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Python digesting a deer captured in Everglades
Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 28, 2011 | David Fleshler

Posted on 10/28/2011 2:43:37 PM PDT by jazusamo

A huge Burmese python that had just consumed an adult deer was captured and killed in the Everglades Thursday, as South Florida continues to fight a snake infestation that arrived via the exotic pet industry.

Contractors for the South Florida Water Management District found the snake on a tree island in western Miami-Dade County, according to the district. It was killed with a shotgun blast.

The snake was 15.6 feet long, making it one of the largest ever found in the wild in South Florida, said Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The snake had a massive bulge from a recently consumed 76-pound female deer, among the largest prey items ever found in one of these snakes, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: burmesepython; florida; python
Yikes, a 76 lb deer in it's belly.
1 posted on 10/28/2011 2:43:46 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: george76; Flycatcher; girlangler; SWAMPSNIPER

Python Ping!


2 posted on 10/28/2011 2:46:12 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I hope somebody gets a great set of boots.


3 posted on 10/28/2011 2:47:30 PM PDT by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: jazusamo

76lb adult?

I pity Florida hunters. The snake on the other hand, might just be a trophy.


4 posted on 10/28/2011 2:57:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: jazusamo

Wouldn’t an adult deer weigh more than 76 pounds?


5 posted on 10/28/2011 2:59:24 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: jazusamo

BURP!


6 posted on 10/28/2011 2:59:57 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Huntress

Not after the python field-dressed it.


7 posted on 10/28/2011 3:01:20 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: cripplecreek; Huntress

I’ve never been to Florida but from what I’ve read the swamp deer are pretty small compared others, this kinda proves it.


8 posted on 10/28/2011 3:04:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Houghton M.

Cool boots from those snakes.

And Jobs and Reality-tv shows.


9 posted on 10/28/2011 3:04:42 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Huntress

In Florida they are little teeny tiny things.

The Doe that was in my side yard yesterday morning had a rear leg that weighed that much.


10 posted on 10/28/2011 3:07:50 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Vermont Lt

They aren’t that small in N Florida. About twice that size.


11 posted on 10/28/2011 3:10:58 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: jazusamo

12 posted on 10/28/2011 3:12:35 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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13 posted on 10/28/2011 3:13:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Huntress

This was probably a “Key Deer,” a subspecies that lives on the keys and south Florida. They are very small. If so, this snake (an invasive former pet) ate an endangered species.


14 posted on 10/28/2011 3:17:10 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: rottndog

Thanks...That goes to show a python’s eyes are not bigger than it tummy. :)


15 posted on 10/28/2011 3:17:18 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Track9
I hope somebody gets a great set of boots.

Deerskin leather or snakeskin?

16 posted on 10/28/2011 3:18:48 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Huntress

Depending on the sex and sub species adult weight can vary from as little as 80 to over 300 pounds and be considered normal size.


17 posted on 10/28/2011 3:20:19 PM PDT by gfbtbb (The answer to your question will not be found here.)
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To: Vermont Lt
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18 posted on 10/28/2011 3:22:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

half digested deer hide is probably pretty soft but no thanks.


19 posted on 10/28/2011 3:24:14 PM PDT by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: jazusamo
"Pets" loosed in the bush... inhabitants now in great danger.

"Swallow it all down, man."

Reminds me of the 1960s vermin loosed by academics and promoted by the MSM as the most intelligent generation ever!

"Bring it all down, man."

Arguably the 60s campus spoiled brats and their ideological issue today are now the Establishment.

20 posted on 10/28/2011 3:26:02 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Arguably the 60s campus spoiled brats and their ideological issue today are now the Establishment.

I'd say that's a pretty good bet. Lets hope they didn't indoctrinate so many that the pendulum won't start to swing back before too long.

21 posted on 10/28/2011 3:30:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

They are also less likely to run into traffic like regular deer, and are not skittish
I see them on Tamiami tral sometimes on the side of the road eating leaves and grass. I stop roll down the window a get a few photos
and say “Hello Deer” ( cracks up the kids). The deer just look back at ke and keep eating.
Apparently they are not scared of snakes either


22 posted on 10/28/2011 3:32:07 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks to be a darned successful deer camp.


23 posted on 10/28/2011 3:32:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Upper peninsula of Michigan. The really big ones are down here in the far south of the state. (Corn fed)


24 posted on 10/28/2011 3:36:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: jazusamo

I have heard that one way pythons etc are caught is by putting a pig in a cage in the wild. Python eats pig but bulge stops from getting out of cage (until fully digested)

Not sure if true but makes sense.


25 posted on 10/28/2011 3:40:05 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: jazusamo

Pythons are in the Everglades after Hurricane Andrew (if I remember correctly) when it blew apart a hatchery, sending a couple hundred pythons into the swamp.

They have been fruitful and multiplied......bad news for Floridians.


26 posted on 10/28/2011 3:45:37 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Cain for President - Because I like the content of his character)
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To: jazusamo

the million dollar question is...are they breeding? If so, then the invasion has only just begun.


27 posted on 10/28/2011 3:45:44 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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28 posted on 10/28/2011 3:55:35 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: mamelukesabre

I’ve read that they’re breeding prolifically, Florida has a problem and they’d better start dealing with it.


29 posted on 10/28/2011 3:57:22 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

if they’re breeding and there aint no predators(and I don’t see how there could be), then the big snakes are gonna take over the everglades real easy. Barring human intervention.


30 posted on 10/28/2011 4:04:08 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: cripplecreek

I’m originally from Fla. Keys deer are about 50-60 lbs and Everglades deer also small. Even here in GA the average weight is only about 100-120 Lbs. Now pigs are another deal altogether. We have some bodacious wild hogs in the South. LOL!!!


31 posted on 10/28/2011 4:20:57 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Lots of critters are adapted that way. Bigger bass in the south vs big pike in the north.


32 posted on 10/28/2011 4:25:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: jazusamo
Thanks for the ping!

If I remember correctly, there's another internet story from a while back about a Burmese python eating an alligator in the Everglades. Apparently, the gator was a little too big, and it ended up killing the python.

The photos of this are something else -- if they're true. I'd have to check Snopes. Lol!

33 posted on 10/28/2011 4:47:43 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher
Well both of those critters kinda freak me out, I'm really glad we don't have them here in the west.

There was a story awhile back that a 7 foot alligator was found in a pond outside a northern Oregon town which isn't too far from us. Some reptile guy came out and captured it, it had to be a critter that someone released because it outgrew where ever they had it. It's still scary that people do that. LOL!

34 posted on 10/28/2011 6:47:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
What do Pythons taste like?

We'll catcha mess and find out

35 posted on 10/28/2011 7:20:56 PM PDT by BBell
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To: Flycatcher
September 5, 2006—Unfortunately for a 13-foot (4-meter) Burmese python in Florida's Everglades National Park, eating the enemy seems to have caused the voracious reptile to bust a gut—literally.

36 posted on 10/28/2011 8:16:24 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: gfbtbb

The yearly records are starting to roll in around here. Regular firearm season starts on the 15th.

http://www.mlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2011/10/258-pound_12-point_and_a_235-p.html


37 posted on 10/29/2011 4:46:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: jazusamo
It was killed with a shotgun blast.

Poor Monty...life isn't easy being a snake.

38 posted on 10/29/2011 4:49:43 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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Poor Monty...life isn't easy being a snake.

LOL!

It sure wasn't for this one, he ate so much he couldn't even slither into the bush to make his getaway.

39 posted on 10/29/2011 10:27:49 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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