Ken Henderson's van was searched at the Boone County Fairgrounds last June, and police found some unusual contraband -- seven alligators. The gators were seized, and Henderson was charged with 17 counts of animal abuse. The gators were returned to him in August, because a judge banned them from the ... More >>
Hunting season for most critters isn't until fall, but not in Kennett, Missouri, down in the Bootheel, where the citizenry is currently on the lookout for alligators. "We've had reports of sightings in small lakes," says Sergeant Craig Crow of the Kennett Police Department. Only one has been caught ... More >>
A St. Charles couple kept 157 snakes and lizards in their split-level rental property, as well as at least 1,500 live mice to feed them, and one dog. The snakes were housed in clean cages -- the problem was all the animal waste, which the couple, Michelle Higgins and Anthony Higgins, Sr., did not ... More >>
Acting on an anonymous tip, Palmyra Police raided the home of Brandon Boyles on January 30 and discovered more than 30 exotic animals in his keeping, including a six-foot-long alligator, poisonous snakes and constrictors (one measuring thirteen feet long), and some spiders and scorpions. Accordin ... More >>
Springtime, soft breezes, moonlight, music...the perfect setting for seduction, whether you're a romantic-minded human or a tree frog. But don't think the female tree frogs aren't any more picky than humans just because they happen to be, well, frogs. If a female tree frog doesn't like a dude's musi ... More >>
Some call them snot otters, others old lasagna sides, grampus and devil dogs, but we prefer the colloquial term hellbender. If you're going to name a salamander, you might as well make it sound way more badass than it is. Hellbenders live in Missouri's rivers. Or, rather, they used to live in Misso ... More >>
Jason Persse, from SXSW 2011Fresh & Onlys/Crocodiles Billiken Club April 19, 2011 Somehow it seemed appropriate to be trekking out to the Billiken Club after a typical Midwest spring storm. I'd just spent an hour in my basement, waiting out the tornado warning and listening to the rain poun ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.
Post-election, the outlook for the stalled school nutrition bill was pretty bleak. But it's looking better, thanks to Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts opting to back the bill. According to the Associated Press, the upcoming changes in the House of Represe ... More >>
Everybody knows the dinosaurs were super-tall, but a University of Missouri anatomy professor has just proven everybody wrong. The dinosaurs weren't just super-tall. They were super-duper tall. The extra height, Casey Holliday and his team of researchers discovered, came from cartilage between the d ... More >>
Jeff Briggler, courtesy of Missouri DOCOzark Hellbender: Putting its image on a football helmet could save its life.Before we get started, how is that the University of Missouri calls its athletic teams the Tigers (an animal that's never called Missouri home and which is the most generic name in ... More >>
I'm going to be out of town this weekend now (cue: awww), so that just means you'll have to go to these shows for me. Tonight at the Gramophone, slow-burning Canadian rockers The Pack A.D. are appearing, along with Fattback and the Belgrade Liberation Army (ex-Wormwood Scrubs). Like the White Stripe ... More >>
Bold banners 'blazoned with bizarre beings!
Animatronics dions rule the zoo
What could make the City Museum even better? Fifteen thousand sea creatures!
Low-price ice time
Beldt's Aquarium Inc.
A traveling exhibit now at the Missouri Botanical Garden details the grim plight of the world's amphibians
Reptiles and amphibians have a friend in "Outback Ed" Kiernan
Week of February 28, 2001