Reptiles

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2018, file photo, an African Bush Viper venomous snake is displayed for reporters at the Woodland Park Zoo, in Seattle. The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snake bites, announced on Thursday, May 23, 2019, aiming to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 23, 2019 - 10:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snakebites, aiming to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030. Nearly 3 million people are bitten by potentially poisonous snakes every year, resulting in as...
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May 16, 2019 - 8:13 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the large reptile was spotted Tuesday morning on a MacDill Air Force Base flight line. The base shared a photo of...
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May 10, 2019 - 8:10 am
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family's washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash. Sanela Kamencic tells WMAQ-TV she was "totally creeped out" when the snake turned up Wednesday in the washing...
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April 14, 2019 - 5:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — A zoo in southern China says the only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died. The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze...
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In this Tuesday, March 12, 2019 photo, a loggerhead turtle swims in a tank at a marine animal rehabilitation center near Boston. Warmer waters in New England are proving attractive to sea turtles, but with a catch. Many are swimming north only to be trapped by cooling waters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 28, 2019 - 1:14 am
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper. These were the first tentative steps toward a return to the ocean for this juvenile...
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March 20, 2019 - 2:39 pm
ALBANY, Texas (AP) — A Texas homeowner who reported seeing "a few" snakes under his home actually had dozens of rattlesnakes living beneath his house. Big Country Snake Removal, which was called in to help, said the homeowner crawled underneath his home after strong winds disrupted his cable...
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February 22, 2019 - 8:13 pm
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can't run fast and can't be missed — a 100-pound tortoise. KOB-TV reports Dusty the Turtle went missing earlier this month in Roswell, New Mexico after strong winds knocked open a gate that housed him...
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This photo released by the Galapagos National Park, a Chelonoidis phantasticus tortoise rests at Galapagos National Park in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Park rangers and the Galapagos Conservancy found the tortoise, a species that was thought to have become extinct one hundred years ago. (Galapagos National Park via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 7:25 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a...
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January 29, 2019 - 11:35 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man who jumped into a Florida zoo's crocodile enclosure has been sentenced to a year in jail. Court records show 23-year-old Brandon Keith Hatfield of Green Cove Springs pleaded no contest Friday to multiple charges, including trespassing and criminal mischief. St...
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Victorville Public Works staff redirect traffic on Pebble Beach Drive as they closed the roadway due to flooding, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 in Victorville, Calif. The second round of a fall storm dumped snow and rain that jammed traffic on Southern California highways and loosened hillsides in wildfire burn areas on Thursday. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 12:05 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second storm in a week brought record-breaking rainfall to parched Los Angeles on Thursday, jamming traffic on Southern California highways and prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred areas. A mudslide shut down Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding roads in and around...
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