- Copperheads appear on rise as kingsnakes decline Updated: Mar-07-14 7:10 am
- Warm weather brings early alligator activity Updated: Mar-05-14 3:12 am
- Oregon updating prohibited species list Updated: Mar-04-14 10:19 am
- Group wants rules for alligator farms in SC Updated: Mar-04-14 9:31 am
- Sea turtle nesting season begins in Florida Updated: Mar-04-14 3:05 am
- Correction: Snake Handling story Updated: Mar-03-14 5:22 pm
- Fishermen want higher NC fees to keep gill netting Updated: Mar-02-14 3:14 pm
- NOAA reports fewer turtles are stranded in 2013 Updated: Feb-26-14 5:04 am
- US government dismisses reptile keepers' claims Updated: Feb-25-14 2:14 pm
- Hundreds of cold-stunned turtles saved in Texas Updated: Feb-25-14 12:31 pm
- Agreement protects woods, rattlesnake habitat Updated: Feb-24-14 8:26 am
- Exotic tegu lizards breeding in Tampa Bay area Updated: Feb-24-14 7:04 am
- Car pulling trailer of alligators crashes in Mo. Updated: Feb-24-14 5:09 am
- Galapagos tortoise on way to new Ky. exhibit Updated: Feb-22-14 5:34 pm
- Replica of giant snake slithers into Lincoln Updated: Feb-22-14 11:52 am
- Alligator hunting proposed at Vernon Lake Updated: Feb-22-14 11:13 am
- Groups to feds: Speed up sea turtle analysis Updated: Feb-20-14 8:14 pm
- 2 solar projects approved in California, Nevada Updated: Feb-19-14 3:49 pm
- Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite Updated: Feb-16-14 12:25 pm
- Sea turtles released after rehab in Keys Updated: Feb-15-14 3:04 am
- Albino alligators make snappy, happy home in Paris Updated: Feb-13-14 2:04 pm
- 2 Komodo dragons to go on exhibit in Galveston Updated: Feb-13-14 1:40 pm
- Huge thermal plant opens as solar industry grows Updated: Feb-13-14 8:00 am
- W.Va. House considers Wild Animals Act Updated: Feb-12-14 12:43 pm
- A year adrift on the Pacific? A medical Q and A Updated: Feb-06-14 1:46 pm
SAVANNAH, Georgia - As kingsnakes decline in localized areas of the Southeast, the abundance of one of their common meals - the venomous copperhead - seems to be increasing.
NAPLES, Florida - Wildlife experts say unseasonably warm temperatures in recent weeks have brought an early surge of alligator activity.
MEDFORD, Oregon - Marbled tree frogs and Asian glass lizards would be welcomed in Oregon but two subspecies of river otters wouldn't be allowed under rules that protect native wildlife.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Wildlife Federation wants tighter rules for proposed alligator farms in South Carolina.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - State wildlife officials are hoping for another good sea turtle nesting season.
In a story Feb. 26 about a snake-handling preacher who recently died from a bite, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of deaths each year from snake bites in the United States. Around 5 people die each year from snake bites, not 5 percent of the estimated 7,000 to 8,000 people who receive bites.
JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina - Commercial fishermen want to raise the cost of their licenses so that North Carolina can fund enough turtle-protecting observers to let boat captains keep their nets in the water.
GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says fewer sea turtles were stranded in the North Atlantic due to the cold this winter compared to a spike in strandings last year.
MIAMI - The U.S. government has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a nationwide ban on four giant snake species.
GALVESTON, Texas - Hundreds of cold-stunned green sea turtles have survived after being rescued from Texas bays and estuaries during wintry weather since late November.
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Michigan - A 54-acre tract of wooded land in Washtenaw County that's important to the River Raisin watershed and is a rattlesnake habitat is being protected from development.
RIVERVIEW, Florida - The Tampa Bay area seems to be a fertile breeding ground for an exotic lizard that wildlife officials want to keep from becoming the state's next invasive species problem.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri - A car pulling a trailer full of alligators crashes in Cape Girardeau but apparently the reptiles never posed a threat to anyone.
NEWPORT, Kentucky - A 600-pound, 84-year-old Galapagos tortoise is making his way to northern Kentucky to star in a new exhibit opening next month.
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Titanoboa, the world's biggest snake, lived near the equator about 60 million years ago.
LEESVILLE, Louisiana - The Vernon Parish Police Jury wants the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to add Vernon Lake to its list of alligator harvesting locations.
NEW ORLEANS - Four conservation groups say they'll sue the National Marine Fisheries Service because it's taking too long to analyze shrimping's effects on threatened and endangered sea turtles.
LOS ANGELES - Federal officials announced the approval of two solar energy plants on public lands in California and Nevada, angering environmentalists who say the facilities will endanger desert tortoises.
MIDDLESBORO, Kentucky - A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake.
ISLAMORADA, Florida - A male and female loggerhead sea turtle, rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, have been released off the island chain.
PARIS - Two incredibly rare albino alligators have arrived at their new French home - a Paris aquarium - after being bought from a reptile collector in Florida.
GALVESTON, Texas - Large lizards alert.
PRIMM, Nevada - A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the West.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The West Virginia House Natural Resource Committee has approved a bill prohibiting ownership of dangerous wild animals after ensuring it allows for snake handling religions.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The story of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived more than a year adrift on the Pacific Ocean raises many medical questions. The Associated Press spoke with Claude Piantadosi, a professor of medicine at Duke University and author of the book "The Biology of Human Survival," to find out what is physically possible and for his view on the tale of Jose Salvador Alvarenga. This is an edited version of the interview: