Mystery of snake venom unravelled

2015-02-10 16:47

Scientists have unraveled the mystery of how the Costa Rican coral snake's venom causes seizures in its victims, a finding that could boost research into schizophrenia, epilepsy and chronic pain.

Baby girl mauled by monitor lizard

2014-09-23 16:26

A baby girl has suffered head injuries after being attacked by a monitor lizard on a resort island in southern Malaysia.

Crocodile caught wandering around mall

2014-04-11 10:25

Police say a crocodile was apparently left outside a Northern California shopping mall by someone who didn't want it anymore.

Reptiles hawked illegally on the road to Sun City

2014-02-07 11:00

The NSPCA has condemned the sale of tortoises and chameleons by roadside hawkers in the North West.

Japan - 80 reptiles in one-room flat

2013-12-03 18:02

Venomous lizards and snakes up to three metres long were among 80 reptiles police found crammed into a one-room apartment in Japan.

Japanese men charged with Australia lizard smuggling

2013-10-03 09:32

Two Japanese men have been charged with attempting to smuggle 30 lizards out of Australia, with the reptiles fetching high prices on the Asian black market.

Acupuncture helps ailing alligator

2013-08-29 07:27

An albino alligator at Brazilian aquarium gets acupuncture treatments for back problems.

Soweto snake woman on charm offensive

2013-05-27 22:19

Tourists have long flocked to the home-turned-museum of former president Nelson Mandela on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, but now the area has a new attraction: big snakes, and lots of them.

Australians fined for wrestling crocodiles

2013-05-17 14:12

Two Australians who filmed themselves wrestling deadly saltwater crocodiles were fined for interfering with protected animals.

Umgeni crocodile shot and killed

2013-05-03 10:00

A crocodile living in the Umgeni River in KwaZulu-Natal for several years has been shot and killed, KwaZulu-Natal wildlife has said.


Croc on the loose in UK 'apprehended'

2014-10-15 21:37

British police have been called out to capture a crocodile on the loose in the south-western city of Plymouth.

Wanted: Owner of Greek isle's mystery croc

2014-07-07 21:20

As reptile experts scale up plans to capture a two-metre crocodile that mysteriously appeared on the tourist island of Crete, appeals have gone out for its owner to come forward.

Australia shoots down crocodile hunting

2014-03-27 10:27

Australia has rejected a plan to let big-game hunters shoot crocodiles in the country's tropical north, saying such a scheme risked encouraging "cruel" behaviour.

The strange tale of the lizard's breath

2013-12-11 23:02

Air flows through lizard lungs in one direction, a finding that may prompt a rethink about how some species evolved following Earth's biggest mass extinction.

Python one of the most evolved creatures on earth: Study

2013-12-03 07:33

The first full study of a snake's genome has revealed the Burmese python to be one of the most evolutionarily advanced creatures on Earth.

Hundreds of snakes found at man's US home

2013-09-20 11:28

An animal-control officer had hundreds of snakes, including two 1.8m Burmese pythons, at his home, where he ran an illegal side business selling them, authorities have said.

Thieves steal exotic reptiles from zoo

2013-07-15 07:25

Thieves have stolen a horde of exotic reptiles from an Australian zoo, including a baby alligator, leaving their keepers fearing they could be destined for the black market.

Sunbathing crocodile shocks beachgoers

2013-05-22 13:01

Hundreds of sunbathers fled a popular Indonesian beach in panic when a 4m crocodile laid down next to them to soak up some rays, an official has said.

Croc shooting upsets KZN locals

2013-05-06 10:03

Animal lovers have spoken out against the killing of the three metre Umgeni crocodile last week, saying it was a tragedy.

Still no sign of missing mamba

2013-03-25 13:36

"Houdini", the two metre black mamba that escaped from its enclosure at the Pretoria Zoo more than two weeks ago has still not been found.

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