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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reptile Zoo Fined

An Ontario serpentarium operator was charged with possession of four native species (some considered endangered in Ontario) and fined $8,000 (CAN). (News source.)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jumping Gators

Gatorland is bringing in new blood for their Gator Jumparoo show, as the older alligators have gotten a bit lazy. (News source.)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Big Softshell

A Thai zoo/aquarium has put a huge softshell turtle on display. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hank the Croc Died

A 47-year old, 2000 pound hybrid croc featured at Jungle Island (Florida) died. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pennsylvania: Snake Farm Profile

Pocono Snake and Animal Farm is profiled here.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Snake Hunter / Venom Extractor

A Thai snake hunter / rescuer is profiled here.

A Florida man is setting up a facility (Reptile Discovery Center) where visitors can watch venom extraction. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

LA's Gator Farm

Some history here on the long gone Los Angeles Alligator Farm.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Alligator B&B

The Texas Alligator Ranch (Spearman, TX) is adding a bed and breakfast. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

$50K Reward for Big Snake

If you come up with a 30-foot snake, Reptile Gardens in ND will pay you $50,000 for it. (Of course, you can probably get more for it elsewhere...) (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Anaconda Death

A 17-foot anaconda at Miami's Metrozoo has died; it has been replaced with two smaller anacondas until a larger snake can be obtained. (News source.)

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Snake Theft

A Kenyan snake exhibitor was robbed of 16 valuable (mostly venomous) snakes. (News source.)

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Herp Crimes

A couple of pet store thieves (took a ball python) have been caught. (News source.)

Ten rare tortoises were stolen from the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum in Singapore. (News source.) Three men have been charged. (News source.)

And, a Louisiana man was arrested for stealing funds meant for a boy who lost an arm in an alligator attack. (News source.)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Herp Tourism

A Snake Temple in Malaysia has undergone renovations, and is being marketed to the tourist industry. (News source.)

Gatorland has a limited-time exhibit, four leucistic alligators. (
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snake Park Closes

The snake park in Paphos, Cyprus, is closing, apparently due to anti-snake sentiments of the public. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Broad-Headed Snake Exhibit

The Nowra Wildlife Park has a new exhibit of the endangered (and venomous) broad-headed snake. (News source.)

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Zoo News

Zulu Croc World opens soon in South Africa. (News source.)

A South African snake park was robbed by three armed men. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Museum of Animal Skeletons

A Turkish zoo's late crocodile and other animals will be part of a new Museum of Animal Skeletons in Sasalı Natural Habitat Park. (News source.)

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Exhibits in the News

Alligator Alley (Alabama) has added a new "giant snake" exhibit. (News source.)

That viper at Moody Gardens (Texas) has disappeared again, and this time it looks like someone tampered with the lock. (News source.)

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Somebody Lied

Moody Garden's viper really did escape, and wasn't just camouflaged in the vivarium. Officials admit that it was found on the outside of the cage. (News source.)

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Croc Exhibits

First, Crocodile Swamp opens at the Paignton Zoo (UK). (News source.)

And, a Kendrapara museum (India) has what may be the country's largest preserved crocodile skull. (News source.)

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