Bad news for lovers of giant snakes, killing babies, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson: Burmese pythons have been banned in Florida. On Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission signed new rules that prohibit anyone from owning Burmese pythons and, actually, any other "reptiles of concern" as p ... 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 >>
The idea of the government asking people to take there hunting equipment out into the Everglades and swamps of Florida to end the lives of "reptiles of concern like" may not have been the most humane thing, but boy were we excited. We mean, these snakes could kills us and our young children and our ... More >>
toon by Alex IzaguirreWe hate to have to tell you this, but if six restaurants have been shut down for rats and roaches so far this month. How many do you think are getting away with it?How many plastic-smiling waitresses have you tipped while they knowingly handed you food that had been in a kit ... More >>
via South Florida Water Management District/Sun-SentinelThe great snake scourge of the Everglades continues to thrive despite the recent cold snap and Sen. Bill Nelson's giant snake killing parties.During a recent sweep, state officials found five African rock pythons, including a 14-foot-female ... More >>
The news for Florida manatees started off strong last year, as wildlife officials announced that their survey found a record number of manatees in our waters. In fact, they had found 500 more than ever before, but 2009 ended on a sour note when 429 manatees were estimated to have died. Much like ano ... More >>
An emergency order disposition to a routine food inspection at a restaurant means "conditions have been found that endanger the health and safety of the public requiring immediate closure of the establishment. "Here are three restaurants whose facilities were temporarily closed by health inspecto ... 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 >>
It's too late to stop the pythons. The real question is, what's next?
It's not the usual edgy stuff, but this Miami Science Museum show has some bite.
The film expertly exposes the horrific treatment of dolphins, but what about the uglies?
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 >>
This story doesn't really have a local hook per se, but I know you all love sharks, and I know you all love cocaine. So what if somehow, some way, sharks and cocaine came together in one slightly amusing but ultimately troublesome incident? Well, thanks to the ingenuity of Mexican drug lords, t ... More >>
Jamba Juice and Caribbean Conservation CorporationSlirp for a good causeIt's a win win, folks. Show up to Jamba Juice today, purchase a smoothie or other healthful snack, and the company will donate 20 percent of the sale to help ensure the survival of sea turtles. It's all in cooperatio ... More >>
A Miami guy stars in a Sundance film and is sued by angry Dominican dolphin geeks.
Big time animal lover Anthony Marasia lives in Hawaii, but he's got beef with Miami. The 35-year old, media savy former zookeeper launched a national campaign Thursday to free Seaquarium's Lolita the killer whale. The plan: broadcast footage of the captive orca in her kiddie pool of a tank on public ... More >>
Bit on the set of a Rick Ross video, animal handler Mark McCarthy now squares off against activists.
Researchers may never be able to prove that manatees are objectively the most adorable thing ever (even though they clearly are), but they are able to report that the state-wide manatee population is on the rise. Back in 2001, researchers counted 3,300 manatees. There were only 1,706 in a 1997 surve ... More >>
Animal rights activist Jim Dunn is willing to bet that, if Old Saint Nick could materialize in Miami-Dade, the man in red would paint a huge protest sign and then boycott Santa's Enchanted Forrest. How come? Well, the "country's biggest Christmas theme park" may offer the kiddies lights and trees g ... More >>
April, the oldest dolphin at the Miami Seaquarium, and a resident of the park since 1970, died Tuesday morning. April was an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin in her early forties. She had three offspring, Noel, Sky and Croix and four grandchildren, Denise, Aries, Rioux and Balboa. A necropsy will be pe ... More >>
The tide may be turning: Wal-Mart has recently announced that it will offer customers reusable bags made from recyclable materials. And, want more evidence that plastic is bad for marine mammals? Just ask Pamela Sweeney of the Marine Animal Rescue Society here in Miami. She missed the deadline for ... More >>
Florida's alligators are notorious for their predilection for human flesh, and even Miami's golf courses have become fabled crime scenes. But in the small Central African nation of Burundi, one Crocodile by the name of Gustave, has been responsible for two hundred deaths alone. And in Burundi's capi ... More >>
Miami's feline fringe is a vanishing breed
It stops sharks and sunburn. Hell, it costs less than $10 per bottle.
Sometimes this town can make you feel like a garden snake trapped in a viper pit. Life can be frustrating and hard and dangerous. It is times like these that you need to go have a fucking milk shake… and look at some fucking monkeys. Head out to Florida City and keep driving until there’s n ... More >>
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