Latest Reptiles News

Man finds rattlesnake under hood while trying to start car

Jun. 21, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

HANCOCK, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine — the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake. The man says the snake slithered across the engine block and curled up on the battery as he opened the hood of the car...

Feds: Smuggler pleads guilty to shipping protected turtles

Jun. 21, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say the 'ringleader of an international syndicate of wildlife smugglers" has pleaded guilty, again, to smuggling turtles. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that 38-year-old Steven Verren Baker of Holly Hill entered the plea Tuesday in Charleston....

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

Jun. 20, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in...

Video shows headless rattlesnake striking man

Jun. 20, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who shot a rattlesnake got a surprise when the headless reptile tried to bite him long after he thought it should be dead. Billy Forbus tells WSFA-TV he saw the snake when he was working in his garden and shot it. He later put it in the back of his pickup truck to go...

Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland

Jun. 19, 2018 9:11 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland. Finnish public broadcaster YLE reported Tuesday that some of the flammable liquid spread by an ill-fated homeowner in...

Bog turtle becomes New Jersey's state reptile

Jun. 19, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has an official state reptile. The governor on Monday signed legislation designating the title to the bog turtle. Two years ago, Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told his students that New Jersey didn't have a state reptile. So, they decided to...

Human finger found in alligator snapping turtle's body

Jun. 16, 2018 11:11 AM EDT

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff's office is investigating the discovery of a human finger inside the body of an alligator snapping turtle. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a man called deputies on Monday after finding the finger inside a large turtle he was...

7-meter-long python swallows Indonesian woman

Jun. 16, 2018 7:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia, a village official said Saturday. The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening,...

911 caller told dispatcher "an alligator got this lady"

Jun. 15, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Police have released the 911 recording of a man saying he believed "an alligator got this lady" who had been walking her dogs at a Florida park. The man said he'd watched the woman take her dogs into Silver Lakes Rotary Park, and that he later spotted two of the dogs near her car, while...

Report: Lake where woman found dead known for alligators

Jun. 12, 2018 11:32 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say the lake where a 47-year-old woman was found dead from an apparent alligator attack has been the subject of multiple reports of gator activity. Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Robert Klepper told the Palm Beach Post the agency has received 11 calls...