Latest Reptiles News

Rainy 2020 brings a healthy turtle nesting season in Florida

Jan. 21, 2021 10:20 AM EST

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A rainy 2020 has led to a strong sea turtle nesting season in Palm Beach County, with 66% of eggs successfully hatching, officials said. A wetter year meant there was plenty of water to keep turtle eggs moist and embryos hydrated, Justin Perrault, director of research at Loggerhead...

Utah approved to build highway through conservation area

Jan. 16, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The Utah Division of Transportation and Washington County received approval to build a four-lane highway that would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. President Donald Trump's administration granted...

Rare sea turtle found dead on North Carolina's Outer Banks

Jan. 13, 2021 8:56 AM EST

FRSICO, N.C. (AP) — A species of sea turtle that is rarely seen on North Carolina's Outer Banks has been found dead in a Frisco marsh near the Pamlico Sound. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that biologists have so far been unable to find a cause of death of the leatherback sea turtle. The creature...

Environmental group to sue over sea turtle protections

Jan. 11, 2021 3:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group has told the National Marine Fisheries Service that it's going to court over reductions in plans to keep endangered and threatened sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets. “A shrimp cocktail is not worth the life of a sea turtle,” Jaclyn Lopez,...

Firefighters save pet rat, cats, lizards from Maine blaze

Jan. 11, 2021 1:59 PM EST

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine firefighters saved a pet rat Monday along with cats and lizards from a Waterville house fire in which seven people escaped through a window. The Maine Fire Marshal's Office was still investigating the Monday morning fire, which destroyed the house. Residents were climbing out...

Fishermen rescue naked fugitive from Australian tree

Jan. 6, 2021 1:19 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two fishermen have rescued a naked fugitive who they found sitting on a tree branch in Australian crocodile habitat. Cam Faust said Wednesday he and fellow recreational fisher Kev Joiner heard Luke Voskresensky, 40, yell for help on Sunday as they set crab traps from their dinghy...

In this image taken from a video, Ken Lee, a registered snake catcher, holds a python as he speaks during an interview at the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation in Hong Kong Dec. 10, 2020. Hong Kong is home to a variety of snakes, from the venomous king cobra to larger species such as the Burmese python. Whenever one of these reptiles is spotted slithering into a home or coming alarmingly close to a residential area, Lee is among the snake catchers called to capture the creatures. (AP Photo)

No snake soup for Hong Kong's young snake catcher

Jan. 2, 2021 1:09 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is home to a variety of snakes — from the venomous king cobra to larger species such as the Burmese python. Whenever one of these reptiles is spotted slithering into a home or coming alarmingly close to a residential area, Ken Lee is among the snake catchers called to...

Self-described 'lizard lady' wants to change face of science

Dec. 28, 2020 10:21 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — If there is such a thing as a celebrity herpetologist, University of Arizona doctoral student Earyn McGee is well on her way. At age 26, the self-described “lizard lady” already has her own Wikipedia page, a temporary statue in her honor at the Central Park Zoo in New...

Florida hunter makes Christmas cookies with python eggs

Dec. 26, 2020 3:01 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Burmese python may not be everyone’s first food of choice for festive holiday fare — or second, third or fourth either. For starters, it’s snake. Plus, because of potentially high mercury levels, there’s still a lot of uncertainty over the health...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, a stunned iguana lies in the grass at Cherry Creek Park in Oakland Park, Fla., With unexpectedly cold weather in the forecast and pandemic-related curfews in some places, Florida is about to have a Christmas unlike any other in recent memory, and it might involve falling iguanas. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Christmas in Florida: Chilly forecast, falling iguanas

Dec. 24, 2020 12:27 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With unexpectedly cold weather in the forecast and pandemic-related curfews in some places, Florida is about to have a Christmas unlike any other in recent memory, and it may involve falling iguanas. The National Weather Service earlier this week warned that South Florida could...