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17-foot-long Burmese python caught in Everglades
FOXNEWS ^ | 08/14/12 | AP via FOX

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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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: big; fl; florida; pythons
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Things that make ya go..eeeuuuwwwwwwaaaahhhhh!
1 posted on 08/14/2012 5:39:23 AM PDT by Doogle
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To: Chode

snake ping


2 posted on 08/14/2012 5:40:48 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Dupe thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2918134/posts


3 posted on 08/14/2012 5:42:07 AM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: Doogle

4 posted on 08/14/2012 5:44:26 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Salamander

guess searching snake didn’t work


5 posted on 08/14/2012 5:45:28 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

87 eggs!!!!!! So, how big is the daddy who’s still out there somewhere?


6 posted on 08/14/2012 5:47:18 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

big


7 posted on 08/14/2012 5:48:09 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

They should stop messin around and have a full year open season on these things.


8 posted on 08/14/2012 6:01:52 AM PDT by omega4179 ( el 0bama comio un perro)
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To: Doogle; mickie; flaglady47
"The snake was pregnant with 87 eggs."

Another Octomom !!!

Leni

9 posted on 08/14/2012 6:04:38 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Doogle

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 it’s 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!


10 posted on 08/14/2012 6:04:56 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Doogle

heres a video when they found it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc_dKkxMwRE&feature=related


11 posted on 08/14/2012 6:05:29 AM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: omega4179
Just tell Boudreaux and Thibodeaux that they're edible. They'll have Marie put on a pot o' rice, and they'll solve the snake problem in short order.

Oh... sorry. That'd be in the bayous, not the Everglades...

12 posted on 08/14/2012 6:05:56 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: MinuteGal
Another Octomom !!!

O-M-Gosh! LOL!!!!!!!

13 posted on 08/14/2012 6:07:48 AM PDT by Mean Maryjean
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To: Doogle

tastes like chicken.


14 posted on 08/14/2012 6:14:16 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: omega4179

Always open season on them.


15 posted on 08/14/2012 6:24:39 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: R. Scott

...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


16 posted on 08/14/2012 6:26:29 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SJackson

outdoor ping


17 posted on 08/14/2012 6:39:54 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: Lees Swrd

“... here’s a video when they found it”.

You are a BRAT! I almost fell out of my chair!!


18 posted on 08/14/2012 6:43:46 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Shoot, shovel, shut up.

And save the hide for a great pair of boots with a belt to match.

Florida Freeper


19 posted on 08/14/2012 7:06:43 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Vaquero
Actually you have to purchase a license to hunt them and it ain't easy to get!!!
20 posted on 08/14/2012 7:17:00 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Doogle
There is an Eleven footer loose this morning in a small North Alabama town. The newsie said if someone spots it they should call animal control.

I couldn't help but thinking...

... or your local taxidermist.

21 posted on 08/14/2012 7:20:47 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: Doogle

Just post a bounty of $1.00/inch. That should remove a lot of them.


22 posted on 08/14/2012 7:25:57 AM PDT by Will we know the moment (e are no longer a republi)
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To: ontap

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.


23 posted on 08/14/2012 8:05:04 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Salamander; Doogle

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.


24 posted on 08/14/2012 8:30:49 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Vaquero

I wonder how you trap them?


25 posted on 08/14/2012 8:33:30 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea

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...


26 posted on 08/14/2012 8:50:24 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

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.


27 posted on 08/14/2012 9:08:22 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea

their should have been they’re. I do know the difference. Drat, I hate when you are proof reading after you hit send.


28 posted on 08/14/2012 9:09:50 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: omega4179
They should stop messin around and have a full year open season on these things.

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.

29 posted on 08/14/2012 9:45:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced: Put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: Doogle

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.


30 posted on 08/14/2012 10:16:17 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Doogle

The “search” function usually leaves much to be desired.

:)


31 posted on 08/14/2012 12:47:38 PM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: brytlea

A snake like that is no threat to you.

Do not be afraid.

It’s just a snake.


32 posted on 08/14/2012 12:51:34 PM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: Lees Swrd

LOL!

That was cool.

:)


33 posted on 08/14/2012 12:53:51 PM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: Salamander

It could fall on my head and break my neck!


34 posted on 08/14/2012 1:50:33 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Doogle
no predators i guess...
35 posted on 08/14/2012 2:42:48 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

no snake contraceptives....


36 posted on 08/14/2012 2:52:45 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: brytlea

with a female rubber snake with long eyelashes..*blink blink*


37 posted on 08/14/2012 2:55:52 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Now THAT could work!


38 posted on 08/14/2012 3:11:32 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea
Really, Brytlea?

LOL

39 posted on 08/14/2012 3:37:01 PM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: brytlea

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.


40 posted on 08/15/2012 4:14:52 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: momtothree; Salamander

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?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg


41 posted on 08/15/2012 7:07:47 AM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Doogle


42 posted on 08/15/2012 7:24:51 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Salamander


43 posted on 08/15/2012 7:31:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Vaquero

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!


44 posted on 08/15/2012 9:25:45 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Vaquero

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.


45 posted on 08/15/2012 11:50:26 AM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: Lees Swrd

Mega-ferrets on steroids.

[is it just me or did the narrator sound a bit light in the loafers?]


46 posted on 08/15/2012 11:55:18 AM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL


47 posted on 08/15/2012 11:56:28 AM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: Oberon
I know plenty of airboaters who would be happy to solve the problem.
48 posted on 08/15/2012 12:05:02 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Salamander

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
Their wishes


49 posted on 08/15/2012 3:52:35 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

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.


50 posted on 08/15/2012 7:33:56 PM PDT by Salamander (Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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