Latest Snakes News

Snake interrupts New Mexico elementary school Zoom lesson

May. 29, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico elementary school teacher on Zoom with students had a lesson interrupted thanks to an uninvited guest: a bullsnake. The desert animal surprised Sunrise Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Annette Otero Nuñez during a class May 12 via Zoom from her backyard in...

Reptile enthusiasts criticize Arkansas for banning pythons

May. 28, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new regulation in Arkansas that prohibits anyone from breeding, selling or importing any of five large python species without a permit has received backlash from critics who say the state went too far. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission added Malayopython reticulatus, Python...

North Carolina wild horse euthanized after snake bite

May. 26, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — A wild horse belonging to a herd on North Carolina's Outer Banks was euthanized over the weekend following complications from a venomous snake bite, according to a nonprofit that takes care of the horses. The young horse named Valor was euthanized Saturday after veterinarians...

Helicopter used to rescue hiker bitten by rattlesnake

May. 15, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities used a Phoenix Police Department helicopter to rescue a man bit by a rattlesnake while hiking on South Mountain in the city's mountain preserve Friday. Fire Capt. Rob McDade said the helicopter was used because the man was near the top of the mountain and because it was...

22 threatened eastern indigo snakes released in Florida

May. 9, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Another 22 threatened eastern indigo snakes have been released in northern Florida, wildlife officials said. The reptiles were set loose Friday at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve west of Tallahassee, the group said in a news release. It's...

Habitat safeguard for snakes in Arizona, New Mexico proposed

Apr. 27, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Conservationists are having a mixed reaction to a proposal from federal wildlife officials to protect critical habitats of endangered garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity said Monday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposition is somewhat...

Florida shop makes face masks from python skin

Apr. 19, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Across America, people are making coronavirus masks with everything from t-shirts and pillowcases to vacuum cleaner bags. Because it’s Florida, one guy is using python skin. Brian Wood, owner of All American Gator Products in Dania Beach, is crafting decorative mask...