Skip to comments.17-foot-long Burmese python caught in Everglades
Posted on 08/14/2012 5:39:14 AM PDT by Doogle
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. The biggest Burmese python ever caught in Florida 17 feet, 7 inches long and 164½ pounds was found in Everglades National Park, the University of Florida announced Monday.
The snake was pregnant with 87 eggs, also said to be a record. Scientists said the python's stats show just how pervasive the invasive snakes, which are native to Southeast Asia, have become in South Florida.
"It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild," said Kenneth Krysko, a snake expert at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where the euthanized snake was brought. "'There's nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble."
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guess searching snake didn’t work
87 eggs!!!!!! So, how big is the daddy who’s still out there somewhere?
They should stop messin around and have a full year open season on these things.
Another Octomom !!!
Reminds me of a snake owned by an Army buddy in the 70s. It was big and about a foot in diameter. It was also very friendly. When it was hungry some of us would be invited over, the snake was put in a tree, a small pig under the tree and the snake would drop, coil and eat. Great entertainment.
One day there was a fire in his quarters. The snake was laying on the stairs, across the hall with its head in the kitchen. Firefighters thought it was a rolled up carpet until it moved. They rushed out. We had to go in and carry the snake outside.
AH! The Good Old Days!
heres a video when they found it.
Oh... sorry. That'd be in the bayous, not the Everglades...
tastes like chicken.
Always open season on them.
...in “69” I was driving ammo about 3 AM from the dump to base and came across what I thought was a fire hose out in the middle of nowhere as I slowed down to get a better look...it slithered down off the road....king cobra
“... here’s a video when they found it”.
You are a BRAT! I almost fell out of my chair!!
And save the hide for a great pair of boots with a belt to match.
I couldn't help but thinking...
... or your local taxidermist.
Just post a bounty of $1.00/inch. That should remove a lot of them.
according to Florida fish and game....you need a hunting license and they can be hunted in any open season...and there are hunting seasons for various animals, like hogs or rabbits that are year round...
ergo you can kill them year round with a florida hunting license.
to TRAP them you need a special permit.
I have to say, I often search for things on FR and cannot find them. Even when I already know they are here. I think you have to hold your tongue a certain way and have that search mojo. Some of us just don’t have it.
BTW BIG snake! Too close to where I live for comfort.
I wonder how you trap them?
sorry probably go that part wrong....
you can CATCH them live....is where I was going...not trap.
when I was a kid we use to use a forked stick to catch medium to large local snakes in NY State and pin the head to the ground and grab as close to the head as possible....though for a huge python it would probably require someone to keep the big brute from wrapping its coils around your neck...
Yeah, or a really big stick! Haha. In general I’m not afraid of snakes, when I see one in the yard I run for my camera. I’m cautious if their venomous of course. But I still don’t think I’d like to meet one of these. I’d get out of there. AFTER I took a photo.
their should have been they’re. I do know the difference. Drat, I hate when you are proof reading after you hit send.
You're right - these guys are eating all the native animals... even feasting on small alligators. Open season - easy trade on snake skins... time to hunt them out of existence.
The King Cobra is a beautiful snake. I had an encounter about the same year at Newport Pier in Saigon. Scared the daylights out of me.
The “search” function usually leaves much to be desired.
A snake like that is no threat to you.
Do not be afraid.
It’s just a snake.
That was cool.
It could fall on my head and break my neck!
no snake contraceptives....
with a female rubber snake with long eyelashes..*blink blink*
Now THAT could work!
camped out in the foothills of the Catalina range by Tucson in 1975.... a diamond back killed a dog in camp overnight...we found the snake curled up under the engine of my motorcycle(I had been out late that night partying in town and the engine was warm and of course the snake was attracted to the warmth)...I needed a hatband, but other people in the camp frowned upon me offing the snake. so I pinned its head with a stick....and then the rest of the guys took turns attempting to grab it...then demured and backed off for a second thought on the best way to do it....then one guy just grabbed it and it was put in a plastic bucket with tight fitting lid and driven around 10 miles away.....catch and release.
....thats my story.
IT got me too LOL...You need to watch this I lol’d till i about threw up watch some bad language tho. Did this actually air?
I don’t think I would have attempted to catch it but, well, whatever. We had to kill a water moc that tried to come into the house in East TX once. Darned thing was not to be deterred either. My husband used a hoe (which was not very easy).
We had several dogs bitten by them and copper heads. Of course those are not nearly as dangerous as rattlers. We had one of our goldens desnaked when we lived in Midland, altho I don’t think that a lifetime effect. She did get bitten by a copperhead years later, guess she thought she could win that fight!
If it had killed one of my dogs, I’m afraid I’d have had no other choice but lethal revenge.
No, it wouldn’t have brought the dog back but grim satisfaction is a fickle, irrational thing.
Mega-ferrets on steroids.
[is it just me or did the narrator sound a bit light in the loafers?]
Back in the 70s I grew my hair long. And met up with some college friends from back east in an impromptu camp in the foothills of the Catalina range. There were between 4-6 groups hanging out there in the desert. Local cops were afraid we were some sort of Manson off shoot. We were just young people in between college and working for a living
Long story short. It was not my dog. The people whose dog was killed were the ones who begged me not to kill it. I don’t like snakes but can deal with them if need be in any number of ways. I respected
Are you serious?
I would’ve ripped that snake apart with my bare hands, if necessary.
My dogs trump all other life forms whether I love the other life forms or not.
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