Latest Reptiles News

Poisonous bite leads German police to farm with 110 snakes

Jun. 26, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany said Sunday they discovered more than 110 dangerous snakes on a farm after a woman who lived there sought medical treatment for a poisonous bite. The 35-year-old woman drove to a hospital in Salzgitter, near Hannover, early Sunday and told doctors...

Florida team hauls in 18-foot, 215-pound Burmese python

Jun. 22, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials said. The female python weighed in at 215 pounds (98 kilograms), was nearly 18 feet long (5 meters) and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest...

Dog dragged into water, eaten by gator at Florida park

Jun. 17, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man was playing with his dog at a Florida park when it was attacked by an alligator, dragged into the water and eaten earlier this month, wildlife officials said. Joshua Wells told wildlife authorities that he was playing with his unleashed dog near water...

81 sea turtle nests on Hatteras seashore; up from 2021

Jun. 17, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — There are more sea turtle nests on a portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks this season than at the same time last year, officials said Friday in observing World Sea Turtle Day. An update from Cape Hatteras National Seashore says there have been 81 nests laid...

Burmese python hunt in Florida Everglades slated for August

Jun. 16, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Flanked by a huge writhing snake, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that the annual prize-winning hunt for invasive Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades will begin Aug. 5. People must register to participate and complete an online training course for the...

Deputies recover small alligator after high-speed car chase

Jun. 13, 2022 13:11 PM EDT

WEBBER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a small alligator following a high-speed car chase in northwestern Michigan. The vehicle's driver refused to stop when a sergeant attempted to pull him over about 11 p.m. Saturday for speeding along U.S. 10, the Lake County...

Police: Man who died in lake with gators missing 3 limbs

Jun. 10, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A man found dead in a Florida lake while searching for Frisbees and other flying discs was missing three limbs after a likely encounter with alligators, police said Friday. Largo Police Department spokeswoman Megan Santo said in an email that the medical...

Happy together: Orphaned turtles and kids who set them free

Jun. 08, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

STONE HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — The circle of life was on vivid display Wednesday at the Jersey Shore in a way that even the youngest children could understand. Seventeen young turtles that had been raised from eggs retrieved from the smashed bodies of mothers killed on roads were...

Sea turtle delivers eggs, endures surgery after shark attack

Jun. 02, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A loggerhead turtle whose left fin was destroyed in a shark attack is rehabbing at Zoo Miami's new Sea Turtle Hospital, where veterinarians were able to save more than 100 of her eggs after she was rescued. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sent the...

Man ID'd after death looking for Frisbees in alligator lake

Jun. 01, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday identified a man who died after investigators believe he waded into a lake inhabited by alligators to find Frisbees and other flying discs to sell. Largo police said Sean Thomas McGuinness, 47, was found Tuesday morning at the Taylor Park...