Skip to comments.FL man jailed for killing pythons, while park service can't kill them fast enough
Posted on 05/31/2012 8:17:22 PM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs
Fargo Forum: A man who moved from Florida to Dilworth last summer admitted today that he allowed his 32 ball python snakes to freeze to death in an unheated storage unit in Glyndon last winter. I just couldnt find any place to put them, 50-year-old Henry Ward Atherton Jr. said in Clay County District Court. Atherton pleaded guilty to all three charges against him: one felony and two misdemeanors counts of mistreatment of animals.
USA Today: Sightings of raccoons are down 99.3%, opossums 98.9% and white-tailed deer 94.1%. According to Linda Friar with Everglades. National Park, park personnel have captured or killed 1,825 pythons since 2000.
***...he allowed his 32 ball python snakes to freeze to death in an unheated storage...***
So? The standard method of killing large numbers of starlings is to locate their roost on a cold night, spray them down with soapy water. The soap breaks down their natural oils allowing the water through to the skin, and the cold weather will kill them by “exposure”.
give the man a larger shed and all the ice he can use
Killing birds that way seems cruel and painful - but killing a cold-blooded animal? It doesn’t shiver, just goes torpid and doesn’t wake up. I’ve euthanized sick tropical fish in the freezer.
Waaaiiiit a minute....
Is this an Obama Campaign contribution thread???
Find out who he sold them to and if any snake is missing charge both the seller and the buyer under statutes exactly as is described for selling automatic weapons. IMO.
Python, the other white meat ;)
I’ll put this as kindly as I can,
You Sir, are an uninformed, ignorant person. Get eductaed, just a little. BALL Pythons are not the 20’ animals you seem to be referring to. They are small, timid animals.
Freedom of speech even allows uninformed speech (Almost like over at DU).
People who must have these "pets" should not release them into the wild. IMO.
Though not huge they nevertheless are a threat to traditional pets like cats and dogs. IMO.
There should be accountability. IMO.
Hey Sal, maybe a chance to educate someone here....
That is what my original reply was about.
In some cases the offense should be treated the same as leaving a loaded gun lying around. IMO.
You seriously expect me to “educate” ignorant, heartless morons?
And no, they don’t just “fall into a torpor and die peacefully.”
Freezing them considered the -most- inhumane way of euthanizing *sick* snakes, let alone healthy ones.
They suffer just as much as a puppy or kitten would.
Freezing fish is also incredibly brutal.
The again, I’m obviously not dealing with biologists, here.
Everyone who laughed, mocked or gloated about this act of soulless cruelty is a sadistic, cowardly, phobic prick, IMO.
[so, do you want me to say how I “really feel”?]
My comment was about loosing snakes. That in some cases makes those puppies and kittens subject to death worse than freezing. IMO.
If that makes me one of the "ignorant, heartless morons" in your opinion than I accept that as a compliment.
(Though you did not address me specifically you were asked to "educate" me specifically. Thanks. But no thanks. I said that I object to releasing snakes into the wilds (public?) and do not see what makes my opinion so controversial.)
“Though not huge they nevertheless are a threat to traditional pets like cats and dogs. IMO. “
Are you mentally deficient or just too lazy to use Google?
The “biggest” Ball Python on earth can barely gag down a medium sized rat.
Due to the fact that they are essentially _totally defenseless_ against all predators, they live in terror of even the tiniest dog.
A feisty little rat will cause them to ball up and hide their heads, in hopes that the rat will find them boring and just go away.
Keep your fear, ignorance and Freudian phobias to yourself and stop spreading stupidity.
Forget the sissy Ball Pythons.
Fear The Gunner Boas:
Is that an ammoconda?
FYI, the VAST majority of the pythons inhabiting the ‘glades currently were “released” by Hurricane Andrew back in 1992 from a VERY secure, high dollar breeding facility through no fault of the owner.
The number of snakes ‘released’ by owners is puny compared to that mass release from a destroyed facility.
The numbers of “missing mammals” is also a bogus figure padded by politicos and animal rights freaks.
For all that there are “bajillions of them running loose” down there, the professional hunters seem to be having a very hard time *finding* them.
Stop believing the liberal media.
Try a little [politically unbiased] research into the situation.
It’s also common knowledge that the photo of the ‘exploded’ python/gator was staged.
The gators are definitely winning the food chain foot race.
I’m stealing that.
That was positively *inspired*!
Comparing a ball python to an automatic weapon officially makes you the biggest idiot to ever post on the Internet. IMO
Quite an accomplishment! IMO
I'll throw in one more IMO so you understand that I am mocking you too.
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