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2009-02-08 16:20:00

Ten men, one as old as 58, spent their weekend wrestling big alligators in Florida, organizers of the first major gator wrestling contest in decades said. The Seminole Okalee Indian Village Alligator Wrestling Competition was winding up Sunday at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood with the wrestlers chasing a top prize of $3,000. It was the first-ever contest in the Sunshine State open to non-Indians, The Miami Herald reported. The contestants either are, or once were, professional gator...

2009-02-06 14:15:50

Officials with Oklahoma's G.W. Exotic Animal Park said workers extracted a celebrity alligator from a backyard pool and brought him to the park. Joe Schreibvogel, director of the animal park, said friends and relatives of Richard Beamon called park workers to come take the 43-year-old alligator, named Albert, after Beamon died at age 69 Wednesday, The Oklahoman reported. Park workers said stories from Beamon's family indicate the alligator has appeared on both small and large screens, with...

2008-12-31 18:53:57

Australian wildlife officials said an American alligator found at a campsite in Pambula was likely a former pet. The National Parks and Wildlife Service said the 5-foot-long alligator, which was caught by vacationing snake handler Hans Rasker, was likely an exotic pet that either escaped or was released into the wild, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday. Senior ranger Robin Kesby said releasing exotic animals into the wild is illegal. The animal was taken into care by wires...

2008-12-11 14:31:06

It was apparently the chicken's day off as a 5-foot alligator was spotted crossing a downtown Orlando, Fla., road, witnesses said. Passersby said the reptile was first spotted motionless on the median of Primrose Drive near the city's downtown and began crossing the road as the crowd of onlookers grew, WFTV, Orlando, reported Thursday. Not something you expect to see in downtown Orlando for sure, one witness said. An off-duty police officer with alligator trapping experience was called to the...

2008-09-18 09:00:24

Florida alligators, declared an endangered species in 1967, were reopened for a limited public harvest in 1988. The harvest has been conducted annually since then under varying rules. In 2007, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued 4,528 permits by drawing, which resulted in the harvest of 5,954 animals. This year, 5,125 permits were issued. None is left. Each in-state permit holder must pay $270 for a license and two tags. For nonresidents, the fee is $1,000. Permit...

2008-09-15 03:00:00

By Anonymous Louisiana's wildlife is feeling the effects of Hurricane Gustav. Fish kills are occurring throughout south Louisiana, and upland animals lost trees that provided food and shelter and have been displaced by floodwaters, according to the Louisiana State University Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service. Mark Shirley, a fisheries agent for the LSU AgCenter, said fish kills are common after events the magnitude of Hurricane Gustav. Vegetative debris blown into water bodies...

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2008-08-29 21:00:00

The flooding that followed Tropical Storm Fay in Florida has driven animals from their homes, forcing humans to cope with alligators, snakes and fire ants. Jerry Flynn, who traps nuisance alligators, said he is getting twice the normal number of calls. "With waters coming up, it gives (the animals) more room to get in trouble," Flynn told the Orlando Sentinel, pointing to a truckload of dead alligators. "And we're the trouble stoppers." Henry Cabbage, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and...

2008-08-01 09:01:04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Doctors were unable to reattach an 11-year- old Louisiana boy's arm that was retrieved from the belly of the alligator, family friend Cory Dunn said Thursday. Doctors at Ochsner Hospital worked Wednesday night to reattach Devin Funck's left arm, which had been rushed to a hospital after its recovery about 3 1/2 hours after the attack. The enormous alligator, dubbed "Big Joe" by residents, attacked Funck while he was swimming in a small pond called Crystal Lake Wednesday....

2008-07-28 15:00:35

By Steve Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 28--Locals had delighted in tall tales about the Virgin River alligator for years, but earlier this month, wildlife crews finally bagged the notorious monster, in a nearby pond. The Division of Wildlife Resources caught a 3-foot-long American gator on July 1, after a family of fishers reported the unusual spectacle. "The kids saw it, and it took them a while to convince their parents," said Pam Wheeler, who had never handled a 'gator but...

2008-07-13 15:00:07

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State conservation officers seized more than 125 venomous snakes, arrested 10 people and cited one other Thursday after a nearly two-year undercover investigation of those who allegedly illegally possessed, imported and trafficked the deadly reptiles. Forty-four officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife confiscated the snakes and other reptiles, including an alligator, in the investigation, and are expected to issue more than 700 charges. Animals seized...


Latest Alligator Reference Libraries

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2007-03-19 15:25:21

The Northern Alligator Lizard, Elgaria coerulea, is a medium-sized lizard that lives in the North American west cost. It occurs along the Pacific Coast and in the Rocky Mountains from southern British Columbia through Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana south through Oregon until the coastal range and the Sierra Nevada in central California. These lizards can attain a length of about 10 inches long with nearly 4 inches of it being the snout. They have a distinct skin fold on...

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2007-01-23 14:54:33

The American Alligator, Alligator Mississippians, is one of two species of living Alligator. It is native to the southeastern United States, where it inhabits wetlands that frequently overlap with human populated areas. It is larger than the other living species, the Chinese Alligator. The American Alligator has a large, slightly rounded body, with thick limbs, broad head, and a very powerful tail. The tail, which accounts for half of the alligator's total length, is primarily used for...

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2007-01-23 14:47:34

The Chinese Alligator, Alligator sinensis, is one of two living species of Alligator. The Chinese Alligator is native to only China. This species' wild habitat has been reduced to little more than a few ponds along the lower Yangtze River system. Its population reduction has been mostly due to conversion of its habitat to agricultural use. The Chinese Alligator rarely exceeds 7 feet long, with 5 feet being a more common size. It weighs approximately 80 pounds. Their heads are...

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