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Reptile breeder pays fine after 157 venomous snakes seized

Mar. 4, 2020 6:13 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A reptile breeder in upstate New York has paid a $500 fine related to the possession of more than 150 venomous snakes in his home, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC said in a report that investigators got a warrant to search the Orange County...

In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 photo from the Madison Township Police Department, a Madison Township Police officer assists state wildlife officials to retrieve an alligator being kept in the basement of a residence in Groveport, Ohio. (Madison Township Police Department/Ohio Department of Agriculture via AP)

Authorities seize alligator from Ohio basement

Feb. 28, 2020 2:24 PM EST

GROVEPORT, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio have seized an alligator that was being kept in the basement of a home. According to a Facebook post from the Madison Township Police Department, the owner of the 25-year-old reptile did not have an exotic animal permit and voluntarily surrendered the animal. ...

In this Feb. 27, 2020 photo, Brandi Biehl, co-director of the Sea Turtle Recovery hospital inside the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J. examines a sea turtle. Eleven of the dozen turtles being treated there survived being

Wayfaring sea turtles survived cold; now pneumonia threatens

Feb. 28, 2020 10:45 AM EST

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A dozen sea turtles that nearly froze when they were too far north last fall as water temperatures abruptly plunged in New Jersey survived that ordeal but remain threatened by the pneumonia most of them developed afterward. Sea Turtle Recovery, a nonprofit group operating out of...

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

Feb. 15, 2020 1:47 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page that a group of...

Siba, the standard poodle wins Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: A standard poodle wins Westminster best in show

Feb. 11, 2020 11:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local): 11:03 p.m. Siba the standard poodle has won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. With the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting for Daniel the popular golden retriever, judge Bob Slay instead picked the...

In this Jan. 25, 2020 photo released by Galapagos National Park shows park workers inspecting a tortoise near Wolf Volcano on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The National Park announced on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 that an expedition to the foothills of the highest active volcano in the Galapagos Islands located a young female tortoise and she is a direct descendant of a giant tortoise species considered extinct. (Tui De Roy/Galapagos National Park via AP)

Descendants of extinct tortoise species found in Galapagos

Feb. 1, 2020 12:37 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Conservationists working around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George. The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy said Friday that a young...

NJ man who admitted smuggling turtles ordered to pay $350K

Jan. 29, 2020 12:25 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $350,000 after he pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 1,000 box turtles out of Oklahoma. William T. Gangemi, 27, of Freehold, New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa after pleading...