Latest Reptiles News

Cold-stunned turtles flown from New England to Florida Keys

Dec. 12, 2018 5:20 AM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles rescued off New England's coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital. A volunteer group of general aviation pilots, under the banner of "Turtles Fly Too," transported the reptiles on Tuesday....

Witness details how he killed lover's husband for insurance

Dec. 11, 2018 6:40 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With a plot that echoes a well-known Hollywood masterpiece, a trial began Tuesday for a Florida woman accused of helping orchestrate the death of her husband in order to secure a massive insurance payout. Prosecutors contended that Denise Williams planned the December 2000 slaying...

Texas firefighters save more than 100 snakes from house fire

Dec. 10, 2018 2:51 PM EST

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Firefighters in Texas have rescued more than 100 snakes from a home that caught fire over the weekend. Authorities say a Christmas tree may have sparked the blaze Saturday near Conroe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston. The snakes included pythons and boa constrictors....

Floods, mudslides as storm wallops Southern California

Dec. 7, 2018 12:06 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second storm in a week brought record-breaking rainfall to parched Los Angeles on Thursday, jamming traffic on Southern California highways and prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred areas. A mudslide shut down Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding roads in and around Malibu...

Alligator still had sneaker in mouth after attacking man

Dec. 4, 2018 9:55 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A nearly 10-foot (3-meter) alligator that attacked a man in Florida still had his sneaker in its mouth when it was roped ashore. Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Bruchey says the alligator attacked the man's foot near a lake in Lakeland, Florida, on Monday. Bruchey says...

Beloved gift shop turtle celebrates 50th birthday party

Dec. 3, 2018 4:24 PM EST

BRISTOL, N.H. (AP) — A turtle given to a bedridden little boy in New Hampshire back in 1968 celebrated her 50th birthday with party hats, a sheet cake with the right number of candles and many well-wishers. Diane the Turtle was given to Jim Tonner when he was 12 and being treated for hip arthritis at his...

Low prices make for slow alligator season in Louisiana

Dec. 3, 2018 9:06 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Here's a fashion trend that's good news, if you're an alligator in Louisiana: Prices for skins are down to less than half what they were just five years ago, making for a slow wild harvest. The director of the state's alligator program estimates that about 18,000 were taken from the wild...

Trump admin approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drilling

Nov. 30, 2018 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other...

Sea turtles, some dead, some barely alive, wash ashore

Nov. 24, 2018 9:28 PM EST

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — An unusual number of sea turtles have been washing ashore in New England, many of which are a critically endangered turtle species called Kemp's ridley. A Massachusetts wildlife sanctuary director tells the Cape Cod Times that at least 219 turtles washed ashore Wednesday through...

Cracklins to boudin: Toups cookbook a treatise on Cajun food

Nov. 24, 2018 11:59 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Despite the title — "Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking" — there are no alligator entries in the New Orleans chef's new cookbook unless you count the photo of Toups' back and the alligator tattoo emblazoned across it. But there is an array of dishes...