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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Python Politics Continues

An interesting business-side look at the effects of the python ban from the WSJ.

The cold snap in FL has killed off a number of pythons, apparently.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Labrador Snapper

A snapping turtle was picked up in Labrador, outside of its known range. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

OOP Gators

A small gator was caught in Butte Creek, in California. (News source.)

A couple of Indiana teens killed a 6-foot alligator in a Jasper County river. (News source.)

A small alligator was captured in the Tuscarawas River, in Ohio. (News source.)

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Crocs in Rio Grande

Crocodiles reported in the Rio Grande near Reynosa, Mexico, are rumored to be released "by drug lords or others." A close to five-foot one was caught in a Reynosa backyard. (News source.)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

OOP Crocs

Two small crocodilians were reported from a pond near a Ukrainian oil refinery plant. (News source.)

Tracks on a Brevard County, FL, beach indicate an alligator or croc; saltwater-forays by gators are unusual. (News source.)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Out of Place Crocodilians

A village pond in France is being drained to catch the "crocodile" said to be lurking there. (News source.)

A baby gator was caught in Trumbull Lake, in Connecticut, probably dumped due to the restrictive regulations there. (News source.)

A small alligator was seen in an Indiana lake. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Oddities Here and There

"Tens of thousands" of newly hatched western toads have taken over Marysville, California. (News source.)

A family in the Bronx found a yellow rat snake in their home. (News source.)

Not so much odd as sad, a canebrake ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. (News source.)

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Caymans Croc (Again)

Another small crocodilian has been caught in the Cayman Islands. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

OOP Snakes in Barbados

Up to four large snakes (including a possible 16-foot Burmese) are believed to be roaming loose in Barbados. (News source.)

And, commentary here from the president of the Caribbean Herpetological Society.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

OOP Gator Might Have Been Stolen

The Australian Reptile Park might be the source for that OOP alligator found by scouts; apparently, at least five gators have been stolen from there since 1999. (News source.)

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Australian Alligator News

A 1.5 meter long alligator has turned up on Australia's South Coast, puzzling officials. (News source.)

Australia Reptile Park has done their annual egg-snatching in the alligator exhibit, so that hatchling alligators don't get loose into Australia's waterways. (Too late...) (News source.)

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

OOP Tortoise on Maui Beach

A small African spur-thigh tortoise was found released on a Maui beach. Apparently, it's not illegal to keep nonnative tortoises in Hawaii, (unlike snakes/lizards), but police still want to know where it came from. (News source.)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

8-Foot Croc in Massachusetts?

Sounds fishy. Police responded to a sighting of an 8-foot crocodilian swimming in Fiske Pond near Natick, MA. (News source.)

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Monday, October 20, 2008

UK: Snake in Attic

An unknown species of snake has left shed skins in a UK attic, to the consternation of the current tenants. (News source.)

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Strange Snake Stories

A live 4 1/2 foot albino corn snake ended up in a Washington waste water plant. (News source.)

A goat thief in Malaysia turned out to be a 6-meter long python. (News source.)

It's time for the annual Rattlesnake Festival in Pasco County, Texas. (News source.)

Controversy in Illinois: did a man see a massasauga or a fox snake? (News source.)

Has the largest fossil snake been found? Estimates of a South American fossil are up to 12.8 meters. (News source.)

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

OOP Iguana

Just an interesting lost iguana story from Mississippi. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tennessee Caiman Caught

A 4 1/2 foot caiman was finally captured in the Little Pigeon River. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Vietnam: Croc Farms Flood

Crocodiles that got loose from croc farms during heavy flooding, were apparently captured and killed or sold off by neighboring farmers. Authorities weren't able to retrieve any of the reptiles. (News source.)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

OOP Gator Probably a Croc

A small crocodilian found in Reynosa, TX, is probably a crocodile, not an alligator. Officials are uncertain of its origins. (News source.)

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Tegus in Florida

A tegu has been captured in Manatee County, FL, and others have been sighted. A new invasion? (News source.)

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