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VIDEO: Burmese pythons moving north
palatkadailynews ^ | June 24, 2009

Posted on 06/24/2009 11:15:55 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Gainseville, Fla.,---- Burmese pythons are multiplying rapidly in the Everglades and moving north in Florida, a University of Florida researcher says.

Frank Mazzoti said the pythons can live anywhere alligators can, which would include all of Florida and swamp areas in Georgia and Louisiana, Science Daily reported.

"People might argue the ultimate boundaries, but there's no part of this state that you can point at and say that pythons couldn't live here," he said. "We really need to be addressing the spread of these pythons. They're capable of surviving anywhere in Florida, they're capable of incredible movement -- and in a relatively short period."

Burmese pythons are popular pets in spite of being one of the world's largest snakes. They became established in the Everglades when owners released them as they became too big to handle, and one biologist estimates there are now 30,000 to 100,000 in the Everglades National Park

Mazzotti said the snakes are difficult to eliminate because females can continue to produce young years after a mating.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: florida; pythons

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1 posted on 06/24/2009 11:15:55 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Obama’s fault!


2 posted on 06/24/2009 11:18:02 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: JoeProBono

Are they good eatin’?


3 posted on 06/24/2009 11:20:12 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
Are they good eatin’?

That was my question, too. In my travels around the South I've observed the southern man and woman to batter and fry just about anything. The answer may be in the kitchen.

4 posted on 06/24/2009 11:23:11 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Obama’s fault!

He sure is responsible for the snakes in the Cabinet,but in the Everglades...?
5 posted on 06/24/2009 11:25:08 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Time to CLEAN HOUSE (AND Senate!!!) Kick their butts to the curb!!)
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To: JoeProBono

DAMN! That’s just plain nasty-looking.I say harvest them and sell the skins. Everybody needs boots,belts and wallets,don’t they?


6 posted on 06/24/2009 11:26:41 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Time to CLEAN HOUSE (AND Senate!!!) Kick their butts to the curb!!)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


7 posted on 06/24/2009 11:27:04 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: JoeProBono

easy solution, declare Open Season on these snakes. Plenty of ‘Glades type folks and good ole boys around these parts that would love to git themselves some of these!


8 posted on 06/24/2009 11:28:01 AM PDT by Paradox (When the left have no one to villainize, they'll turn on each other.)
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To: JoeProBono

The ballot was too complicated to fill out, so they hit the road.


9 posted on 06/24/2009 11:30:16 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: randog

I spent some time near Valdosta, GA a while back.

Had a neighbor who picked up a dead snake along the side of the road, cooked it and ate it.

He allowed later as how it might have been on the side of the road just a tad too long.


10 posted on 06/24/2009 11:30:38 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

11 posted on 06/24/2009 11:34:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: gimme1ibertee

12 posted on 06/24/2009 11:35:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

You could feed the whole neighborhood for a week with that thing.


13 posted on 06/24/2009 11:36:43 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Paradox

14 posted on 06/24/2009 11:36:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

So you post a pic of an Anaconda with a link to a video about a Burmese Python. Mmmkay....


15 posted on 06/24/2009 11:39:00 AM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: DuncanWaring

Python Eats Pregnant Sheep


16 posted on 06/24/2009 11:39:32 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Somehow, the phrase “Holy Mothering Moses” seems wholly inadequate.


17 posted on 06/24/2009 11:43:00 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: cweese

http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/animals/why_snakes_are_feared.htm


18 posted on 06/24/2009 11:47:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: DuncanWaring
Are they good eatin’?

Their hide makes great boots and purses. Might be a good business to get into.

19 posted on 06/24/2009 11:51:35 AM PDT by Mogollon (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JoeProBono

Where’s the photo of the alligator and python that killed each other?


20 posted on 06/24/2009 11:56:09 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: bobjam
By Request:


21 posted on 06/24/2009 12:01:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Sheesh people, just make cowboy boots out of them. Problem solved.


22 posted on 06/24/2009 12:14:43 PM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: BJClinton

23 posted on 06/24/2009 12:16:48 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Yuck! Bet there’s a lot of “Lost Dog” posters in that neighborhood!!


24 posted on 06/24/2009 12:19:05 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Time to CLEAN HOUSE (AND Senate!!!) Kick their butts to the curb!!)
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To: JoeProBono

WHOA!!!! You could open a snakeskin haberdashery with all that skin!!! LOL


25 posted on 06/24/2009 12:21:16 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Time to CLEAN HOUSE (AND Senate!!!) Kick their butts to the curb!!)
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To: JoeProBono

I stand corrected.


26 posted on 06/24/2009 12:22:24 PM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Er, uh...I said cowboy boots, not FMBs.

‘sides, those aren’t really my style


27 posted on 06/24/2009 12:26:14 PM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: JoeProBono
From the 'glades........


28 posted on 06/24/2009 12:29:11 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: BJClinton

29 posted on 06/24/2009 12:43:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Daffynition

30 posted on 06/24/2009 12:45:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Daffynition

Who won??


31 posted on 06/24/2009 12:49:07 PM PDT by Ladysmith (The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money - M. Thatcher)
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To: Daffynition
When you want to post a large pix like that one, you can add some HTML ( WIDTH=XXX) to shrink it. Example:

<IMG SRC=http://images49.fotki.com/v1519/file5GBb/b46f0/1/127099/5782932/gator_python.jpg WIDTH=600>

That would produce this:


32 posted on 06/24/2009 12:55:50 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Ladysmith

Not sure ...but it was probably un-good.


33 posted on 06/24/2009 3:54:59 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: JoeProBono

34 posted on 06/24/2009 3:56:07 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Ladysmith

I just read on a blog [the link to the story was broken] but it said a “python was in a gators mouth for over 30 hours and survived. “

That’s the best I can do ...I’m amazed, if it’s true.


35 posted on 06/24/2009 4:21:40 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe they’ll eat Carpetbaggers!


36 posted on 06/24/2009 4:27:47 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Daffynition

37 posted on 06/24/2009 4:36:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

38 posted on 06/24/2009 4:38:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

39 posted on 06/24/2009 5:00:13 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Joe Brower; JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; ...

Hey FReepers & FR Floridians,
Here’s the POTUS in his younger days with his “close friend” in NYC sporting a pair of lace-up boots!

I wonder if he would wear a pair of python boots if we sent them to him.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2040486/posts?page=8126#8126


40 posted on 06/24/2009 5:44:17 PM PDT by Gemsbok (Dead men tell no tales!)
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To: Paradox

Since they aren’t a native species they are a pest. No season on them, harvest them anytime.


41 posted on 06/24/2009 6:14:44 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: DuncanWaring
Are they good eatin’?

They ask the same question when they look at us....
42 posted on 06/24/2009 6:18:03 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: JoeProBono

OMG! What an awesome pic! I never realized they got that long!


43 posted on 06/24/2009 6:23:43 PM PDT by Atom Smasher
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To: Gemsbok

Sorry gemsbok, the only thing that comes to mind is “Ugh!”


44 posted on 06/24/2009 6:31:53 PM PDT by Atom Smasher
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To: JoeProBono

Mrs. Taxman and I camped for a week in Flamingo campground this past March. I went snake hunting. Just kidding, but I was on the lookout for those bad boys — didn’t see any.

HST, in conversations with various people in the Everglades NP, including Park Rangers, they admit they are a problem, but there seems to be no serious attempt to eliminate them.

In fact, they do not allow firearms in the Everglades — even the tour boat captains cannot carry a shotgun to whack one of these snakes when they see them (and they do see them, FRom time to time).

What they have to do is tell a Ranger where they saw the snake and then the Ranger will go out and attempt to capture the snake — they can’t killem either!

Oddly enough, just before our trip, I saw a short piece on the news about South Florida communities giving classes to water meter, gas meter and post office workers about capturing these snakes. You will never convince me to try to capture a 20 foot snake!

One man I talked to, a long-time volunteer in the Park, made the best suggestion I have heard — start selling Python meat in restaurants and grocery stores. IOW, create a market for the meat, issue hunting licenses, and very shortly thereafter there will be a shortage of Python meat. Makes sense to me!

FRankly, if I ever see one of the damn things, it is dead, right now! CCW works on snakes as well as other varmits!


45 posted on 06/24/2009 6:57:11 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Good point. Maybe they should put a bounty on their heads.


46 posted on 06/25/2009 8:42:28 AM PDT by Paradox (When the left have no one to villainize, they'll turn on each other.)
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To: Joe Brower

it happened:

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/nation_world/20090701_ap_officialsescapedpetpythonstrangledflachild.html


47 posted on 07/01/2009 10:33:58 AM PDT by cyn (http://mountainsteps.blogspot.com)
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To: JoeProBono

above. just heard in local news.


48 posted on 07/01/2009 10:35:08 AM PDT by cyn (http://mountainsteps.blogspot.com)
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To: JoeProBono

http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2009/7/1/491284.html?title=Florida%20child%20strangled%20by%20Python%20&cid=rss


49 posted on 07/01/2009 10:36:37 AM PDT by cyn (http://mountainsteps.blogspot.com)
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Florida child strangled by Python -- http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2283409/posts

This is a .pet. 12' Burmese python that escaped from its glass aquarium (how big was the aquarium?) and killed the 2 yr old in the household.

Underscoring the problem pythons in the wild may pose to humans, especially smaller ones is this list of other deaths from pet pythons in US (not sure how complete it is): "man-eating" snakes

50 posted on 07/01/2009 12:16:57 PM PDT by cyn (http://mountainsteps.blogspot.com)
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