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Mysterious 180M-year-old Jurassic-era crocodile identified

The identity of a massive prehistoric crocodile that lived 180 million years ago has finally been determined, nearly 250 years after its fossils were first discovered.

Known as Mystriosaurus laurillardi, the ancient reptile, which could reach nearly 15 feet in length, was first discovered in a Bavarian town in the 1770s. However, it was not properly identified until now because it was thought to be a member of a similar species, Steneosaurus bollensis.

“Mystriosaurus looked like a gharial but it had a shorter snout with its nasal opening facing forwards, whereas in nearly all other fossil and living crocodiles the nasal opening is placed on top of the snout,” the study’s lead author, Sven Sachs, said in a statement.

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The predator’s skull was found in a Bavarian town in the 1770s but experts have now discovered it was a Mystriosaurus laurillardi. (Credit: SWNS)

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The research has been published in the scientific journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

M. laurillardi flourished during the Jurassic period and resided in the warm seas of the Earth during that period, along with several other large marine reptiles, including ichthyosaurs, according to researchers.

In April 2018, the jawbone fossil of a 205-million-year-old ichthyosaur was discovered in southwestern England, making it “one of the largest animals to ever live” — nearly the size of a blue whale.

The scientists added that the discovery of the fossil, in Germany and the U.K., where another skull was found in Yorkshire in the 1800s, highlighted that it could swim between islands, similar to its modern-day relative, saltwater crocodiles.

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The now-extinct species, which lived in tropical waters during the Jurassic period, was more than 13 feet long. It had a long snout and pointed teeth and preyed on fish. (Credit: SWNS)

One of the study’s co-authors, Dr. Mark Young, of the University of Edinburgh, said that uncovering the history of reptiles like Mystriosaurus will better aid researchers in understanding how diverse crocodiles were during the Jurassic.

“Unravelling the complex history and anatomy of fossils like Mystriosaurus is necessary if we are to understand the diversification of crocodiles during the Jurassic,” Young added in the statement. “Their rapid increase in biodiversity between 200 and 180 million years ago is still poorly understood.”

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Terrapin turtle trafficker gets 6 months in prison — and he’ll have to shell out $250G

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced this week to six months in prison — and he’ll have to shell out $250,000 — for illegally trafficking thousands of threatened diamondback terrapin turtles, prosecutors said.

David Sommers, 64, of Levittown, poached the protected turtles and their eggs from New Jersey marshes, sold them online and illegally shipped them over the course of nearly six years, from November 2011 until October 2017, the Justice Department said Thursday.

A grand jury indicted him on July 10, 2018. On Feb. 4 he pleaded guilty to falsely labeling packages containing the protected critters.

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Turtle advocate Karen Testa feeds diamondback terrapins at her group’s rehabilitation center in Jamesport, N.Y. (AP)

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“The defendant had a simple business plan: Poach protected turtles and their eggs from their natural habitat, advertise them for sale online and then illegally ship them to customers by concealing the actual contents of the packages,” U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said. “Sommers represented himself as a legitimate reptile breeder when he was, in fact, endangering the lives of these animals and breaking the law.”

Diamondback terrapin turtles are native to the eastern and western U.S. and are known for their diamond-shaped shell markings. While coveted, their population is shrinking, and New Jersey banned the collection, transportation and possession of diamondback terrapins in 2016.

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The turtles are protected by New Jersey state law, as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which listed the species as threatened in 2013.

“Sommers used a sham business to shamelessly mask an illegal trade in threatened and protected species,” Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark said. “The Justice Department and our law enforcement partners will safeguard our nation’s natural resources and biodiversity and prosecute wildlife traffickers to the fullest extent of the law.”

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South Carolina woman, 68, bit by alligator while walking dog near pond

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A South Carolina woman was walking her dog Monday night when an alligator attacked her near her home, officials said.

The 68-year-old woman was outside her home in Hilton Head Island, roughly 25 yards away from a pond in the Sun City retirement community, around 10 p.m., according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

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Authorities caught the alligator, which was about 9 feet long, and euthanized it.

A spokesperson with the Bluffton Township Fire District, which responded to the scene, told WTOC the incident was not a “trend.”

“We surely look at those to see if there is a preventive message or effort that we can put forth to help folks avoid those scenarios. The unfortunate truth is they are wild animals, and wild indicates the fact that there is no trend, there is no way,” Cpt. Lee Levesque said.

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The alligator bit the woman on her leg and hand/wrist area, according to what she told authorities. She was transported to a hospital for medical treatment.

The sheriff’s office warns those in Beaufort County “to be mindful of alligators and to please be careful when walking near ponds and lagoons — especially at night when visibility is limited.”

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Hungry Pennsylvania snake rescued after swallowing ‘almost half’ of own body, video shows

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A snake in Pennsylvania was caught performing the circle of life — on itself.

Jesse Rothacker, of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Elm, said he walked in on a kingsnake at the facility after it had “swallowed almost half of his body” on Friday.

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Rothacker posted a video to the sanctuary’s Facebook page, saying that kingsnakes often prey on other snakes, including venomous copperheads and rattlesnakes. He explained that the reptile ended up in such dire straits after mistaking its bottom half for another snake.

“They will sometimes see their own tail, they’ll think it’s a snake, they’ll take a bite out of it, and they’ll realize they’ve bit themselves,” Rothacker said. “They don’t usually swallow themselves. But today, we’re going to see a kingsnake that, I don’t know, might not have done very well on the SATs.”

Rothacker first tried to get the snake to release itself by tapping it on its nose, which can make the serpents nervous and unhinge their jaws.

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When the kingsnake refused to let go, Rothacker was forced to use his fingernail to pry the fangs loose and pull the snake from its own mouth.

Rothacker said the snake was normally a very good eater, assuring viewers he regularly fed the reptile.

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The sanctuary later shared on Facebook that the kingsnake was chowing down on a real meal: “miceicles,” posting of photo of what appeared to be a frozen mouse clasped in the hungry serpent’s jaws.

Rothacker said the snake was being adopted Sunday.

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5-foot python slithers out of bathroom light fixture while children brushed teeth

Two Australian children were brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed Monday when they were confronted by a 5-foot long python in their bathroom.

The snake had slithered its way into their Brisbane, Queensland home, eventually finding its way through a missing lightbulb fixture in the bathroom ceiling.

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Snake catcher Bryce Lockett was called by the family to remove the reptile from their home, according to The Sun. He later released it into a local creek after taking some photographs for a keepsake.

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The youngsters spotted the five-foot serpent dangling from the ceiling at their home in Brisbane, Queensland, on Monday evening. (Bryce Lockett/Mercury Press)

“I’ve been catching snakes for about 7 years now, I’ve seen them all in various situations,” Lockett said.

“Carpet pythons are nocturnal and coldblooded, which is why this one must have slithered down to enjoy the heat of the lamp – they’re harmless but they don’t like to be disturbed.”

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Lockett said it was surprising that the snake managed to slip through the light fixture, adding that one-third of Australian residents have snakes hidden in their roofs.

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“People are generally quite terrified of them but I’ve owned snakes my whole life so I’m not too fazed.”

Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this report.

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Chicago spent almost $34G to catch alligator living in city park

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The alligator that became a national media sensation after it was spotted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon has proved to be an expensive pest.

The city of Chicago’s efforts to wrangle the alligator, dubbed “Chance the Snapper,” cost more than $33,600. Most of the costs arose from city workers putting up and removing barricades to keep people away from the lagoon in Humboldt Park after the male reptile was first spotted there last month.

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Florida trapper Frank Robb captured the nearly 5-foot long alligator on July 16. Officials say a $2,500 fee went to Robb. He also received $2,166 for travel and lodging.

After its capture, the gator was destined for a new home in Florida, and arrived at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park on July 18.

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Investigators aren’t sure how the alligator, who inspired several social media accounts, ended up in the Chicago lagoon.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Snake on arm makes for rude awakening for hotel guest in Tennessee

A Tennessee woman who stayed at a hotel in the state reportedly woke up Friday morning with a snake on her arm.

“I felt something across my arm this morning,” Melinda Major told FOX 13 Memphis. “I looked over and it was a snake. It was laid out across my arm.”

Major said she quickly shook the garden snake off.

“It landed back on the bed,” she said, “and I jumped up on the desk and called the front office for them to come.”

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The staff at the Hampton Inn Memphis-Walnut Grove/Baptist Hospital East removed the snake immediately and alerted pest control, the hotel’s manager told FOX 13.

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“The safety and security of our guests is at our upmost priority at all times,” the hotel said in a statement.

Major said the hotel comped her room and she would consider staying there again.

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“So they took care of me. They were very nice to me,” Major told FOX 13.

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Snake on arm makes for rude awakening for hotel guest in Tennessee

A Tennessee woman who stayed at a hotel in the state reportedly woke up Friday morning with a snake on her arm.

“I felt something across my arm this morning,” Melinda Major told FOX 13 Memphis. “I looked over and it was a snake. It was laid out across my arm.”

Major said she quickly shook the garden snake off.

“It landed back on the bed,” she said, “and I jumped up on the desk and called the front office for them to come.”

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The staff at the Hampton Inn Memphis-Walnut Grove/Baptist Hospital East removed the snake immediately and alerted pest control, the hotel’s manager told FOX 13.

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“The safety and security of our guests is at our upmost priority at all times,” the hotel said in a statement.

Major said the hotel comped her room and she would consider staying there again.

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“So they took care of me. They were very nice to me,” Major told FOX 13.

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Nuclear crocodiles? Florida power plant helps protect reptiles once nearly extinct

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South Florida’s big nuclear power plant, Turkey Point, provides electricity for a million customers.

Yet it’s the plant’s other customers that are getting special attention right now – they are just hatching out of their shells.

Baby American crocodiles, once on the brink of extinction, are crawling back and thriving at, of all places, the nuclear power plant operated by Florida Power & Light.

“Total length…25.7,” said Mike Lloret, wildlife biologist, crocodile specialist and member of FPL’s “Croc Team,” as he measured a 4-day-old hatchling. 

“They’re NOT radioactive,” he added, which is a question he gets asked all the time.

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During the hatching season, which happens in July and August, the team hops on airboats, cruising up and down Turkey Point’s 168 miles of cooling canals, looking for crocodile nests. This month, they found 27 nests and rescued 300 little crocodiles, which are awfully cute – at least for the moment.

In the lab, they’re measured and weighed and receive a microchip inserted in their tails. They will be tracked for their entire lives.

American crocodiles only live in South Florida. Back in the 1970s, there were only about 500, and the species was listed as “endangered.” Since then, they’ve rebounded, crawling up to the better listing of “threatened,” with an estimated 2,000 roaming Turkey Point, Crocodile Lake and Everglades National Park.

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About 25 percent of the crocs call the nuclear power plant, which is also a crocodile sanctuary, home.

Biologist Lloret lives and breathes crocodiles and finds FPL’s program incredibly fulfilling.

“It’s basically just seeing the fruits of your labor, you know,” he said. “You go throughout the whole year waiting for this moment, waiting for those babies to hatch, collecting those babies and then releasing them back, which is just the ultimate satisfaction.”

The crocodiles thrive at this unlikely nuclear location because of the canals, the berms between them and the very minimal human encounters, since it is a high-security facility.

Once the hatchlings emerge into the world, the croc team then rescues them, takes them back to the lab and then returns them to the wild.

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“As soon as they hit the water, they know exactly what to do,” said Lloret.  From there, the little crocs are ready for the world.

Each of the nests contain 30 to 50 eggs but most of the hatchlings won’t survive, due to predation by birds, fish and even other crocodiles.

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Rescued turtle manages to return to the group that saved the animal nearly 2 decades ago

It could be described as fate, luck or good timing when a woman found a small turtle crossing the street in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and brought it to the nearby Wetlands Institute to keep it safe from the busy streets.

The female turtle had been rescued by that very same institute as an egg, and the woman happened to return it on July 12, almost 19 years to the day from when the group had released the animal back into the wild, officials said.

The group initially released the terrapin in 2000 and hadn’t seen the animal since, according to a post by the Wetlands Institute Facebook page this past Monday.

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A turtle rescued by a conservation group as an egg was miraculously returned to the same New Jersey wetlands group that had released the animal nearly 19 years ago. (iStock, File)

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The animal was a “head-starter,” which the institute described as a turtle usually hatched from eggs recovered from a mother struck by a vehicle on its way to lay eggs.

In the 19 years after its initial release, the terrapin had more than doubled in size and showed the scars of past injuries that may have been caused by boat propellers. One member of the institute said he was still perplexed by how it ended up on the road.

“When she was found, there was no obvious access to the marsh on either side of the road,” Devin Griffiths, a marketing and communications specialist with the institute, told NJ.com. “So we’re not sure why she was there. She was in a really odd place.”

Researchers were able to identify the turtle by a Passive Integrated Transponder tag the institute would place under the skin of rescued turtles after they’re incubated and kept for a year. The tags had data showing the animals’ age and other identifiable information. The tag showed July 13, 2000, which could have been the date it was tagged or released into the wild.

Many terrapins in the wild don’t make it. Griffiths told NJ.com that drivers should be cautious when traveling near the marshes in Stone Harbor, southwest of Atlantic City.

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“Things can happen very, very quickly,” he told the outlet. “When you’re driving through marsh on both sides, slow down and keep your eyes open.”

The institute had some fun with its “very special visitor” before releasing it safely back into the marsh.

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“For all the terrapins who don’t make it, this beautiful girl represents hope,” the institute wrote on its Facebook page. “Her journey is a testament to the value of the critical conservation work we do and the role we all play in ensuring a future for these incredible creatures.”

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