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2 face animal cruelty charges at Calif. breeder

Rescue crews went into a warehouse last year to save nearly 20,000 rats and reptiles at a wholesale distributor of exotic snakes and rodents, encountering a sight so revolting that they needed crisis counselors to cope.Full story

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in St. Pete

Animals like snakes, tortoises and lizards can be turned in at the Exotic Pet Amnesty Day this Saturday, July 13 at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg.   "This is basically an event where people that can't support the animals because they've become too big, they've overgrown their stay, bec Full story

Snake robots slithers where others fear to tread

  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing snake robots that can climb into hard-to-reach places, from the crevices between walls, to the small pockets inside the human body. Matt Rivera reports.

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  Why a severed arm turns up in Carl Hiaasen's new novel

Author Carl Hiaasen joins Morning Joe to discuss his new novel "Bad Monkey," which he tells Mika Brzezinski is neither for kids or for elderly relatives. The book centers around a cop in the Florida Keys who has been demoted.

  Big spending California winemaker would be Massachusetts kingmaker

Rachel Maddow reports on a wealthy California vintner who has spent more than $1.2 million in support of Republican Gabriel Gomez's campaign for Senate in Massachusetts against his Democratic opponent, Congressman Ed Markey.

  An estimated $30k worth of pythons allegedly stolen

A Pennsylvania woman says that $30K worth of snakes were stolen from her mobile home. WJAC's Erin Calandra reports.

  Wildlife you might find in your own backyard

David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation shares some backyard wildlife that might surprise you by showing up in your yard, including a woodchuck, a kingsnake, and an alligator.

  TODAY anchors meet tricky opossum, milk snake

In honor of April Fool’s Day, wildlife expert Corbin Maxey introduces the TODAY anchors to a few crafty creatures who have adapted ways to fool their predators for survival.

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