An armed mob set out into the Florida Everglades on Saturday to flush out a scaly invader. It sounds like the second act of a sci-fi horror flick but, really, it´s pretty much Florida´s plan for dealing with an infestation of Burmese pythons that are eating their way through a fragile ecosystem. Nearly 800 people signed up for the month-long ´Python Challenge´ that started Saturday afternoon. The vast majority - 749 - are members of the general public who lack the permits usually required to harvest pythons on public lands.
People in Florida should not be required to pay anything to get a python hunting permit, what should be happening is that the State of Florida should be paying the people a bounty for killing those snakes.
FTA: "It´s very safe, getting out in the Everglades. People do it all the time."
Many come back, too. ´Gators and cougars aren´t always hungry....
The camo is probably pointless, as the snakes detect by sense of smell ["tasting" the air with tongue-flicks] and seeing movement.
FTA: The state is offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons by the time the competition ends at midnight Feb. 10.
Heard the same inn a radio report today. It surprised me that there wasn´t a prize for highest total weight. OK, herpetologists -- better to take 10 honkin´ big ones out of the wild, or 12-14 itty-bitty ones?
FTA: (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn´t approve of the [decapitation] method, though.)
What do they recommend? That the snakes die of old age?
#2: That first photo is powerful, really tells a story.
#5: Why? Easy. $
#10: If asked, the pythons probably would say they have a "robust" ecosystem.
These pests can be found all over Florida and they´ve been spotted in Lake County where we live. I was planning on putting in a doggy door in the screened patio, but after killing 2 rat snakes and a racer snaker (all within a month of installing my patio), I realized I´d end up getting much bigger snakes so I nixed that idea. I have enough problems with the little ones getting under the screen door between the paver seems.
I´m with everyone else -- Florida should be paying people to kill these pests, not requiring people to pay for permits. Let them make money off it by selling the skins.
Also, I thought Florida outlawed Pythons and Boas as pets, but my local Petco has them for sale. Not that outlawing them would solve the problem. It´s illegal to keep an alligator and they find them during drug raids all the time. I just don´t get why people think snakes are pets? Ewwww.
I love to hunt but I don´t know if I´d want to hunt these snakes. They can do a human some real damage. I have been alligator hunting a few times and I always had the feeling the ´gator was hunting me. Yes, I was well armed!!
I´m all for getting rid of pythons in south Florida, but the poster bragging of killing beneficial and harmless snakes makes me sad. There is just no lower limit to stupidity, is there? Even the most phobic dimwit could shoo a rat snake away with a broom, and a black racer is generally headed quickly in the opposite direction as soon as it perceives a threat. Guess theposter prefers to be overrun with mice and rats. So foolish.
Well sorry you don´t approve me killing snakes. The racer kept getting in my pool where my kids swim and I´m not sharing my pool and patio with snakes. I´m terrified of snakes and I´m not spending hours trying to shoo one out the screen door while it runs all over the patio and pool - it´s an 1800 square foot area. Oh, I know, I´ll stand there and ask it to please leave the pool area immediately. Boo hoo.
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