Latest Reptiles News

Customer finds 7-foot gator inside Florida post office

Jun. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — They say neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night will stop the U.S. Postal Service, but an alligator could get in the way. That's what happened at the Spring Hill Post Office in Florida's Hernando County, according to a sheriff's office...

British twin sisters injured in Mexico crocodile attack

Jun. 09, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two British women are recovering from a crocodile attack in a lagoon along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, an official said Wednesday. The two women were visiting the Manialtepec lagoon near the surf and beach destination of Puerto Escondido in...

Reptile Time: Indianapolis Zoo opens new gator, croc exhibit

Jun. 06, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With cool reptilian indifference, the three massive alligators floated in the pond, keeping an eye on the crowd walking around them. Only occasionally did they push through the water with their clawed feet or armored tails. Content to lounge in the...

Researchers continue tracking exotic lizards in Georgia

Jun. 06, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Researchers are looking for a little help to remove an invasive lizard from south Georgia before it’s too late. Argentine black and white tegus can reach 4 feet long and weigh 10 pounds or more. Adaptable and hungry, are a significant threat to...

US sued over road project in Mojave desert tortoise habitat

Jun. 04, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups on Friday sued the U.S. government over the Trump administration’s decision to allow construction of a new four-lane highway through a national conservation area in southern Utah that includes protected habitat for the Mojave desert...

Hunt is on for Burmese pythons, Florida natives' arch-enemy

Jun. 03, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Professional python hunters and amateurs alike have a chance to win prizes in Florida's annual hunt for the biggest snakes — the Burmese pythons that are ravaging the state's native species. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state's annual contest...

'Stand your ground' defense rejected in iguana killing

Jun. 02, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A judge has rejected the “stand your ground” defense of a Florida man who said he beat an iguana to death only after it attacked him, biting him on the arm. PJ Nilaja Patterson, 43, must stand trial on a felony animal cruelty charge,...

Alligator slips away from home into river, is recaptured

May. 29, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An alligator that wandered away from his owner's Pennsylvania home slipped into the Susquehanna River but was found the following day. Oscar is believed to have gotten out of the pen at the Wrightsville home sometime Thursday, the York Daily...

Woman arrested at US border with sloth, crocodile parts

May. 28, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) — A Montreal woman has been arrested on charges of trying to cross the U.S. border into Canada with “numerous undeclared wildlife items," including a three-toed sloth, 18 crocodile skulls and heads and seven crocodile feet, according to documents filed in...

Louisiana webinar for skimmer trawl TEDs reimbursement

May. 28, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is holding its final webinar Tuesday for shrimpers who want state help buying turtle escape hatches for their skimmer nets. Attending such a webinar is required for reimbursement, and the last...