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Giant Pythons Invade Florida
Discovery ^ | May 16, 2008 | AFP

Posted on 05/17/2008 6:57:30 PM PDT by restornu


Burmese Python Giant pythons capable of swallowing a dog and even an alligator are rapidly making south Florida their home, potentially threatening other southeastern states, according to a new study

Giant pythons capable of swallowing a dog and even an alligator are rapidly making south Florida their home, potentially threatening other southeastern states, a study said.

"Pythons are likely to colonize anywhere alligators live, including north Florida, Georgia and Louisiana," said Frank Mazzotti, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professor, in his two-year study.

The pythons thriving in Florida are mostly Burmese pythons from Myanmar that were brought over as pets and then turned loose in the wild.

From 2002-2005, 201 of the beasts were caught by state authorities, but in the last two years the number has more than doubled to 418, Mazzotti said in his study published on the university Web site.

The largest python caught so far in Florida measured 16.4 feet and weighed 154 pounds.

Mazzotti said the serpents, despite their awesome size, are not poisonous, but are excellent swimmers and able to cover great distances in little time. Some, trapped and released with radio transmitters, swam 37 miles in a few hours.

Highly adaptable, pythons prey on cats, dogs, hares, foxes, squirrels, raccoons and even alligators, allowing them to thrive in a variety of environments.

After populating the Florida Everglades -- a vast marshland -- ,b>where it is estimated they number 30,000, the giant python is now spreading across the rest of the peninsula.

"Females may store sperm, so they can produce fertile clutches for years. And a 100-something pound snake can easily be producing 60, 80 eggs a year," said Mazzotti, adding that the reptile could eventually populate the entire southern United States.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: pythons
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1 posted on 05/17/2008 6:57:30 PM PDT by restornu
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To: restornu

Very scary. The stuff of nightmares.


2 posted on 05/17/2008 7:01:24 PM PDT by Palladin (Remember Chappaquiddick!)
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To: restornu

Sorry. I couldn't resist. ;-)

3 posted on 05/17/2008 7:01:35 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: restornu

I listened to this one morming on Coast to Coast radio and was amazed. These snakes will take out most of the protected species that are going extinct. Except for maybe an alligator, they have no enemies.


4 posted on 05/17/2008 7:03:33 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: restornu
The locals will put them on the menu and the problem will quite literally disappear overnight.
5 posted on 05/17/2008 7:05:00 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: restornu
I wish I had the picture with the guy saying "Ah....not this $4i+ again!"
6 posted on 05/17/2008 7:05:45 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: restornu

Burmese pythons are the secondn largest species of pythons in the world if memory serves. This just confirms my doubts of camping in south Georgia this summer.


7 posted on 05/17/2008 7:06:07 PM PDT by Southerngl
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To: restornu
This kid loves his python. His parents say the snake is the child's guardian. I really hope the little guy doesn't come up missing.

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8 posted on 05/17/2008 7:07:33 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: restornu
How about some smoked python with that beer?

They're edible. Hunt 'em, cook 'em and sell 'em.

9 posted on 05/17/2008 7:07:47 PM PDT by Rudder ("There is only one chief. Obey him." [Rush Limbaugh, April 30, 2008])
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To: restornu

10 posted on 05/17/2008 7:08:02 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: restornu

That gives me the heebee jeebees.


11 posted on 05/17/2008 7:10:42 PM PDT by CajunConservative (They can either go quietly or they can go loudly but either way they will go. Bobby Jindal)
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To: Farmer Dean; All
fwiw, to paraphrase a character from "THE PATRIOT", snake's a good meal.

the Thai's, Vietnamese, Burmese & lots of other Asians cook them in numerous TASTY ways.

snake tastes a lot like catfish & since it's round, it LOOKS like catfish, too.

btw, a python "dresses out" at about 70% of live weight. = CHEAP PROTEIN!

free dixie,sw

12 posted on 05/17/2008 7:11:05 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: vetvetdoug

13 posted on 05/17/2008 7:11:09 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: restornu

Just declare it’s open season on them. Offer a reward, say 10 or 20 bucks a linear foot, enough for someone to make a living at it. According to envirowhackos, mankind — especially drunken, gun-totin’ rednecks — can wipe out any species almost overnight. That’s why so many of them need protection. So... offer a reward on pythons. Let’s see if it’s true.


14 posted on 05/17/2008 7:11:56 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: restornu

15 posted on 05/17/2008 7:12:33 PM PDT by fso301
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I saw one of these monsters coiled up once and I thought I was looking at a bean bag chair. It took me a second or 2 before I realized that I was looking at a snake.


16 posted on 05/17/2008 7:12:49 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: stand watie

Those snakes also make a magnificent pair of boots,and the wife would love the handbag too.


17 posted on 05/17/2008 7:14:07 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: restornu
Time for a Python tournament hunt. State needs to set up a bounty. Make it based upon length and poundage. Guy who officially harvests the most in one season get $10,000.
18 posted on 05/17/2008 7:14:55 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Will this thread be jacked by a Mormon?)
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To: restornu

“Snakes...why did it have to be snakes?”

- Indiana Jones
Raiders of the Lost Ark


19 posted on 05/17/2008 7:17:15 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Southerngl
This just confirms my doubts of camping in south Georgia this summer

I'd worry more about the mosquitos and ticks. Florida South of Lake Okechobee has a tropical climate. Nuisance species generally don't far well North of the Lake where temperatures can dip well below freezing during Winter.

20 posted on 05/17/2008 7:17:47 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Farmer Dean
like me, you really aren't close enough to FL for this to make a "dollar-wise sense deal".

BUT if i was there, the pythons would be "in serious danger" from my crossbow!!! my new deep freeze is nearly empty, awaiting deer season to open 9/15/08!!!

free dixie,sw

21 posted on 05/17/2008 7:19:59 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: Southerngl

I guess they will have to introduce anacondas to florida to keep the pythons in check.

hehe


22 posted on 05/17/2008 7:20:08 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar

Asps.

Very dangerous.

YOU go first.....


23 posted on 05/17/2008 7:20:36 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Real Republicans do not have a barbed wire rash from sitting on the fence./GOP '08,- NO Soup for YOU)
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To: Farmer Dean
Those snakes also make a magnificent pair of boots,and the wife would love the handbag too.

The best part is that, as exotics, there is no protection for them. Of course, with 30,000 of them already in the wild we aren't going to run out anytime soon.

24 posted on 05/17/2008 7:21:12 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (All of this has happened before, and will happen again!)
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To: Palladin
"Very scary. The stuff of nightmares."

Must agree. I am not really fond of snakes, but living on a bayou in Louisiana, I have come to certain agreements with the critters. If you are not poisonous and not doing anything threatening, you may live and go about your business. We have a very large king snake that lives in our equipment shed that abides by the rule.

If you are poisonous and threatening, you may meet your maker. Copperheads are very beautiful creatures and I do make extra effort to spare them.

The thought of the water on our property containing 16-foot pythons is just more than I want to imagine. The gators are bad enough, but tend to be rather shy unless you happen upon one and startle him/her.

25 posted on 05/17/2008 7:21:42 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: restornu
Highly adaptable, pythons prey on cats, dogs, hares, foxes, squirrels, raccoons and even alligators, allowing them to thrive in a variety of environments.

What is PETA going to say about this?! Advocate killing large snakes, or to say that the Burmese pythons have the perfect right to eat any other animal they want? We need to get Al Gore involved in this; it must be another part of global warming because everything else is - and with any luck one of the pythons might eat Al.

26 posted on 05/17/2008 7:21:46 PM PDT by xJones
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To: restornu

We have a bunch of stupid people in this world.

Pythons are not meant to be pets.


27 posted on 05/17/2008 7:23:48 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: Ditter

Oh my goodness. I hope it was in a cage or sumpthin’.


28 posted on 05/17/2008 7:23:57 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: restornu

This is ridiculous: as soon as some good ol’ boys in North Florida find out spotted python tastes like chicken, the species won’t have a chance!


29 posted on 05/17/2008 7:25:51 PM PDT by Redbob (WWJBD - "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: restornu

Libtard media used a pic of a Boa constrictor


30 posted on 05/17/2008 7:26:43 PM PDT by Luigi Vasellini (What do you call 2 toddlers and some duct tape??........muslim body armor!!!!!!!)
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To: restornu

Giant Pythons could yield a lot of tasty meat for a clever Chinese cook.
_____________________________

Snake Meat Shreds Soup
Chinese Soup!

150g done snake meat
egg shreds
pork shreds
dried mushroom shreds
white fungus shreds
dried longan pulp
dried orange peel grains
delicious soup
dark soy
rice wine
salt
sugar
pepper
gourmet powder
watered starch
chive oil
sesame oil

1. Clean the killed snake. Put it in boiling water, then add chives, ginger, wine, and stew for half an hour. Take the meat and tear it into shreds. Steam them together with the chives, ginger, wine, and delicous soup for 2 hours.

2. Put the snake meat shreds and the seasonings in 1000g delicious soup in a pot. Braise them to boiling and then take away the foam. Add gourmet powder, watered starch to make paste. Pour in chive oil, sesame oil and place them in a casserole together with crisp chips, chive shreds, ginger shreds, fruit peel shreds, white chrysanthemum, and other seasonings.

Click on Shanghai on Internet for more great Chinese Recipes!


31 posted on 05/17/2008 7:27:06 PM PDT by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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To: Redbob

I thought this was another apocalyptic global warming thread.


32 posted on 05/17/2008 7:28:36 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: xJones
we can HOPE!

otoh, where would you find a python BIG enough to swallow FAT AL.

free dixie,sw

33 posted on 05/17/2008 7:30:37 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

No the giant monster was sleeping in the ladies restroom of an art supply store in Santa Fe NM. It was the store owners pet and it’s cage was being cleaned. The RR door wasn’t locked but there was a sign that said OUT OF ORDER. All I wanted to do was wash my hands so naturally I ignored the sign. I almost had a heart attack. Who would expect something like that in the ladies room?


34 posted on 05/17/2008 7:30:50 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Redbob
see #12.

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35 posted on 05/17/2008 7:32:27 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: restornu
If a jaguar can kill and eat a 300 lb anaconda, a Florida Panther should be able to make a meal out of a large python.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBebLguAfwg

36 posted on 05/17/2008 7:33:50 PM PDT by fso301
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To: garjog

“gourmet powder” Is that another name for MSG?


37 posted on 05/17/2008 7:34:48 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: restornu
Burmese pythons from Myanmar that were brought over as pets and then turned loose in the wild.

You have to wonder what kind of gibbering idiot a) wants these things for pets and b) thinks it would be a smart idea to turn them loose after their little pea brains get tired of their "pets."

One more example of why ignorance is a moral issue.

38 posted on 05/17/2008 7:39:53 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Southerngl

Before the pythons, all the woodland creatures out there were sweet little things.

39 posted on 05/17/2008 7:41:25 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: restornu
Oh Boy! The 6' gator behind our house disappeared, could it be?? I hope these pythons like armadillos? BTW, my wife and daughter got startled by a 2 1/2' black snake in the garage, I guess they would have fainted if it was a 15' python.
40 posted on 05/17/2008 7:43:31 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Where have all our Great Leaders gone? Certainly there must be one out there?)
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To: Ditter

No, I would not have expected that!


41 posted on 05/17/2008 7:46:46 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: hinckley buzzard
You have to wonder what kind of gibbering idiot ... thinks it would be a smart idea to turn them loose after their little pea brains get tired of their "pets."

In most cases they escape rather than being turned loose. Snakes, especially pythons, are very strong and hard to contain. Someone I used to know of had snakes and when they got too big I heard that he sold them because they were quite valuable. No doubt, some of them have been released by ignorant folks, but considering the way they reproduce, it wouldn't take very many to start a feral population.

42 posted on 05/17/2008 7:55:43 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: mamelukesabre; restornu
I guess they will have to introduce anacondas to florida to keep the pythons in check.

I suggest introducing Cajuns!

Hmmm...I wonder if python etouffee would be any good...

Or maybe deep-fried python...

Python jambalaya....

43 posted on 05/17/2008 7:57:59 PM PDT by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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To: restornu
When a python tried to eat an alligator in the Everglades....


44 posted on 05/17/2008 8:08:27 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: TheLion
Except for maybe an alligator, they have no enemies.

Cowboys. They look like they'd make a nice pair of boots.

45 posted on 05/17/2008 8:09:34 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

that is the scariest, most disgusting picture I think I’ve ever seen


46 posted on 05/17/2008 8:14:17 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: EDINVA
Here is another pic of the same boy and his snake 4 years earlier than the previous photo. That snake grew considerably in those years.

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47 posted on 05/17/2008 8:18:47 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: The South Texan

>>We have a bunch of stupid people in this world. Pythons are not meant to be pets.

Well, that’s not where the stoopid kicks in. When Horace (I assume these fools name ‘em) the snake is a little guy, it’s cool to see him chomp down on a lizard or grasshopper; but when he gets beyond the mouse and rat stage, that’s another thing.

The owners (whoops, sorry: companions) run down the Tamiami trail, and to the tune of “Born Free” wave goodbye to a 10’ Horace. That’s when it’s stoopid. We’ve got lotsa good Chinese restaurants in Miami - why not give Horace a big sendoff party - with him as the guest (dish) of honor?


48 posted on 05/17/2008 8:19:21 PM PDT by QBFimi2 (Ve are the New World Order; ve bring to the world dis-order. Spike Jones, 1943.)
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To: Travis McGee
Snake coughs up Hippo ^

Now that's a meal!

49 posted on 05/17/2008 8:25:58 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: TheLion

Except for maybe an alligator, they have no enemies.

How about a .12 ga. shotgun? Would that be enough of an “enemy”?


50 posted on 05/17/2008 8:48:01 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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