Reptiles

October 10, 2019 - 6:13 am
PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a Florida man who provoked a small alligator into biting his arm and poured beer into the animal's mouth. News outlets report 27-year-old Timothy Kepke and 22-year-old Noah Osborne were charged last week with unlawfully taking an alligator...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, a dunes sagebrush lizard is shown. The dunes sagebrush lizard is found among the dunes straddling New Mexico and West Texas in one of the nation's richest oil basins and is at the center of a new lawsuit. Environmentalists want the federal government to add the lizard to the endangered species list. The fight stretches back to the Bush and Obama administrations and could affect part of the multibillion-dollar energy industry in the Permian Basin. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)
October 01, 2019 - 3:06 pm
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 Tuesday. Environmentalists want the U.S. government to add the lizard to the endangered species list as part of a...
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September 05, 2019 - 4:07 am
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — It looks like something from a science fiction movie. A newborn two-headed timber rattlesnake has been found in New Jersey's Pine Barrens. Herpetological Associates of Burlington County CEO Bob Zappalorti says the snake has two brains and each head acts independently...
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This photo provided by Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island shows a two-headed Loggerhead sea turtle. News outlets report Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island says the hatchling was found alive Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 and released into the ocean. The group's leader, marine biologist Amber Kuehn, says a genetic mutation caused the second head on the turtle, since named Squirt and Crush. (Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island via AP)
August 29, 2019 - 11:02 am
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A group that monitors sea turtles in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has reported finding a two-headed Loggerhead hatchling. News outlets report Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island says the hatchling was found alive Tuesday and released into the ocean. The group...
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August 20, 2019 - 3:47 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A young girl discovered something slithery at a New Jersey airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake. Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport said in a release that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring...
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August 16, 2019 - 7:52 am
ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation involving two of the world's biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges that a man illegally shipped the reptiles to China. Nathan Horton is charged with violating the Lacey Act, which forbids illegal wildlife trafficking. Prosecutors took a...
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August 06, 2019 - 7:01 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago isn't quite ready to say see you later, alligator. The Chicago Sun Times reports that officers serving a search warrant at a northwest side house found a 3-foot alligator along with some guns and drugs. They turned the alligator over to animal control. The discovery comes...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019 file photo, Florida alligator expert Frank Robb holds an alligator during a news conference in Chicago. It cost nearly $34,000 for the city of Chicago to wrangle a notorious alligator out of a West Side lagoon. Officials say a $2,500 fee went to Robb. He also received $2,166 for travel and lodging. Most of the cost arose from city workers putting up and removing barricades to keep people away from the lagoon.(Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
August 01, 2019 - 4:37 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago's efforts to wrangle an alligator who was found living in a park lagoon this summer cost more than $33,600. Most of the costs arose from city workers putting up and removing barricades to keep people away from the lagoon in Humboldt Park after the male reptile was...
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Wildlife biologist/crocodile specialist Michael Lloret releases baby crocodiles back into the wild along the cooling canals next to the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station after having measured and tagged them with microchips to observe their development in the future, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Homestead, Fla. The 168-miles of man-made canals serve as the home to several hundred crocodiles, where a team of specialists working for Florida Power and Light (FPL) monitors and protects the American crocodiles. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
July 20, 2019 - 2:03 pm
MIAMI (AP) — American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant. Last week, 73 crocodile hatchlings were rescued by a team of specialists at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point nuclear plant and dozens more...
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Florida alligator expert Frank Robb holds an alligator during a news conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago. Robb captured the elusive alligator in a public lagoon at Humboldt Park early Tuesday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
July 19, 2019 - 3:22 pm
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 Facebook post Friday that it welcomed the reptile known as Chance the Snapper with a banner, pizza and Chicago'...
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