Latest Reptiles News

Stranded, 700-pound sea turtle euthanized in Virginia

Sep. 23, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Aquarium team had to euthanize a 700-pound (318-kilogram) sea turtle that became stranded on a beach. The aquarium’s Stranding Response Team was called to a Norfolk beach Monday morning after beachgoers noticed the giant leatherback turtle on the shore, news outlets...

Two Mojave desert tortoises hide from the desert heat under a rock ledge in Red Cliffs Desert Reserve on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Utah. Biologists in southern Utah are surveying the damage left by a wildfire that scorched large swaths of land set aside for a rare tortoise habitat in southern Utah. (Joan Meiners/The Spectrum via AP)

Biologists survey wildfire destruction on tortoise habitat

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — After the Turkey Farm Road Fire fried nearly 12,000 acres north of St. George, Utah, in mid-July, including large swaths of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area that was set aside in 2009 as habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, biologists worried what they would...

Florida man sentenced for smuggling lizards from Philippines

Sep. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 90 days of home detention and 288 hours of community service for his part in a trafficking scheme in which live water monitor lizards were stuffed into socks and concealed inside electronics to be smuggled from the Philippines to the United States....

Snake lands on Mississippi woman as she opens her front door

Sep. 21, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A woman in Mississippi received a slithering surprise when she got home from work last week: a snake that had been lodged on top of her front door landed on her head. The encounter happened after the intruder made its way on top of Christina Mitchell’s door on Thursday, the...

In this photo provided by Parks Australia, a humpback whale swims in the ocean in Van Diemen Gulf, Australia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. (Parks Australia via AP)

Whale swims free of Australian river as 270 are stranded

Sep. 21, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

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 became stranded in the country's south. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East...

Man survives alligator attack, but with 65 stitches

Sep. 20, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Mark Johnson, 61, has lived his entire life around alligators. That’s why he was so surprised when one tried to grab him and drag him into a canal behind his southeastern Port St. Lucie home. Johnson managed to get the gator to let go of his leg by digging both of his...

Shedd hosts turtle hatchlings set for DuPage County release

Sep. 19, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 20 endangered Blanding's turtle hatchlings have a new temporary home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The 24 hatchlings are part of a partnership between the aquarium and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. The forest preserve district's head-start program aims to...

Cars and a motorcycle are underwater as water floods a street, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At least 1 dead, hundreds rescued after Hurricane Sally

Sep. 16, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, killing at least one person, swamping homes and forcing the rescue of hundreds as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous...

A barge runs aground along downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, as Hurricane Sally moves inland. Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. (Tony Giberson//Pensacola News Journal via AP)

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally has weakened to a depression but is still dumping torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center said winds of the once-powerful hurricane have decreased to about 35 mph, with some higher gusts....

In this image made from video, an alligator is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Moss Point, Miss.. As Hurricane Sally's outer bands reached the U.S. Gulf Coast and landfall was imminent, the manager of Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours was hoping he wouldn't have to live a repeat of what happened at the gator farm during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)

'Sigh of relief': Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch

Sep. 16, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — As rain and wind from Sally started reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as...