Hoping for herps

Hoping for herps

WHITE CITY — Steve Niemela approaches a flat piece of plywood he placed in the brush five months ago and prepares to pounce on a garter snake or a skink that's taken up residence beneath it, despite the fact that 33 identical boards before it attracted no slithery citizens.

The curious boy in him who spent hours flipping over logs searching for snakes and other herptiles while growing up says that this one, Board No. 33, could be the one. The Oregon Department of Fish and...

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'Watchdog' helps recover rare kingsnake from Medford pet store

'Watchdog' helps recover rare kingsnake from Medford pet store

A rare and protected snake will get a one-way ride back to the wild today thanks to a wildlife "watchdog" with a good eye for reptiles and a healthy knowledge of Oregon native critter laws.

An Oregon State Police trooper Monday seized a California mountain kingsnake from The Reptile Guyz shop on Riverside Avenue in Medford, where it was on display the past two weeks but not labeled as for sale, according to the OSP.

The brightly colored, 2-foot-long snake that looks like a coral.....

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