Latest Reptiles News

Agency says two-headed snake may go to educational facility

Sep. 24, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife and conservation research hospital says a two-headed snake recently found near the nation's capital may be sent to an educational facility. The Wildlife Center of Virginia says the two-headed Eastern Copperhead was found in a northern Virginia neighborhood last week. It...

Police in New Jersey search for alligator on the loose

Sep. 19, 2018 5:25 AM EDT

MULLICA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey are warning residents about an alligator that's on the loose. Authorities say the 3- to 4-foot gator was spotted along Hamburg Avenue in Mullica Township on Tuesday afternoon. Police say residents should be careful letting small pets outside. Animal...

Mexico stops hotel project at sea turtle nesting beach

Sep. 18, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental authorities in Mexico say they have denied permits for a proposed hotel near one of Mexico's most important sea turtle nesting beaches on the Caribbean. The 520-room hotel project would have erected 23 buildings and an artificial lake on property just inland from the Xcacel...

Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle to be tried

Sep. 16, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a live, sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students will be tried in his own community next month, a judge has ruled, dismissing an attempt by prosecutors to move the trial to another county. Prosecutors wanted to move the trial of...

Florida gov hopeful in Everglades airboat, talks environment

Sep. 12, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

THE EVERGLADES, Fla. (AP) — Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis toured a section of the Everglades by airboat with a famed alligator wrestler Wednesday, seeking to broaden his voter appeal while vowing to combat the state's top environmental woes. Former state wildlife commissioner,...

Couple that lost toddler in alligator attack have new baby

Sep. 12, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Nebraska couple whose little boy was killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney World hotel have welcomed a new child to their family. Matt and Melissa Graves on Wednesday announced the birth of Christian Lane Graves. In 2016, an alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves as he was...

Texas animal control seizes hundreds of snakes, rodents

Sep. 6, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals' living conditions. Animal Care Services seized 136 reticulated pythons and ball pythons Wednesday after weeks of attempting to work with the...

Venomous rattlesnake found near Massachusetts go-kart track

Aug. 31, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Police responding to a Massachusetts go-kart track found a venomous snake wrapped around a tree in the parking lot. Braintree police say the timber rattlesnake was discovered Wednesday night near X1 Boston. Experts think the rattlesnake likely came from the nearby 6,000-acre Blue...

Police: Thieves stole over $40,000 in rare insects, reptiles

Aug. 30, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say current or former employees at an insectarium stole over $40,000 worth of rare insects and reptiles. Authorities say the suspects stole about 90 percent of the animals at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion on Aug. 22 and possibly other days....

College student finds 5-foot snake in dorm room

Aug. 30, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) — A college student in central New York has to collect a 5-foot (1.5-meter)-long boa constrictor from a local wildlife center after a fellow student found the pet reptile hiding behind her dorm room refrigerator. Syracuse.com reports that a student at Hamilton College found the snake...