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Forum Post: Python hunt under way in the Florida Everglades

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 17, 2013, 5:49 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission which organised the hunt has offered a bounty of $1,000 for the largest snake and $1,500 for the hunter who dispatches the most snakes before the closing deadline on February 13.

A scientific survey published by the US National Academy of Sciences last year showed that areas infested with the pythons since they took hold about a 15 years ago had found no rabbits, no foxes and a nearly 90 per cent drop-off in raccoons, opossums and bobcats. Only rats thrived.

Love it. Nice job, Florida. There is more than one way to skin a, er, snake.






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[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Between wetlands stomping? Not gonna find many pythons out on the beach - but it is probably a good place to take a break from the skeeters. {:-])


[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

LOL - two bobcats - they can cover each others six. Saw a python cut open to see that it had swallowed a 200 pound wild bore.

[-] 1 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

Other invasive species in South Florida (in am from there) include the Australian Pine. Brazilian pepper, Gambian pouch rat, etc.etc. etc. There has been extensive historical evidence of invasive species driving native species to extinction in other parts of the world.

[-] 1 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

Pythons are an invasive species. They were released pets. Last count, there were over 100,000 pythons in the Everglades. As an invasive species, they are pushing out the native wildlife in the area. The Humane Society and Fish and Wildlife Commission have been trying relocation and tightening the rules on exotic pets, but that only goes so far.

[-] 2 points by Shayneh (-482) 5 years ago

I think they are "eating the native wildlife" instead of pushing them out. There are a couple videos on youtube showing them eating small alligators.

The interesting thing is the alligator can reduce their respratory system to make it appear they are dead - snake eats them - they come back alive - eat their way out of the snake - snake dies.

Yes indeed, they do have a hugh problem with Pythons down there

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

I heard that on the news. I have a hard time believing that they have decimated everything, but who knows. I hate snakes anyways. Eh god, hate even just thinking about em!!

I do know the Asian Carp in Lake Ontario are a big problem. Along with the zebra mussels.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Daymn - those pythons have really taken over.

Did you know that because of stupid people - getting exotic pets then deciding they don't want em ( and so like the python problem ) flush em down the toilet or just let em go - that there are now fresh water lakes in the USA ( Mn included ) with piranhas?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

No, I did not know that.

I have never recovered from the movie. I have to do a check near the drains in swimming pools as it is.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Yep - I kinda got that reaction to being in the water after the 1st time I saw Jaws.

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Oh yeah. Jaws.

Nothing scares the shit out of me more than walking out into the ocean and not being able to see all the way to the bottom and feeling sea weed and crap around my ankles.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Yep - but imagine now I was fairly young when I saw that movie 1st time. Imagine being uncomfortable in the deep end of the swimming pool. {:-])

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

lol. Yeah. That would suck.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

Pist... if you start to see snakes that means you should stop drinking... BTW, I'm drinking gin. lol

Yeah, I heard there were a couple of bad pet encroachments in Florida. Every once in a while you hear of Crocodiles in NY City in the sewers. Oh well you get Rats, Aligators, and sharks naturally in some cases in rivers.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

I have seen a documentary where they showed the python had swallowed an alligator. ( Florida )

The only time I ever saw a pink elephant or snake that was not there - was back in the 70's when I tried some window-pane. Magical mystery tour night.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago


Heard about window-pane. Never tried it. But sometimes I think my dreams are effected by the long term drinking of alcohol. I have some weird dreams sometimes. What I mean is they can be vivid or stylistic...

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Sure alcohol is a drug - it affects our perceptions. Nothing wrong though with having vivid dreams that you can partially recall when you 1st wake up - that is the brains creative outlet and part of the rest/recovery/recharge feature of sleeping.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 5 years ago

Wow, you know man the 70s was a long time ago.

Maybe you are ready for the next step. Shamanism in Peru or Ecuador, Ayahuasca. Face your fears, see your true state, decide to make a change. Anyway, i think I saw a place that was cheap on the internet called Feather Crown, and indigenous program accessible from Quito. I don't know anything about it really. But I am pretty sure the mushrooms from Ecuador are the best in the world.


[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

LOL - transcendental meditation my friend - the drug free doorway to nirvana :-)... Now can be assisted with light sound and sonic technology. Just put on the glasses and headphones and turn on your CD player - access those alpha and beta waves...............................................................