Territory, the biggest caught in the area in...
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in eastern Germany have banned swimming in parts of the river Unstrut after claims that a crocodile was seen there.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products.
SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities on Saturday revealed details on recently discovered animal mummies, saying they include two lion cubs as well as several crocodiles, birds and...
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish newspaper says a man who was bitten by a crocodile that once belonged to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro has had his arm amputated.
WEST ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it's unlikely there are any other crocodiles in a western Ohio creek where one was captured this week.
MIAMI (AP) — American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant.
RAPPOLOVO, Russia (AP) — Gena the crocodile was left in a trash can. Elza the lion was roaming free in the cargo hold of a plane. As Tonya the bear grew up, the chain she wore dug so tightly into...
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man who jumped into a Florida zoo's crocodile enclosure has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Court records show 23-year-old Brandon Keith Hatfield of Green Cove Springs pleaded no contest Friday to multiple charges, including trespassing and criminal mischief.
St. Augustine police said Hatfield broke into the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park on Nov. 5. According to an arrest report, Hatfield caused over $5,000 in damage at the 125-year-old attraction.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegally selling and transporting items made from endangered species and other wildlife, such as crocodiles, sea turtles and sawfish.
Sixty-year-old Keith Foster, the owner of The Outpost antique and exotic merchandise store in Middleburg, pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Lacey Act. As part of his plea, Foster forfeited $275,000 and over 175 items made from wildlife.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man was injured after breaking into an alligator farm in Florida and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles, police said.
Police officers responding to reports of vandalism early Tuesday at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park found the underwear-clad man with an injured leg crawling across a nearby yard.
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — A wildlife ranger was taken by a crocodile Friday in Australia's Northern Territory.
The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote location 206 kilometers (128 miles) southwest of the indigenous community of Yirrkala, NT WorkSafe said. The employment safety watchdog said in a statement it was investigating.
Police were traveling by boat and road to the area of the attack, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The woman's body has yet to be recovered.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the death of a crocodile.
The young croc was hung from a tree with a note that read: "We are going to continue killing these disgusting animals unless they are brought under control."
The office for environmental protection said Thursday that the reptile's carcass was found in the Pacific coast resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday.
PETZAEL, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli businessman appears to have bitten off more than he can chew with plans for a crocodile farm in a West Bank settlement.
Hundreds of crocodiles have been stranded at the farm in a remote spot in the Jordan Valley — left behind by a pair of failed business ventures.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — He's known as "the Crocodile," named after a small band of guerrillas battling white minority rule in the land once known as Rhodesia.
Now the 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa has another big challenge as the new president of Zimbabwe: reviving its formerly prosperous economy, reining in the military and bridging the country's deep political divide resulting from a disputed election.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildlife rangers said Tuesday that they had trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they had ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe from the killer predators.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A couple attacked by a crocodile wedded days later in a Zimbabwean hospital, where the bride was recovering after losing an arm.
"In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience," 27-year-old Jamie Fox told The Associated Press Monday.
OCEAN GATE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman going for her weekly jog says she was shocked to discover a 6-foot-long sea creature she says looked like a crocodile.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Officials say an 8-foot (2.4-meter) crocodile that came ashore on a Florida beach has been released unharmed, far from swimming and sunbathing tourists.
Crocodile Wanders Onto Florida Beach
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've captured a 6-foot (2-meter) crocodile that came ashore on a Florida beach.
News outlets report that wildlife officers caught the large reptile Monday afternoon on Hollywood Beach.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television's Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of "The Crocodile Hunter" star and family patriarch Steve Irwin.
The network said Wednesday that Irwin's widow, Terri, and children Bindi and Robert will reappear on Animal Planet starting next year. The family has carried on Steve's conservation work in Australia, running a zoo, a wildlife preserve and supporting projects that try to save endangered animals worldwide.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee says one of its professors has helped identify a species of giant prehistoric crocodiles that roamed the coasts and waterways of what's now north-central Texas about 95 million years ago.
A university news release Wednesday says Stephanie Drumheller-Horton was on the team that identified the species that grew up to 20 feet long and likely ate whatever they wanted, from turtles to dinosaurs.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Residents in Rwanda's capital say seven people have been killed by crocodiles on the banks of Nyabarongo River this month.
Donata Mukanyana, a mother of six children, said her husband was taken last week by a crocodile while trying to draw water from Nyabarongo River in Kigali's Nyarugenge district.
Amid a prolonged dry spell, residents from Nyarugenge and Kamonyi districts are increasingly depending on Nyabarongo waters for domestic use.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Nine eggs of an endangered crocodile species found in the wild in June and taken to a conservation center in southern Cambodia have hatched, conservationists announced Tuesday.
The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and Cambodia's Fisheries Administration said the eggs of nine Siamese crocodiles have hatched at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center after being retrieved from the wild to protect them from poachers and predators.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Wildlife researchers in Cambodia say they've found a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles, raising hopes of its continuing survival in the wild.
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — A crocodile that mysteriously appeared in the remote islands of Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park 14 years ago has been relocated to the Everglades after getting too friendly with food-bearing visitors.
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — Firefighters who fought a blaze at a house in the tropical Australian city of Darwin on Thursday contended with the added distraction of being watched by a 4-meter (13-foot) pet crocodile.
The fire destroyed the two-story house in the upscale suburb of Fannie Bay but did not harm the huge reptile, a female named Albert, which lives in a backyard enclosure, firefighter Bill Gleeson said.
"Thankfully the crocodile didn't affect our operations at all," Gleeson told reporters.
MIAMI (AP) — A 13-year-old endangered male crocodile is recovering from surgery at Zoo Miami.
Zoo officials said the crocodile underwent a procedure Friday to treat an infected wound likely caused by a bite from another crocodile. The nearly 10 foot long, 396 pound reptile had sustained a wound to its left front wrist that needed to be debrided and medicated.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — An American crocodile killed in pre-dawn traffic in the Florida Keys may have been looking for a nest.
The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/2nwsRM8) the female croc was run over by a tractor-trailer last week.
The driver told the Florida Highway Patrol that he couldn't avoid the 8-foot-long reptile when it walked into the path of the truck.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have rescued 14 crocodiles and found 20 others dead in a squatters' settlement where people were apparently "milking" the crocs for their blood.
The office for environmental protection said Thursday that some local residents in Chiapas wanted the blood because they believed it could cure cancer, diabetes, AIDS and other diseases. Scientists say there is no evidence that crocodile blood cures these diseases.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said Monday, as authorities recovered the body of another man who also may have been attacked by a crocodile in nearby waters.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have captured a nearly 11-foot (3.3-meter) crocodile that killed and apparently ate a man in a southern nature reserve.
A government statement says the male reptile was caught with a baited trap before dawn Thursday near where the attack took place.
Officials were relocating it to an environmental management site elsewhere in the state of Chiapas.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental authorities are searching for a 10-foot (3-meter) crocodile that killed and apparently ate a man in southern Mexico.
The federal Environment Department said Tuesday the attack occurred March 12, when the victim and three friends went to the La Encrucijada reserve to fish. The 18-year-old man was carried off by the reptile, but his companions escaped.
The department said it would erect crocodile warning signs.
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — A 47-year-old man has been killed by crocodile while trying to cross a flooded river in northern Australian wilderness, police said Friday.
The man had been wading through the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory with two women on Thursday when he disappeared at Cahill's Crossing near the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a police statement said.
The women made it across safely then reported the man missing.
BANGKOK (AP) — A French tourist who tried to have her picture taken with a crocodile in Thailand was injured when the reptile snapped at her when she got too close.
The woman, who is in her 40s, suffered a severe bite wound to her leg Sunday at the Khao Yai National Park, said Thanya Netithammakul, head of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Roughly 290 million years before rancher Cliven Bundy brought international attention to the Gold Butte area, an early reptile the size of a baby crocodile left its own lasting impressions there.
A team of researchers from UNLV recently announced the discovery of fossilized footprints 60 million years older than the earliest dinosaurs on a slab of sandstone about 115 miles northeast of Las Vegas, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/2f9QyJD).
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Costa Rican officials have captured and relocated a crocodile that seriously injured an American man in a beach town popular with surfers and eco-tourists.
The Tamarindo Community Development Association says in an online statement that the croc was captured Sunday and removed to a wildlife center.