Tag: Florida

Florida’s Sunken Gardens Alligator Snapping Turtle, Mac, Passes Away

Florida’s Sunken Gardens Alligator Snapping Turtle, Mac, Passes Away

Mac, the popular alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) that has greeted visitors for more than 50 years at the Sunken Gardens in St. Pete [...]
Lizard King Michael Van Nostrand Charged With Illegally Trafficking Wildlife

Lizard King Michael Van Nostrand Charged With Illegally Trafficking Wildlife

Michael Van Nostrand, the man known as the “Lizard King” and who was sentenced to eight months in prison back in 1998 for smuggling protected wildlife [...]
2021 Florida Python Challenge Nets 223 Snakes

2021 Florida Python Challenge Nets 223 Snakes

The 2021 Florida Python Challenge saw hunters remove 223 of the invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) from south Florida during the 10- [...]
Researchers Record First Instance of So-Called Penis Snake In Florida

Researchers Record First Instance of So-Called Penis Snake In Florida

The name is certainly peculiar, but the so-called penis snake is actually a caecilian and it was recorded living in Florida’s Miami-Date County in Oct [...]
Florida Man Buys Land To Help Save Local Gopher Tortoise Population

Florida Man Buys Land To Help Save Local Gopher Tortoise Population

A man on Marco Island in Florida has acquired a vacant plot of land next to his home to ensure that the gopher tortoises that live on the plot are ens [...]
12 Eastern Indigo Snakes Released In Northern Florida

12 Eastern Indigo Snakes Released In Northern Florida

The Nature Conservancy announced today that it has released 12 Eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi) in northern Florida's Apalachicola Bluffs an [...]
Florida Offers Free Microchipping for Banned Reptile Pets

Florida Offers Free Microchipping for Banned Reptile Pets

Florida's non-native reptile pet rules go into effect April 29, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a series of [...]
Tortoise Stolen From Florida’s Riverland Nursery

Tortoise Stolen From Florida’s Riverland Nursery

Someone stole Calypso, a yellow-footed tortoise (Geochelone denticulata) from the Riverland Nursery in Fort Myers, Florida, and the folks at the nurse [...]
Milksnake Captured In Florida Everglades

Milksnake Captured In Florida Everglades

A Central American milksnake (Lampropeltis abnorma) was spotted in the Everglades National Park the week of February 25 and was safely captured by USG [...]
Florida FWC Votes To Ban Commercial Breeding And Keeping Of Pythons, Tegus, Other Reptiles

Florida FWC Votes To Ban Commercial Breeding And Keeping Of Pythons, Tegus, Other Reptiles

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted today to ban the commercial breeding and keeping of several invasive species of reptiles i [...]
Florida Reptile Breeder Keeps License After State Tried To Eliminate It

Florida Reptile Breeder Keeps License After State Tried To Eliminate It

Taesoon Ty Park, a well known Florida reptile breeder whose license was not renewed after two monitor lizards apparently escaped and injured two dogs, [...]
Cousins Capture 16-foot Burmese Python 3 Hours North Of Everglades National Park

Cousins Capture 16-foot Burmese Python 3 Hours North Of Everglades National Park

A 16-foot Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) was apparently sunning itself on private property when Aaron Brown and his mother spotted the rep [...]
Florida FWC’s Python Dogs Bag First Invasive Burmese Python

Florida FWC’s Python Dogs Bag First Invasive Burmese Python

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that its latest efforts to “sniff” out Burmese pythons on public lands in south Florid [...]
Introduced Peter’s Rock Agama Most Well Established Agamid Species In Florida

Introduced Peter’s Rock Agama Most Well Established Agamid Species In Florida

The Peter’s rock agama (Agama picticauda), which was first introduced to the state of Florida in 1976 is the latest introduced species that the Sunshi [...]
Wild Florida’s Snake Exhibit Destroyed By Fire

Wild Florida’s Snake Exhibit Destroyed By Fire

Wild Florida, an Orlando, FL area safari park, announced on Facebook that an electrical fire destroyed the safari park’s snake exhibit, killing all th [...]
Invasive Lizards Adapting To Florida’s Cold Weather

Invasive Lizards Adapting To Florida’s Cold Weather

  When extreme cold snaps hit south Florida in the winter, the sight of cold-stunned lizards is a common occurrence. Every year the temperatur [...]
Florida Law That Restricted Certain Reptiles Ruled Unconstitutional

Florida Law That Restricted Certain Reptiles Ruled Unconstitutional

A Florida law signed June 29 by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that placed restrictions on the possession, breeding and sale of non-native tegu lizards (Sa [...]
Florida Python Hunters Break Record For Largest Python Captured

Florida Python Hunters Break Record For Largest Python Captured

Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis last week captured the largest Burmese python (Python bivittatus) ever taken from the Everglades. The reptile measured [...]
USFWS Must Reconsider Endangered Species Act Protections For The Florida Keys Mole Skink

USFWS Must Reconsider Endangered Species Act Protections For The Florida Keys Mole Skink

In 2017, the Trump Administration denied Endangered Species Act protections for the Florida Keys mole skink, (Plestiodon e. gregius), a coastal subspe [...]
Florida FWC Traps 100-Pound Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle

Florida FWC Traps 100-Pound Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle

Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute were checking traps last week that were set for the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle [...]
Florida Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Nesting Turtles And Turtle Nests

Florida Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Nesting Turtles And Turtle Nests

If you live in the state of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants you to know that it is turtle nesting season. The FWC [...]
5,000 Burmese Pythons Removed From Everglades

5,000 Burmese Pythons Removed From Everglades

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in conjunction with the South Florida Water Management District announced that 5,000 invasive B [...]
USARK Challenges Florida’s New Law On Reptile Keeping Restrictions

USARK Challenges Florida’s New Law On Reptile Keeping Restrictions

The United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) is challenging a new law signed last month by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that places restricti [...]
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