Florida woman finds python while doing laundry
The Associated Press

COCOA, Fla. - Another day, another python in Florida.

This time a woman found a python wrapped around her pet rat's blanket while she was doing laundry.

Juanita Tedesco called police...

Iguana rescued from house fire in Bally

Firefighters from Eastern Berks Fire Department, Hereford, East Greenville and Pennsburg spent about an hour Wednesday afternoon saving an iguana and extinguishing a house fire in Bally.

Crews were dispatched just...

Cleaning staff finds python in hotel room drawer
WORCESTER, Mass. - A worker at a Massachusetts hotel got a slithery surprise while cleaning a room - a 5-foot ball python left in a drawer.

The Telegram & Gazette ( ) reports that staff at the Marriott...

The importance of teaching kids to be kind to pets
The Kuerner brothers, John, 4, and Will, 6, had fun last summer gathering branches and leaves for bird nests, touching real bird feathers and gathering nuts and berries for wildlife, all as part of a Backyard Buddies program at PAWS in...

100 snakes, lots of rats, 2 mini pigs seized from NY home

WILSON, N.Y. - Authorities have seized 100 snakes, lots of rats, two miniature pigs and a few dozen birds from a New York home where dozens of creatures were found dead.

Officials with the Society for the Prevention of...

Dead alligator found in New Jersey park.
NEWARK, N.J. - A dead 4-foot-long alligator has been found in a park in northern New Jersey.

The county sheriff's office says it removed the dead animal from Newark's Weequahic Park after a jogger spotted the reptile around 7...

Searchers combing New Jersey woods for missing tortoise
UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Firefighters and a dog have been combing the woods in northern New Jersey for a 100-pound tortoise that doesn't move at a glacial pace.

Sulley got out of a backyard enclosure in Union Township over the Labor...

Carbondale home with 72 snakes poses zoning question
No one knows quite what to do about a Carbondale, Lackawanna County, home housing 72 snakes.

A Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging official initially referred the matter to the city earlier this month.


Seized boa constrictor gets new home
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - A boa constrictor seized on Oahu in 2011 is getting a warm welcome in its new home on Hawaii Island.

The nearly 8-foot snake, which had been kept in a 100-gallon aquarium at the Honolulu office of the state...

Crocodile caught at California shopping center
ROSEVILLE, Calif. - After a while a crocodile has been turned over to officials who are pondering where to send the reptile a day after it was captured roaming around a Northern California shopping center.

Authorities say the...

Reptile trade group sues over federal ban on some snake species
It was a snake that reportedly led to the ban on humans in the Garden of Eden. Now a reptile trade group wants to overturn a national ban on importing four giant snakes or transporting them across state lines.

The United States...

Reptile enthusiasts want python ban overturned
MIAMI - A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a...

Ex-veterinarian back home without gator
A retired Uniontown, Fayette County, veterinarian who was missing with his pet alligator since last week returned home over the weekend, his wife said Sunday.

James Ronald Davidson, 67, left his South Union home with Alli, a 3-...

Lecture set on invasive pythons
The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A biologist from the University of Arkansas is set to give a talk about problems with invasive pythons.

Professor J.D. Willson is to speak at the Clinton School of Public...

Disabled sea turtle released into new Vegas home

LAS VEGAS - A 320-pound disabled green sea turtle is now paddling around a Las Vegas Strip aquarium after an odyssey that included two sea rescues and a cross-country trip in a FedEx plane.

Officials at the Mandalay Bay...

Swarthmore boa constrictor safe after 10 days on the lam
SWARTHMORE - After a 10-day journey into the wilds of Swarthmore, an escaped snake has been found and returned safely to its owners.

Snakey, a 7-foot-long boa constrictor, escaped the yard of Dr. David Spiegel on Aug. 11 while...

7-foot long boa constrictor goes missing from Swarthmore home
SWARTHMORE - The owners of a missing boa constrictor desperately want to find their pet of 18 years and are holding out hope he will be located before he gets himself into a jam.

"It would be nice if everyone knows he's a pet, he's not...

Hundreds at funeral for brothers killed by python
CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick - Hundreds of people attended the funeral service Saturday for two brothers who were killed by a python while they slept at a friend's home above an exotic pet store.

Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his...

Search under way for missing tortoise in Kansas
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. - A family pet has disappeared from outside a home in northeast Kansas, but chances are it didn't get very far unless someone gave it a lift.

WIBW-TV reports the animal...

Exotic animals removed from Canada pet shop
CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick - Wildlife crews were preparing Thursday to remove more than a dozen animals from an exotic pet store in Canada, days after two boys were asphyxiated by an African rock python in an apartment upstairs.