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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Crocodile News

A 52-year old Malaysian man survived a crocodile attack. (News source.)

Australian police are searching for thieves who stole 18 young saltwater crocs from a crocodile farm in Darwin. (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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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Indiana: Snake Thieves Identified

Police are close to busting a group of snake thieves targeting Evansville area pet shops. (News source.)

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Herp Crimes

Someone attempted to steal a juvenile alligator from a Pennsylvania pet shop. (News source.)

An Alabama breeder of Amazon tree boas was robbed of 22 snakes, with containers. (News source.) [Update: the snakes weren't stolen after all.]

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Dumb (Herp) Criminal of the Month.

Right here.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Snakes & Crime

An Oklahoma man who stole a python and tortoise from a zoo ended up getting himself arrested when he returned to the zoo to ask employees how to care for the reptiles. (News source.)

An Ohio woman ended up in trouble for owning an 8-foot boa in a county that only allows constrictors up to 5 feet. (Chalk one up for dumb laws.) (News source.)

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Zoo Python Stolen

A Norman, OK, zoo has had its albino Burmese python stolen for the second time in 10 days. (News source.)

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Herp Crimes

The UK mastermind of an illegal tortoise smuggling ring has been charged. (News source.)

A couple of snakes were stolen from Flamingo Gardens in Florida. (News source.)

A woman who stole a young boa constrictor from a Michigan pet shop has returned the snake. (News source.)

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Crocs Stolen

18 baby saltwater crocodiles were stolen from a Darwin, Australia, crocodile farm. (News source.)

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Fer-de-lance Stolen

Someone either knew what they were doing, or is in for a nasty surprise. A boxed up fer-de-lance (very dangerous) was stolen from a vehicle parked at a Vermont Wal-mart. (News source.)

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Albino Alligators Stolen

Seven rare albino alligators were stolen from Federal University's zoo in Matto Grosso, Brazil. (News source.)

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Snake Thief Bitten

A Florida man stole several snakes out of a shed marked "Poisonous Snakes," and ended up bitten in the process. He was found wandering a Wal-mart in the middle of the night, bleeding. Employees called authorities, who discovered five snakes (two being Hopi rattlesnakes, the other three harmless) in his car's trunk. The man was airlifted to a hospital. (News source.)

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