Latest Alligator Stories

2008-07-05 15:00:11

By Deborah Wheeler, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jul. 5--Imagine coming to this area for the fi rst time and seeing the gorgeous white sand beaches in all their glory. Those who choose to stay longer than the honeymoon stage, however, have the opportunity to delve deeper into the area's uniqueness and discover yet another beauty of the region -- one that is not so well known. Along the 26 miles of coastline in Walton County lie 15 coastal dune lakes. These lakes are so rare and...

2008-06-22 12:00:03

CHICAGO (AP) -- First there was a wily coyote in Chicago's downtown. Then an ill-fated cougar on the North Side. Now authorities have captured an alligator in the Chicago River. An employee of a metal manufacturing company found the 5-foot- long reptile Friday in the river's South Branch. The alligator didn't try to attack anyone and was safely pulled from the river by a reptile expert, said Anne Kent, director of the city's Animal Care and Control Department. The alligator was probably...

2008-06-21 18:00:03

ANIMAL control officers were called to revive an alligator stuck in a drain pipe in Cookeville, Tennessee. Putnam County Officer Chris Brown said children heard a growling noise coming from the drain and found the two feet long gator which was handed over to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and later put down. (c) 2008 Evening Mail; Birmingham (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-06-21 15:00:02

By Mary Owen, Chicago Tribune Jun. 21--Terrible things have emerged over the years from Bubbly Creek, a spot in the Chicago River that was once a churning sewer for the city's slaughterhouses. But until Friday, nobody had seen what Bill Cox and his co-workers saw--something with a devilish underbite, sinister eyes and a cold-blooded appetite. An honest-to-goodness alligator in the Chicago River. "It just stayed submerged with its eyes popping out like in the documentaries," said...

2008-06-21 09:00:04

First there was a wily coyote in Chicago's downtown. Then an ill- fated cougar on the North Side. Now authorities have captured an alligator in the Chicago River. The 5-foot-long alligator didn't try to attack anyone and was safely pulled from the river by a reptile expert. (c) 2008 Rocky Mountain News. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2007-06-14 16:36:20

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Developers will no longer be allowed to bury gopher tortoises alive during construction under a moratorium approved Wednesday by state wildlife commissioners. Also Wednesday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioners voted to proceed with upgrading the manatee's status from endangered to threatened, meaning scientists believe the species has rebounded from the brink of extinction. The move will not be finalized until the commission's September meeting, at...

2006-08-08 17:32:01

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Twenty-one penguins were rescued on a hot east Texas highway on Tuesday after a truck carrying the wildlife to a temporary home south of Houston overturned, said a state trooper. Four penguins and some exotic fish were killed in the accident, including three penguins that were hit by passing motorists, said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Buchanan. "The rest of the penguins kind of stayed together in the ditch." The truck, also carrying an...

2006-05-17 16:25:00

By Jeffrey Jones GRAND CHENIER, Louisiana (Reuters) - It has been a tough nine months for Louisiana's alligators, what with two major hurricanes wreaking havoc on their swampy habitat, then scant rainfall to dilute the saltwater that gushed inland. But early indications are the population held up quite well after the storms that ravaged the Gulf Coast in August and September, causing more than $100 billion of damage. Hurricanes Rita and Katrina killed an unknown, but likely small, number of...

2006-05-15 09:30:00

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Florida wildlife officials on Monday hunted for alligators that may have killed two people over the weekend, possibly bringing to three the number of alligator-related deaths in the southern U.S. state in a single week. A woman's body with both arms missing was found in a lake north of St. Petersburg on Sunday morning, officials said. The Pinellas County Medical Examiner's office said an alligator played some part in the 43-year-old woman's death but the official...

2006-05-11 14:49:01

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - An alligator grabbed and killed a Florida woman who disappeared while jogging near a canal, a medical examiner determined on Thursday. Construction workers found the woman's dismembered body floating on Wednesday in a canal in Sunrise, a northwest suburb of Fort Lauderdale. An autopsy showed she died of bleeding and shock from alligator bites. "The alligator attacked her and basically amputated her arms, bit her on the leg and back and pulled her...

Latest Alligator Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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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