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Reptile invasion: Florida agency encourages killing iguanas

Jul. 3, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Non-native iguanas are multiplying so rapidly in South Florida that a state wildlife agency is now encouraging people to kill them. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says people should exterminate the large green lizards on their properties as...

Exotic animals removed from home where alligator escaped

Jun. 12, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week. Among the 32 animals removed Tuesday were three more alligators, including one with a neck injury; three snakes,...

Colombian breeds rare frogs to undermine animal traffickers

May. 24, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

CUNDINAMARCA, Colombia (AP) — In a small farmhouse surrounded by cloud forest, Iván Lozano inspects dozens of glass containers that hold some of the world's most coveted frogs. The conservationist has been fighting the illegal trade in rare tropical frogs for years, risking his life and his checkbook...

Leaping Lizards: Florida wildlife officials catch big lizard

May. 17, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have finally captured a large invasive Asian water monitor that had been running loose in the Florida Keys for more than a year. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials posted pictures on Facebook with this caption: "Elusive lizard captured!" The lizard was more than 5...