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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Python Season

A new season will be available to hunters for reptile of special concern in Florida state-managed areas around the Everglades. (News source.)

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Croc News

A Frenchman and Burundi resident is trying to hunt down Gustave, that country's infamous killer crocodile. (News source.)

A Uganda minister is trying to make it legal for residents to kill (and eat) crocodiles, which are a constant danger in that country. (News source.)

Mugger crocs in Iran are seriously on the decline due to poaching and habitat loss. (News source.)

A well-known large American crocodile, Wilma, on Sanibel, has been found dead. (News source.)

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Culture, Politics, and Crocodile Trappers

An interesting article here, from Nigeria.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Python Hunting Expanded

Licensed hunters will be allowed to hunt pythons in certain parts of the Everglades. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gator Hunting

A "new, undisputed Alabama state record alligator" was shot during the latest season. It was 13' 5" and 701 pounds. (News source.)

The Florida season started up, with some animal rights protesters showing up. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Herps and Culture

Bolivian hunters target a species of tree lizard for tradional medicine. (News source.)

Frogs are an important traditional food source in Madagascar. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Call for Croc Cull

Australia's Territory Government is thinking about allowing crocodile safaris by tourists in the aftermath of the recent death of a young girl. (News source.)

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

SC Gator Hunt Numbers

The hunt numbers for the 2008 alligator hunting season in South Carolina show "362 alligators from 13 different counties, in the state's first public alligator hunt in more than 40 years." (News source.)

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snake Hunting Techniques

Researchers in Georgia are using a trained Labrador retriever to sniff out eastern indigo snakes. (News source.)

A Malaysian man has created a snake catching device for hands-off capture of venomous snakes. (News source.)

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Frog Hunting to Protect Crop

South Carolina crayfish farmers have to hunt frogs to keep the predators from ruining the crop. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Snake Hunter

An orphan in Zimbabwe became entrepreneurial, catching snakes and smuggling them over the border into Mozambique where he could find ready buyers. (News source.)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snake Hunter

A profile here on a professional snake hunter in Florida (for live sales to the reptile industry).

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Big Croc Hunting

A brief profile here on an Australian couple, first croc hunters, then croc conservations.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turtle Fights Back, and Other News

A chef in Hong Kong was bitten on the toe by a softshell turtle as it tried to escape. The chef was hospitalized, and the turtle was returned to a cage for later cooking. (News source.)

Profile here on a Florida turtle hunter facing possible restrictions on the trade there. (News source.)

Two Iowa men were charged with poaching turtles. (News source.)

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Snake Hunting

Notes on a video of some snake hunters in the Mississippi Delta region here.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Iguana Hunters: The Strictly Controversy

An article here detailing how Strictly Reptiles obtains iguanas and more from the burgeoning invasive population in Florida, and how state regulations might affect that. (News source.)

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Big Gator

A state-record alligator, over 13 feet in length, was killed in Mississippi during this year's alligator hunting season. (News source.)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gator Hunting in SC

Via Roark Ferguson: South Carolina is following other southern states and opening up alligator hunting again, with conditions hunters must follow. (News source.)

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Croc News

An article here on alligator hunting in South Carolina.

South African crocodile farms are becoming big business. (News source.) But, along with that are dubious products marketed from crocodile fat making extravagant claims on their natural healing properties. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Chasing Wall Lizards

An article here on an annual wall lizard hunt in Topeka, Kansas. (The lizards are an introduced species.)

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