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Florida trappers step up efforts, catch 3,600 pythons

Nov. 4, 2019 5:10 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — More than 3,600 Burmese pythons have been captured in Florida under an effort to control the invasive species that wildlife officials say is choking the delicate Everglades ecosystem. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday the Python Action Team had removed 1,000 pythons from the wild. That's on top of...

Autopsy shows 8-foot python fatally strangled Indiana woman

Nov. 1, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

OXFORD, Ind. (AP) — An autopsy has determined that an Indiana woman found with an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) python wrapped around her neck was killed by the reptile. State Police said Friday the autopsy found that 36-year-old Laura Hurst's cause of death was "asphyxiation due to strangulation by a...

Indiana woman found dead with 8-foot python around her neck

Oct. 31, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

OXFORD, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman found with an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) python wrapped around her neck had apparently kept snakes at the residence, which was filled with snakes and outfitted for a collection of the reptiles, police said Thursday. Laura Hurst, 36, was found unresponsive Wednesday...

At-large python found in West Virginia by letter carrier

Oct. 30, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — An 11-foot python that was on the loose in West Virginia was found Tuesday, about a month after it got out of its tank, broke through a window screen and slithered outside. Richwood Police Chief Charles Burkhamer says a letter carrier saw the snake laying out in the sun next to a...

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...