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The 'secretive and timid' smooth snake is sliding back into Devon's heathland

Britain's rarest snake is about to expand its range. In a pioneering wildlife project, the non-venomous smooth snake is to be re-introduced to Devon after a 50-year absence.

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The tale of Lonesome George, the 90-year old Pinta Tortoise who appears to have mated successfully for the first time, has many lessons for the rest of us.

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Lonesome George, the world's most inveterate bachelor, may finally be about to settle down.

Woman’s horror as she finds snake in the cutlery drawer

A young Northern Irish woman has told how she screamed in horror at finding an 18-inch long snake in her cutlery drawer.

Barbecue surprise for woman with snake phobia

A woman with a phobia of snakes was horrified to open her barbecue and find one curled up inside.

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To anyone shocked by the ruthless campaign that has forced a candidate for the role of Oxford Professor of Poetry to withdraw, we would say: don't be. Few can rival composers of verse for their willingness to stoop to conquer.

Toilet bowl snake bites man on penis

A Taiwanese man became a sitting target for a snake, which bit his penis as he sat on the toilet at his rural home, local media reported today.

Rare reptile hatchling found in New Zealand

A hatchling of a rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found in the wild on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in about 200 years, a wildlife official said today.

Henry the tuatara is a dad at 111

A rare reptile has become a father at the age of 111 for the first time. Henry, a New Zealand tuatara, confounded experts who believed he was past it when he succumbed to the charms of Mildred last year.

Your Questions: Help! I don't know how to look after my tortoise

I have recently taken on a four-year-old tortoise from a friend who didn't want it any more. I'm getting to grips with him but am confused about when or whether he needs to go into hibernation. Help!

Tobi Leopold, Hayling Island

Dinosaur-age reptile nesting in New Zealand

A rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found nesting on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in about 200 years.

Reptile loss threatens global biodiversity

More than a fifth of the world's reptiles are threatened with extinction, a new method of monitoring the fortunes of groups of species revealed today.

Snake safari in Kenya

You have to be made of stern stuff to go on a reptile safari in Kenya. Matt Carroll steels himself

Henry the reptile to become a father at 111

An indigenous New Zealand reptile regarded as one of the last living descendants of the dinosaurs will become a father for the first time in decades at the age of 111, officials said today.

A word in your shell: how crocodiles tell each other when to hatch

To the human ear they sound like the tinny thud of a small starter motor, but to a mother crocodile they are the plaintive calls of her egg-bound babies, saying they are about to hatch en masse and could she please make sure there are no nasty predators nearby.

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