Latest Snakes News

Florida trappers capture record-setting python in Everglades

Oct. 6, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say Florida trappers have captured a record-setting python as part of a growing effort that encourages hunters to remove the invasive snakes from the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the 18-foot, 4-inch-long (5.58...

Choosing your first reptile: some species to look for

Oct. 1, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

Reptiles are easier to keep than ever, with special equipment available in almost any pet store. This ease of entry, however, means that beginners can end up in over their head. There are species that provide a rewarding introduction to these fascinating creatures. There are others to steer away from. A primer:...

Pit bull dies of snake bites while protecting Florida boys

Sep. 27, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida says his family's 8-month-old pit bull Zeus died of snake bites as it was trying to protect his sons. Gary Richardson told WOFL-TV the boys were outside the family's home in Sumter County, Florida, on Monday, cleaning Zeus' water dish when the venomous coral...

Rare, two-headed rattlesnake found in New Jersey forest

Sep. 5, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — It looks like something from a science fiction movie. A newborn two-headed timber rattlesnake has been found in New Jersey's Pine Barrens. Herpetological Associates of Burlington County CEO Bob Zappalorti says the snake has two brains and each head acts independently of the...

Flour trail and evacuations: German city seeks escaped cobra

Aug. 26, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An escaped cobra is on the loose in a city in western Germany, and authorities are still trying to figure out how far the reptile has slithered. Municipal authorities in Herne said the venomous snake was spotted Sunday morning in the hallway of a house where snakes were kept, and it may have...

TSA says traveler forgot snake at Newark security checkpoint

Aug. 20, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A young girl discovered something slithery at a New Jersey airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake. Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport said in a release that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring around its...