A Florida panther kitten has only been alive for one month but has already had quite an eventful life. The kitten was found in late January in Collier County while biologists were conduction field research. The one-pound kitten was found curled into a ball and suffering from dehydration and low bo ... More >>
You know you're in trouble when your only defender is a company named "Bigglesworth." Welcome to the sordid existence of South Florida's most hated species: the Burmese python. This creature is so hated that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last year assembled a ragtag crew of ... More >>
"This is absolutely bizarre, I can't imagine somebody wanting to barter a live four-foot alligator for a 12 pack of beer, it makes no sense to me," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told NBC Miami. Well, this is Florida. It only makes sense when it doesn't make ... More >>
While Burmese pythons have gotten all the attention, the Everglades now faces a threat from another foreign reptile menace: Argentine tegu lizards. When scientists first detected their presence in the swamp back in 2008, they thought they had a good chance to eradicate them, but it's too late now. M ... More >>
If you look hard enough you'll be able to find just about anything for sale on Miami's black market, apparently, including monkeys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced today that they've cracked down on an illegal business that was breeding and selling monkeys, and seiz ... More >>
Thirty weekend revelers and a dog were pulled from the waters off of Miami yesterday after a catamaran they were on began taking on water and capsized. Luckily there were no reports of death or serious injuries, but the rescue effort was intense and the unlicensed captain could be facing charges.
A sleepy beach in the Florida Keys had more cocaine on in this weekend then your average South Beach nightclub. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer found twenty pounds of the white stuff sitting on the shores of Long Key State Park on Friday.
The 2012-2013 stone crab season closes tomorrow, May 16, with the last day of harvest today. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, traps must be removed from the water within five days. All restaurateurs and stores must obtain their stone crabs by May 16. It's been a ... More >>
Experts around the country have raised all kinds of concerns about Florida's mass orgy of python killing set for this weekend. Would-be snake hunters only have to read a couple of PDFs to qualify, leaving them in grave danger of death by dehydration, snake bite, swamp rot and god knows what other Ev ... More >>
Does slogging around a foreboding, swampy wilderness searching for man-hungry pythons that can grow longer than a city block sound like your idea of a fun weekend? For hundreds of people from around the country, the answer is a resounding yes.More than 400 souls who have apparently never seen cinema ... More >>
Invasive pythons continue to reek havoc through out Florida's swampy ecosystems, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a novel way to help control the population: a hunting contest. Yes, the FWC is offering prize money for the most pythons bagged overal ... More >>
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has decided to be a party pooper. They've pulled the plug on those "alligators swimming with kids" pool parties that so captivated us, hence killing an important part of Florida culture and tradition that never got a chance to properly flourish.
Sup, bro? You totally into that crazy SUPing? You know, that stand-up paddleboarding? Well, the Conservation Commission Marine Patrol is about to cramp your style and issue a ticket if you decide to SUP in certain areas without a life jacket.
Florida Agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam went on television this past weekend to warn that the giant African land snail can carry meningitis. If you eat it, that is. Who in hell would consider eating a slimy snail the size of a Chihuahua? Plenty of people, it turns out.The snail grows up to e ... More >>
Bears, we will let you get away with a lot. You can paw through our trash. You can sneak into our yards. But when you come into our houses and steal our delicious, frosted, high fat birthday cakes you've simply crossed a line, and it means only one thing: death.
The celluloid tails of giant sharks jumping on to boats and devouring everything in sight may be works of fiction from movies like Jaws. But occasionally a giant underseas dweller making their presence known above the water line happens. This weekend in the Florida Keys, just off Islamorada, a wo ... More >>
Riptide recently moved, and as with every move came a long hard look at our possessions: what were we taking with, what was being donated somewhere, and what was to be shown the dumpster. Of course, as we understand is normal, we stressed over what to do with our vast private collection of exotic ... More >>
via CBS4An accident straight out of a Michael Bay movie has temporarily shut down a portion of Krome Avenue in both directions. At least three motorcycles collided with a tractor trailer. Luckily, a nearby helicopter landed near the scene, and a man jumped out of the chopper to administer CPR to ... More >>
Horrific boating accident at Blackpoint Marina on June 3A 12-year old boy was still in critical condition Thursday night after a horrific boating accident at Black Point Marina in South Miami-Dade County nearly cost him his arm. Channel 10 identified the boy as Parker Brannon and said he wa ... More >>
Bethany Berg Via Flicker CCThe ad on Craigslist Miami shows a photo of two large black snakes slithering on white carpet. "Ball Pythons for Cheap," the headline reads. "They are very tame and eat one mouse a week." Scroll down a bit and find a "dwarf pastel Colombian redtail boa" for $160. A bit f ... More >>
Adrian Acosta Gonzalez Via the Miami-Dade Police DepartmentNot far from Miami International Airport, there's a little pink house where one man lives with 24 pigeons. Adrian Acosta-Gonzalez is a 37-year-old, Cuban-born landscaper with bronze skin and good bone structure. He slides open a bi ... More >>
As God as our witness, Florida will not rest until we put a bullet between the eyes of every alien python, anaconda, and monitor lizard in this state. They have taken our pets, they have taken our Everglades, they have taken our alligators, they have even taken our children, and this means war.The F ... More >>
Esox Lucius via Flicker CCOk, so you're cruising north on the Florida Turnpike. The cops pull you over and you're freaking out, man, because you're holding some seriously illicit shit: A cooler full of 232 lobster tails -- 167 of which are undersized. Undersized! Alberto Varea, age 54, of Hialeah ... More >>
toshio via flickr ccMary, a straight-talking senior citizen, is the kind of woman who would jump in front of a car to save a family of ducklings. So you can imagine the sense of horror when -- lying in bed one night -- she heard the sound of a mother duck in pain. She snuck outside to investigate ... More >>
scuba diver via flicker ccShhhhhhhh. Listen to that. It's the sound of hundreds of feisty, cow-size fish making sweet, sweet love. Early October is the height of spawning season for goliath grouper, which means the rare floating horndogs are getting busy in Miami waters as we speak. In early fall ... More >>
Last week, I wrote about a coalition of scientists trying to stop the next dangerous exotic invader from taking over the Everglades. via Wikimedia CommonsAt this point, it's probably just best to run and scream.Dennis Giardina, a botanist who co-chairs the group, took me on a hunt for nile monito ... More >>
via Florida Fish & Wildlife Here's the giant snake that's on the front page of every local news website, so why not ours too? Slow news day. As part of the insane/awesome new government initiative to kill every Burmese python in the wild, this 17-footer was caught yesterda ... More >>
In certain times and places in U.S. history, the answer to every political problem was probably "Let's get a bunch of guys with guns together and solve this." Nowadays, this idea seems to be seriously considered only in matters of Middle East diplomacy, but Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is suggesting a ... More >>
Saving the Glades could mean screwing these guys.
Listen up, foreign billionaires who enjoy pimping out your pleasure yachts with the finest in endangered African animal skins: You might want to keep that luxury boat away from Florida.You won't find Acosta's pad decorated like this, apparently.Surrounded by stuffed lions, mounted, roaring tiger hea ... More >>
Boat owners drowning in the economy are sinking their ships by the dozens. We're all paying the price.
Words such as "Public Health Emergency" and "Global Pandemic" can awaken the dormant hypochondriac in the best of us. So when newspapers started using scary words to describe the swine flu yesterday, it occurred to Riptide that Florida has the second biggest wild hog population in the country. And t ... More >>
The rusted prow of a 35-foot boat juts out of the water's edge in Maul Lake, a placid pool just a stone's throw from US-1 and 163rd Street. Its cabin windows are shattered, its hull is tangled with reeds and its roof is streaked with lime green spray paint.via Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ... More >>
"Let him foolishly make money off of these animals, and we'll mop up the mess when something tragic finally happens."
crocodile magnet via Great Russian GiftsThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a interesting plan to keep Crocodiles out of the waters behind residential communities. They'll be taping magnets to their head. By attaching magnets to each side of their heads some resear ... More >>
A lost art or a horrible slaughter? It's all in the eye of the hunter.
"Somebody stomping on a fish — it doesn't make sense how she would perceive that as abusive"
Frog Pond Wildlife Management Area
No tips for the weary; swan-eating croc irks park
Loving moments at the World Series
When clueless tourist meets shameless skipper, it's a good bet there'll be blood on the docks
From the issue of August 23, 2001
An eight-year-old's severed arm and a broker's chewed-off leg aren't enough to convince Florida to ban interactive diving
Big dead cats in the middle of the road -- lots of them