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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Monday, February 15, 2010

Pythons Stolen

A petting zoo in South Fort Myers had a python stolen from them. (News source.)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Herps in Crime News

Approx. 550 Afghan tortoises were recovered from smugglers in Pakistan. (News source.)

A number of rare mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates were stolen from a warehouse in Australia. (News source.)

An official function in Malaysia has turned into a scandal as illegal sea turtle eggs were served. (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 Crimes

Someone stole an albino timber rattler and an Ethiopian small-eyed viper from Victoria Reptiles in Florida. (News source.)

Four men in India were arrested for possession of 150 rare tortoises. (
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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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Monday, November 24, 2008

Herp Legal News

13 geckos were stolen from a North Carolina man's house. Two have been returned, and four people have been arrested. (News source.)

A former Connecticut man is suing police over a $35 fine given (through alleged illegal entry to his home), where they apparently found a 6-7 foot crocodilian or lizard in a tub. The reptile is unidentified (and disappeared after they initially saw it). Probably was just a big monitor. (News source.)

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Egg Thieves Arrested

Three men have been arrested for stealing alligator eggs from a Louisiana gator farm. (News source.)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2-Headed Turtle Stolen

Another two-headed turtle has been stolen, this one from a Canadian pet shop. (News source.)

[Update: Turtle returned.]

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

NZ Zoo Theft

A New Zealand zoo was victim to a smash and grab heist. Two day geckos and two bearded dragons were stolen. (News source.)

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Two-Headed Turtle Theft

Not long after publicity started about a small two-headed turtle on display in NY, someone snatched it. (News source.)

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Pet Shop Thief Arrested

A former pet shop employee was arrested for stealing several high-dollar reticulated python morphs, and trying to sell them to an undercover officer. (News source.)

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Kenya Snake Thief

Someone stole seven vipers and cobras from a small snake-park in the Rift Valley. (News source.)

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Stolen Croc Found (Uganda)

A young crocodile stolen from a conservation education center in Uganda was found abandoned at the airport. (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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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Norway Caiman Returned

The dwarf caiman stolen from a Norwegian aquarium was returned; the thief was a reptile enthusiast (part of this site, it looks like) who claimed the animal was kept in poor conditions. (News source.)

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Dwarf Croc Stolen

A Norway aquarium lost its dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus trigonatus) to thieves. (News source.)

They're offering an approx. $4900 reward for a reptile they claim is worth about $2000 on the legal market. (Not sure where they get that info, as they're sold for about $300 or so here in the US...)

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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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