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16-foot python devours deer in Florida (photo at link)
CNN.com ^ | 11-01-11 | Dave Alsup and Phil Gast,

Posted on 11/01/2011 10:47:13 PM PDT by BagCamAddict

(CNN) -- A Burmese python slithering through the Everglades proved that her eyes weren't bigger than her stomach, swallowing intact a 76-pound deer.

At 15.65 feet, the python isn't the largest on record. But the size of her prey both impresses and concerns state and federal wildlife scientists and land managers trying to control the non-native species.

"They are large exotic animals that are not naturally from this area," said Randy Smith, spokesperson for the South Florida Water Management District. "The potential to wreak havoc on the natural Florida wildlife ... they don't have true enemies."

Contractors spraying exotic vegetation Thursday came across the female python on an island about 20 miles from Everglades National Park, Smith told CNN Tuesday. It was dispatched, by protocol, with a single shotgun blast to the head.

A necropsy conducted by Everglades National Park wildlife biologists showed the python had a girth of 44.1 inches after devouring the adult female deer. The snake normally weighed 139 pounds.

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


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: creepy
Ewww. Photo at the link.
1 posted on 11/01/2011 10:47:19 PM PDT by BagCamAddict
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To: BagCamAddict

Doh. Already posted. I already asked Mods to delete this post.


2 posted on 11/01/2011 10:48:52 PM PDT by BagCamAddict (Order 15 Herman Cain Yard Signs for $130: https://store.hermancain.com/orderform.asp?pid=20)
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To: BagCamAddict

Sort of like the EPA and small business.


3 posted on 11/01/2011 11:01:17 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Giant creature alien to America swallowing helpless native residents whole?


4 posted on 11/01/2011 11:35:39 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: BagCamAddict

I liked this comment on the article:
hmmm...walking catfish or giant python...which one do you want to run into?


5 posted on 11/01/2011 11:39:12 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

I predict that walking catfish will evolve into running catfish.


6 posted on 11/01/2011 11:51:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: BagCamAddict; KevinDavis
Ping...soon to be a Sy-Fy movie

7 posted on 11/01/2011 11:56:39 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

>> Contractors spraying exotic vegetation Thursday came across the female python ...

Note the word “contractors” - citizens have been pretty well run out of the ‘Glades.


8 posted on 11/02/2011 2:44:44 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: BagCamAddict

Somehow I get the picture of Timmy yelling for Lassie to rescue him from being devoured by this snake, Jimmy hears lassie barking.

From inside the snake.

Shoot them all, make it a $5,000 bounty for every one.


9 posted on 11/02/2011 2:48:06 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: BagCamAddict

We have a lot of non native snakes and foreigners, including a spurious born President in this country.


10 posted on 11/02/2011 3:08:50 AM PDT by bushpilot1
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To: Eye of Unk

there is a small bounty like $50.00. We took an airboat ride thru the everglades this summer. Our guide said the UPS driver hits one every day.


11 posted on 11/02/2011 7:41:06 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: BagCamAddict

If it can swallow a 76-pound deer, it can swallow a 76-pound human.


12 posted on 11/02/2011 8:10:20 AM PDT by Savage Beast (A backwoods southern lawyer is a safer trustee for your soul than a Washington politician.)
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To: TigersEye

I predict that walking catfish will evolve into running catfish.

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LOL!


13 posted on 11/02/2011 9:16:35 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote
If I had giant pythons in my backyard I wouldn't wait for evolution.

I'd become a hitchhiking catfish TODAY! ;^)

14 posted on 11/02/2011 11:14:01 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

LOL! I love your sense of humor!
I can see a catfish by the side of the interstate, trying to ‘fin’ a ride...


15 posted on 11/02/2011 12:34:08 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote
‘fin’ a ride...

LOL

Now I'm picturing a snake pulling up in a big glitzy low-rider with a grin on his face.

"Need a ride, pal?"

16 posted on 11/02/2011 12:52:40 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

YES! I CAN SEE IT TOO!!! LOL!


17 posted on 11/02/2011 12:55:55 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

Poor catfish just ain’t gonna win on this thread. lol


18 posted on 11/02/2011 12:58:35 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.

I need a python to devour a deer. My dog would be in big trouble for doing this. As would a coyote if anyone saw him. A wolf or bear, like a cougar, no harm, no foul. Wonder why a python gets a pass, he's not endangered. Nor native. Like a feral pig and the poor coyote, he should be subject to being shot. Giant python swallows deer whole

Python digesting a deer captured in Everglades

19 posted on 11/02/2011 4:23:30 PM PDT by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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Speaking of non native species, I think we need a mute swan season.


20 posted on 11/02/2011 4:26:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek

I’d prefer a sandhill season. But I have no problem eating swan.


21 posted on 11/02/2011 5:13:06 PM PDT by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: TigersEye

Options, options - swallowed whole by a snake or chomped into pieces by a bear or cougar or wolf.


22 posted on 11/02/2011 7:28:01 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: GladesGuru

The EPA is all about options alrighty. lol


23 posted on 11/02/2011 9:11:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: BagCamAddict

It was dispatched, by protocol, with a single shotgun blast to the head.


And the people who buy and then later release these things should be similarly dispatched. Damn assholes.



24 posted on 11/03/2011 9:41:29 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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