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January 29, 1998 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Tom Steele had no idea that his next-door neighbor's hobby was collecting snakes until the police and an animal warden pulled up outside the house on West Forestview Road yesterday. The menagerie of pets belonging to the 34-year-old neighbor, whom police declined to identify, included two six-foot rattlesnakes and two Burmese pythons, one about 16 feet long and 140 pounds, and another that is a year old and about 10 feet long and 70 pounds, police and others said. The animal warden also removed an iguana, a corn snake and a three-foot-long Savannah monitor lizard.
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March 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
G. Leonard Knapp, 78, of Sellersville, an elementary teacher and respected herpetologist - who saw snakes as a force in nature - died of a cerebral hemorrhage Monday, March 17, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Knapp taught school in the Pennridge district for 34 years, first at Hilltown Elementary School in 1962, and then at Sellersville Elementary School from 1966 until he retired in 1996. He also owned and operated Reptilrama, a road show of his own animals that he took to area fairs, festivals, birthday parties, and schools.
NEWS
December 3, 2001 | By Faye Flam INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The world's smallest reptile - a gecko that can fit on the surface of a dime - has been discovered on the forest floor on a Caribbean island. Biologist Blair Hedges, of Pennsylvania State University, said the tiny creature illustrates the still undiscovered diversity of life that may lurk in the Caribbean, an ecologically fragile area that has lost 90 percent of its forest cover. "You never know what you're going to find in the West Indies," said Hedges, whose many trips to the area have yielded dozens of new species.
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May 12, 1990 | By Michael L. Rozansky, Inquirer Staff Writer
It takes a rare man to appreciate a skink. George J. Whitfield Sr. owns a pair of them. Sitting in his wheelchair the other day, Whitfield held one in each hand: a foot-long reptile with a delta- shaped head, beige-and-tan bands and stubby little legs. The skinks silently flickered their blue tongues. "I've had dogs and cats," he said. "I enjoy the reptiles. " Enjoy is an understatement. In the basement storage room beneath his North Hills apartment in Abington, Whitfield has surrounded himself with slithering creatures.
NEWS
November 1, 1999 | By Carrie Budoff, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Among the 40 survivors of a devastating fire at the Ocean City Aquarium: an 18-foot python named Elvis, three boa constrictors, and a green moray eel. Those were the lucky ones. The three-alarm blaze that ripped through the pink stucco building late Saturday killed more than 60 reptiles and 100 fish. The 12 iguanas did not make it; neither did sharks, water dragons, geckos and hedgehogs. Even most of the cages and tanks were destroyed. "What really hurts is that we lost so many animals," said Steven Seeburg, 38, an aquarium co-owner.
NEWS
November 1, 1994 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Ever hear the one about Flute the horny horn frog, who every morning at 2 o'clock during mating season would make this whistling sound ("like a kid's sliding flute") hoping to attract a honey? Or about Igor the irrepressible iguana, who escaped from its cage, knocked out the screen in the kitchen window and went squiggling down the alley in search of a partner? Lisa Bryant has. Knows why they did it, too. It's called nature. "You don't just invite them into your house and expect them to stop this mess," explained Bryant.
NEWS
March 2, 2008 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charles McDowell, 11, shot up his hand yesterday when the educator at the Academy of Natural Sciences asked for the names of some cold-blooded animals that have scales and might be reptiles. "Alligators and crocodiles," said Charles, a fifth grader at St. Francis De Sales Catholic school in West Philadelphia. "Alligators and crocodiles are definitely reptiles," museum educator Timshel Purdum, the school programs manager, agreed with a nod. It was all part of a lesson on amphibians and reptiles offered to low-income city families who receive financial aid from the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia to help send their children to nonpublic elementary schools.
NEWS
June 14, 2010
A hundred million years ago, the seas were filled with swimming reptiles - some of them 70 feet long. A new study of their teeth suggests these exotic giants kept a constant body temperature - a step toward the kind of warm-bloodedness that keeps us at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside an animal is reflected in the ratio of two forms of oxygen - the far more common oxygen-16 and the slightly heavier oxygen-18 (which has two extra neutrons). The colder the temperature, the fewer atoms of oxygen-18 get incorporated into the teeth of fish.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Leaping lizards! We all know that Johnny Depp is a chameleon. He plays one, or more precisely, voices him, in Rango . This off-center animation from Gore Verbinski (Depp's director in the Pirates of the Caribbean series) opens with a quartet of owls in mariachi garb singing the legend of the lizard. They pop up at regular intervals to musically comment on the chameleon's exploits in the Southwest, where the land is bone dry and the wit even more so. Rango is best enjoyed by those over 10 who have an idea of what "existential" means and can appreciate a surreal mashup of Chinatown , Gladiator , High Noon , and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly . You know those animated films that have bits that the parents will enjoy?
NEWS
November 18, 2002 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Picking out the novices at the North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show yesterday was easy. They were the ones who asked, innocently, what the live baby mice were for. Not everyone liked the answer (the squirming mammals were breakfast for the snakes), but veteran reptile enthusiasts were happy so many visitors were asking - it meant the King of Prussia convention hall was full of newcomers. Organizers expected about 4,000 people, amateurs and experts alike, to roam the aisles of the weekend event to check out the lizards, turtles and snakes.
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July 30, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, STAFF WRITER
This week down the Shore, fun activities abound: Ride a tall ship and meet some reptiles, or watch queens, human and crustacean, get crowned. ATLANTIC CITY| THURS. through AUG. 11:  Ahoy! New Jersey's official tall ship, the A.J. Meerwald, sails into Atlantic City's Historic Gardner's Basin (800 N. New Hampshire Ave.) from Thurs., Aug. 4, through Thurs., Aug. 11. The vessel, a restored oyster dredging schooner, was launched in 1928 and was among hundreds of similar ships built along South Jersey's bay shore prior to the Great Depression.
NEWS
December 24, 2015
BUCKS COUNTY New 4-H reptile club wants members PLUMSTEADVILLE Know someone between 8 and 18 who likes snakes and turtles and lizards and crocodiles? The Bucks County 4-H Club is looking for them. The club is starting a 4-H Reptile Club next month, and interested people are invited to attend the first meeting, set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Plumsteadville Grange, 5901 Old Easton Rd. Look for 4-H signs on Easton Road to direct the way. Organizers said members do not need to own a reptile to join the club, and parents are welcome, too. For questions or more information, call Nancy Stephenson at 215-345-3283 or email njs15@psu.edu . - Staff report
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reptiles are cool (and not just because they're cold-blooded). Find out why and get up close and personal with the scaly set during the opening of the exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly at the Academy of Natural Sciences, featuring 20 species of live examples, including a monitor lizard, bearded dragon, Gila monster, crocodile, alligator, chameleon, gecko, python, viper, cobra, and more. Opening events include hands-on activities, crafts, and live-animal shows with naturalists giving talks such as "Dandy Dinos and Bodacious Birds," about the most popular reptiles of all time - the long-gone dinosaurs - and their fine-feathered relatives still with us (11 a.m.)
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Happiness is a warm puppy. I didn't make that up. I just believed it, and somehow I ended up with five dogs. Which stopped being puppies way too fast. Although they still leave the occasional present on the rug. I've learned that housebroken is a misnomer. Your dogs don't end up broken for the house. Your house ends up broken for the dogs. Or at best, the house starts to smell, more and more each year, but after a while, you stop noticing. People entering your home for the first time will ask, Is something dying in here?
NEWS
August 5, 2014
While easing human travels via the Atlantic City Expressway, New Jersey officials have admirably accommodated the rare reptiles that might venture to cross the highway. Better yet, they're deploying technology to make sure they do so. Vehicles traveling along the six-lane highway, which divides the Pinelands National Reserve, are a threat to some of New Jersey's already threatened wildlife population. One rare creature that finds its home in the Pinelands is the elusive northern pine snake.
NEWS
March 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
G. Leonard Knapp, 78, of Sellersville, an elementary teacher and respected herpetologist - who saw snakes as a force in nature - died of a cerebral hemorrhage Monday, March 17, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Knapp taught school in the Pennridge district for 34 years, first at Hilltown Elementary School in 1962, and then at Sellersville Elementary School from 1966 until he retired in 1996. He also owned and operated Reptilrama, a road show of his own animals that he took to area fairs, festivals, birthday parties, and schools.
NEWS
November 14, 2012
APAIR of snake traffickers are facing federal charges for allegedly capturing rattlesnakes illegally in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to sell through their thriving mail-order reptile business. Robroy MacInnes, 54, and Robbie Keszey, 47, are co-owners of the Glades Herp Farm in Florida. According to prosecutors, however, the two were illegally obtaining many of their rattlesnakes from Pennsylvania. According to a federal indictment, MacInnes and Keszey made several trips to Sellersville, Easton and Jim Thorpe in 2007 and 2008 to illegally trap, and sometimes buy, federally protected eastern timber rattlers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Leaping lizards! We all know that Johnny Depp is a chameleon. He plays one, or more precisely, voices him, in Rango . This off-center animation from Gore Verbinski (Depp's director in the Pirates of the Caribbean series) opens with a quartet of owls in mariachi garb singing the legend of the lizard. They pop up at regular intervals to musically comment on the chameleon's exploits in the Southwest, where the land is bone dry and the wit even more so. Rango is best enjoyed by those over 10 who have an idea of what "existential" means and can appreciate a surreal mashup of Chinatown , Gladiator , High Noon , and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly . You know those animated films that have bits that the parents will enjoy?
NEWS
June 14, 2010
A hundred million years ago, the seas were filled with swimming reptiles - some of them 70 feet long. A new study of their teeth suggests these exotic giants kept a constant body temperature - a step toward the kind of warm-bloodedness that keeps us at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside an animal is reflected in the ratio of two forms of oxygen - the far more common oxygen-16 and the slightly heavier oxygen-18 (which has two extra neutrons). The colder the temperature, the fewer atoms of oxygen-18 get incorporated into the teeth of fish.
NEWS
September 12, 2008 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert Miller Dougan, 82, formerly of Lansdowne, a retired company supervisor, Boy Scout leader, magician, photographer and zoo volunteer who had a reptile collection, died of myelofibrosis, a bone-marrow disorder, Aug. 21 at Granite Farms Estates in Wawa. Mr. Dougan graduated from Collingdale High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was injured when a shell exploded in a training exercise, and he spent eight months in a hospital in San Diego before going to Okinawa, arriving just as the fighting was ending.
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