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'Python Patrol' targets giant snakes of South Florida ("eating a lot of our endangered species")
cnn.com ^ | March 30, 2009 | Kim Segal and John Zarrella

Posted on 03/30/2009 11:37:50 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

MARATHON, Florida (CNN) -- Juan Lopez reads meters with one eye and looks for snakes with the other. Lopez is a member of the "Python Patrol," a team of utility workers, wildlife officials, park rangers and police trying to keep Burmese pythons from gaining a foothold in the Florida Keys.

Officials say the pythons -- which can grow to 20 feet long and eat large animals whole -- are being ditched by pet owners in the Florida Everglades, threatening the region's endangered species and its ecosystem.

"Right now, we have our fingers crossed that they haven't come this far yet, but if they do, we are prepared," Lopez said.

Burmese Pythons are rarely seen in the middle Florida Keys, where Lopez works. The Nature Conservancy wants to keep it that way.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: darwinism; endangeredspecies; immigration

1 posted on 03/30/2009 11:37:50 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They are just eating the critters the locals won’t eat.


2 posted on 03/30/2009 11:39:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesnÂ’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


3 posted on 03/30/2009 11:39:23 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes, but can we eat python?

Does it taste like chicken?


4 posted on 03/30/2009 11:40:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin (And oh, Hey! I've been travelin' on this road too long)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe they could get all the pythons to eat the iguanas all over the place now. Then bring in some hybrid apes to eat the pythons. That’ll do the trick!


5 posted on 03/30/2009 11:41:22 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
One word will control problem:

Bounty

$50.00 per dead snake.

6 posted on 03/30/2009 11:42:11 AM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: a fool in paradise

I wish they would eat some of the local iguanas.


7 posted on 03/30/2009 11:42:49 AM PDT by Tarpon (It's a common fact, one can't be liberal and rational at the same time.)
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To: subterfuge

then sell hybrid ape ear tags


8 posted on 03/30/2009 11:43:17 AM PDT by woollyone (I believe God created me- you believe you're related to monkeys. Of course I laughed at you!)
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To: BenLurkin
Yes, but can we eat python?

Yes

Does it taste like chicken?

Yes, but lotsa bones.

They also make good boots, belts and purses...

9 posted on 03/30/2009 11:44:25 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 70 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Florida speed bump.


10 posted on 03/30/2009 11:46:35 AM PDT by smokingfrog (The man who killed Baby Beluga.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Snakes are NOT pets for sane people;turning them loose only proves the pointr.

I have enough trouble with people dumping cats and dogs at my gate.

Put a $10,000 tax on all imports of exotic,i.e. non-native species, with a $1,000,000 fine if tax not paid.Make it a federal felony to have non-native species outside of a licensed zoo.

And full exemption from any prosecution or lawsuit for anyone who destroys non-native species that have been released or escaped from any facility or home.

I DESPISE dealers in exotic,non-native animals.

I'd cheer if PETA,et al, campaigned to shut them all down.

11 posted on 03/30/2009 11:47:03 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Eeeewwwww.....


12 posted on 03/30/2009 11:47:07 AM PDT by Allegra ( Never argue with an idiot. They bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pythons?

It’s the legendary Black Beast of Aaauugh!

Run away! Run away!


13 posted on 03/30/2009 11:48:00 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat (Sacred cows make the best hamburger.)
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To: woollyone

Free green card for every 200 dead snakes you provide!


14 posted on 03/30/2009 11:48:39 AM PDT by King Hawk
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To: Free ThinkerNY
they never mention the word democrat in the article and this is just the tip of the scandal

School chief's wife is targeted in Florida Keys probe can they eat the indigenous inbred thieving conchs???

A school district scandal is brewing in the Florida Keys, with the main focus an unlikely person: the superintendent's wife.

Allegations also have arisen that Acevedo squandered a $250,000 federal grant for a 2006 Even Start program to help poor families, pocketed more than $28,000 in cash fees from adult cosmetology classes, and absconded with money from three fundraisers by the Key West freshman class she sponsors.

Some questioned Acevedo's purchases. One was Judy Walterson, who in an e-mail dated Nov. 11, 2007, asked for an explanation of the purchase of Red Bull and Mountain Dew for the MARC House, a home for developmentally challenged adults.

Now she'll have to explain the purchase of several men's suits, all size 54L. Her husband recently weighed in at 317 pounds in a ''Biggest Loser'' contest with the mayor of Key West and two others.

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15 posted on 03/30/2009 11:52:31 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: King Hawk

Lucky for Florida that Sarah Palin isn’t their governor. Then, we’d get stern lectures on the cruelty involved in killing those poor snakes. Gotta love Dim hypocracy. :-)


16 posted on 03/30/2009 11:53:44 AM PDT by joejm65
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To: hoosierham

Every exotic pet owner I have ever known was a shameless attention whore.


17 posted on 03/30/2009 11:54:43 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama's next program: Kopechne Care)
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To: subterfuge
Then bring in some hybrid apes to eat the pythons.

What is a "hybrid ape?"

18 posted on 03/30/2009 11:57:05 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: hoosierham

Unfortunately its probably to late for those measures with critters that already have a foothold such as the python etc.


19 posted on 03/30/2009 11:59:17 AM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Pearls Before Swine
What is a "hybrid ape?"

Kinda like our president - only smarter.

20 posted on 03/30/2009 12:01:47 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: org.whodat

$100 per pregnant female.


21 posted on 03/30/2009 12:03:17 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: org.whodat

do you really need a bounty? how about just an open season on them, and tell the rednecks that python tastes better than alligator.


22 posted on 03/30/2009 12:08:15 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: absolootezer0
do you really need a bounty? how about just an open season on them, and tell the rednecks that python tastes better than alligator.

Sometimes you get two for the price of one: Burmese python explodes after eating gator.
23 posted on 03/30/2009 12:13:28 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: absolootezer0
When I was a kid, we had a problem with rabbit fox. Those tails paid for a lot of ammo for my 22.
24 posted on 03/30/2009 12:14:48 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: BenLurkin
Does it taste like chicken?

No it's taste's sort of like spotted owl. But not quite like bald eagle.

25 posted on 03/30/2009 12:16:23 PM PDT by bikerman (Obama lied;the Country died.)
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To: hoosierham

Damn! I think a new make believe felony is a little harsh. We’ve got enough stupid felonies in this country. How about a $100 license and some limitations on disposal? I owned one and successfully bred her. Decided I didn’t want her anymore some my buddy and I sold a breeding pair for $500. She was a nice snake, just don’t get between one and it’s dinner.


26 posted on 03/30/2009 12:26:48 PM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new enviromentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Every exotic pet owner I have ever known was a shameless attention whore.

I don't believe that you get much attention if you have a Hermit Crab.

27 posted on 03/30/2009 12:51:06 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Every exotic pet owner I have ever known was a shameless attention whore.

I don't believe that you get much attention if you have a Hermit Crab.

28 posted on 03/30/2009 12:56:04 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Right now, we have our fingers crossed that they haven't come this far yet, but if they do, we are prepared"


29 posted on 03/30/2009 1:07:08 PM PDT by paulycy (BEWARE the LIBERAL/MEDIA Complex)
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To: BenLurkin

Rattlesnake tastes like chicken... it’s pretty good once you get past the idea of “snake”.


30 posted on 03/30/2009 1:24:31 PM PDT by GOPJ (Global Warming Hoax - Sucker Science In Action)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
I don't believe that you get much attention if you have a Hermit Crab.

Look at me! I'm cool; I own a hermit crab!


31 posted on 03/30/2009 2:54:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama's next program: Kopechne Care)
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To: east1234

I think people who believe reptiles are good pets are delusional.Every person I have ever met or known to have exotic pets either wanted something different to shock/excite others or hoped to make a bunch of money from selling the dangerous things to others.


32 posted on 03/30/2009 10:46:15 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

I just thought she was cool, breeding seemed like the next logical step as we had a pair.
Quick question, if you find a snake in your yard do you leave it alone, kill it, or move it so your kids don’t step on it?


33 posted on 03/31/2009 1:31:36 PM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new enviromentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: org.whodat

“$50.00 per dead snake. “

Can I keep teh skin and skull?


34 posted on 03/31/2009 1:34:46 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: hoosierham

“Make it a federal felony to have non-native species outside of a licensed zoo.”

Like a pheasant?


35 posted on 03/31/2009 1:35:51 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: east1234

Depends on the species;poisonous snakes are killed,others may be relocated distant to the house.


36 posted on 03/31/2009 10:21:32 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: DBrow
Maybe.

The difference with this and other types of threats is that the threat REPRODUCES itself unlike anything else stupid people do.Once released into a new area containing food and no natural enemies,these foreign animals invariably multiply and become at best a nuisance and displace native wildlife;at worst the new animal or plant becomes a real threat to people.

37 posted on 03/31/2009 10:28:14 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

Pheasant, gerbil, hamster, cavy, most tortoises, ferrets, are all imports as are most pet snakes. If you go back far enough, horses and cattle, swine, llamas, and most dog breeds are imports.

Write carefully when you draft your Exotic Wildlife bill!

I know what you mean and I think I understand your intent, but the action needs considerable study before you inadvertently ban cats or spaniels.


38 posted on 04/01/2009 4:48:04 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why have a snake in the first place, especially one that grows so big? They’re aloof, they’re not cuddly, they don’t hunt, they don’t fetch slippers and you don’t take them for walks. They won’t do tricks either......


39 posted on 04/01/2009 4:58:05 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: Elle Bee

What do conchs and a school superintendent’s wife have to do with pythons in the everglades?


40 posted on 04/01/2009 5:01:37 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I was hoping the snakes might find them tasty

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41 posted on 04/01/2009 5:10:17 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: DBrow
And most of those have become a real problem once released into the wild.

I admit to a strong prejudice against snakes,alligators,and snapping turtles.How anyone can think those animals make good pets is incomprehensible.

I see that they are a prop for attention:"wow,you've got a xxxxxx!Aren't you afraid of it?,etc."

42 posted on 04/02/2009 11:28:17 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

43 posted on 04/02/2009 11:31:23 AM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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To: hoosierham

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2228247/posts

PING


44 posted on 04/13/2009 1:29:52 PM PDT by DBrow
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