Reptiles

June 18, 2019 - 8:14 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A New Jersey wildlife trader has been sentenced to two years' probation for his role in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong. The State reports 26-year-old William "Billy" Gangemi was sentenced Monday for conspiracy to smuggle wildlife in...
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June 13, 2019 - 10:10 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A snake stowed away in a man's bag and remained undetected until it completed the trip from Florida to Hawaii, officials said. The southern black racer snake slithered out of the man's backpack when he arrived on Maui Monday, KGMB-TV reported Wednesday. The U.S. Department of...
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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 23, 2019 - 9:25 am
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted...
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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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May 03, 2019 - 1:59 pm
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina driver got a case of shell shock after a turtle flying through the air on a busy highway shattered his windshield. John Gardner said the rear tire on a truck near him hit the turtle Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 501 near Conway and flung the reptile into his...
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April 26, 2019 - 4:11 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are laying eggs along the Georgia coast. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the first loggerhead nest of the 2019 season was discovered Friday on Cumberland Island. Typically, the season runs from May through August in Georgia and the...
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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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April 08, 2019 - 7:34 pm
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officers say a headless, tailless alligator has appeared in a South Carolina creek in an apparent poaching case. News outlets report the gator carcass with its head and tail removed was found floating in Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant on Sunday. State...
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April 01, 2019 - 1:16 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state's wildlife agency. A recently launched program allows Arizona's nearly two dozen tribes to make requests to the...
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