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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.

Keeping snakes

2013-05-06 14:41

Some of us are dog people, others cat people and then there are those who like reptiles. But before you go out and get yourself a cold-blooded pet these are the things you must know.

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.

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.

Snake eludes Pretoria Zoo staff

2013-03-20 13:02

Pretoria Zoo staff are still looking for a black mamba that escaped from its enclosure.

Reptiles slithering towrds extinction

2013-02-15 09:43

Nineteen percent of the world's reptiles are estimated to be threatened with extinction, say researchers.

New 'Moby Dick' lizard species discovered

2013-01-16 11:01

A new lizard species has been discovered in Madagascar and named "Moby Dick" mermaid skink for its flipper-like forelimbs and unpigmented skin.

SA warned on summer snake bites

2012-12-10 16:05

Summer in the Western Cape means that snakes will be more active and there may be potentially dangerous encounters between the reptiles and the public.

Science puts snakes on a plain

2012-07-25 21:35

Snakes evolved their curious body shape on land, not in water, and are probably the descendants of small burrowing lizards, scientists have deducted from 70-million-year-old fossil remains.

India microtags charmers' snakes

2011-04-13 22:09

Officials in New Delhi have injected microchips into snakes used by snake charmers in a bid to regulate the basket and flute performers.

 

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.

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.

Turtle genes may aid human health

2013-04-18 08:14

The western painted turtle might offer clues about stroke and heart attack recovery, researchers say.

Tortoises dominate island population

2013-03-25 08:50

On Aldabra atoll, giant tortoises outnumber the handful of human inhabitants - scientists and conservationists who are there to try to protect them.

Pretoria Zoo's black mamba missing

2013-03-19 09:22

The Pretoria Zoo's 2m black mamba has escaped from its enclosure, and staff have been unable to find it.

KZN croc farmer fined

2013-01-18 11:33

KwaZulu-Natal crocodile farmer has been fined R290 000 by the Department of Agriculture and Environmental affairs for building cages without an environmental impact study.

US python hunting contest draws 100s

2013-01-10 12:01

A python hunting competition is drawing hundreds of amateurs armed with clubs, machetes and guns to the Florida Everglades.

Puff Adder bites as last resort - Prof

2012-10-05 13:31

According to a Wits University professor, the notorious Puff Adder may be more puff than bite.

Snakes scare Austria firefighters

2012-01-04 21:31

Austrian firefighters answering an alarm found something their training didn't prepare them for - a trove of highly venomous snakes.

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