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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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To: Palladin

I shudder just reading this. I HATE snakes.


51 posted on 05/17/2008 9:17:01 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Are you trying to make sure I don’t sleep tonite ?


52 posted on 05/17/2008 9:24:33 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: EDINVA

Of course not ... please sleep well. (darn, I had the best pic of python teeth I wanted to post)


53 posted on 05/17/2008 9:30:29 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Travis McGee
Fightin’ over a niche.

I hope they both lose!

Yuck!

54 posted on 05/17/2008 9:34:22 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That kids parents are idiots. That snake could turn around and eat that child on any given day. They have four sets of dagger-like backward-tilting needle-sharp teeth, each about 2” long. Once that snake puts the chomp on that kid, he’s going down.


55 posted on 05/17/2008 9:53:19 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: bannie

I hope the gators win that niche battle. I hate illegal aliens invader reptiles. I’m a gator nativist.


56 posted on 05/17/2008 9:55:16 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Travis McGee
Yes, I know.

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57 posted on 05/17/2008 9:58:21 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Travis McGee

rip open


58 posted on 05/17/2008 9:59:56 PM PDT by restornu (The Opposition spends all its time "playing goalie" hoping others will not READ the BOOK OF MORMON!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That’s a nasty little one-way ticket there.


59 posted on 05/17/2008 10:32:02 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: uglybiker
Naw, boo, yo tak de pyton, cut into 4-6 inch steaks, marinad dose boys fo' 6-8 houares in red wine, ginger, garlic, lil cilantro, some sesame oil. Den yo sear in dat real hot pan, season w/de cumin an de sesame seed, smokin', 30 second a side, den yo grill fo 8-10 minute on de medium coals.

Somgood eatin', cher, oh ya. Try out yo ownself!

60 posted on 05/17/2008 10:45:19 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: vetvetdoug

just don’t get on any plane in south florida anytime soon...


61 posted on 05/18/2008 12:00:19 AM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic--Shall be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure Society!)
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To: restornu
"Highly adaptable, pythons prey on cats,"

Can't be all bad!

62 posted on 05/18/2008 12:06:49 AM PDT by matthew fuller (Alleged Rev./Marine Wright is BHO's "designated drunk" to hide Ayers/Dorhn.)
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To: matthew fuller

How hateful...

Not if you love Cats!


63 posted on 05/18/2008 12:31:05 AM PDT by restornu (The Opposition spends all its time "playing goalie" hoping others will not READ the BOOK OF MORMON!)
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To: Redbob

Exactly,get them on the menu and the problem is solved.


64 posted on 05/18/2008 5:23:53 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

OMG! I didn’t know they had teeth, I thought they just squeezed their prey to death and then they ate it. They swallow their prey alive and it dies inside the snake. How absolutely horrible!

I HATE SNAKES! ALL SNAKES!!!!!!!


65 posted on 05/18/2008 5:43:47 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: restornu

Let them battle the alligators for dominion of the swamps. Cool but scary story.


66 posted on 05/18/2008 5:56:21 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
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.

Next photo - just the python, with a big lump in the middle.

67 posted on 05/18/2008 5:58:10 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: stand watie
btw, a python "dresses out" at about 70% of live weight. = CHEAP PROTEIN!

That's really a good yield. Every so often I make a chicken/macaroni salad. The last two times I've done it, I've weighed the boned, skinned chicken and been surprised to see it come out to only about 33% of the weight of the raw, undressed chicken. Add in the weight of the skin for those of us who like to eat the skin, and the yield's still only a little under 40% of raw weight.

68 posted on 05/18/2008 6:09:56 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Puddleglum

I was thinking about that.

Wife to husband: “Where’s Johnnie? Did you feed the snake like I told you? Have you seen Johnnie?”


69 posted on 05/18/2008 6:13:46 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

This python swallowed a sheep.

70 posted on 05/18/2008 6:15:24 AM PDT by csvset
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To: uglybiker
“I suggest introducing Cajuns!”

Sine you fired the first shot I’ll fire the second.

All you have to do to eliminate the snakes, is tell all my Cajun buddies, there's only a one week season, the limit's one and they taste like Mud Bug's. Just don't be surprised if they violate the bag limit!

71 posted on 05/18/2008 6:31:17 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road; SAJ
Dey are a wonderment! I gar-awn-tee!

AAAIIIIIEEEEE!!!

72 posted on 05/18/2008 8:04:39 AM PDT by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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To: stand watie
otoh, where would you find a python BIG enough to swallow FAT AL.

You may be on to something: Ol' Fat Albert could probably swallow any Burmese python, and that's how we'll get rid of them!

73 posted on 05/18/2008 9:24:04 AM PDT by xJones
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
His parents say the snake is the child's guardian. I really hope the little guy doesn't come up missing.

If he does it's just Natural Selection.


74 posted on 05/18/2008 9:52:56 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned or suspended.)
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To: stand watie

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

As long as it takes care of the important part, I’m none too concerned if the python’s eyes are bigger than its stomach. ;o)


75 posted on 05/18/2008 4:26:03 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: garyhope

Maybe, but they are very quite and stealthy.


76 posted on 05/18/2008 5:23:03 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: libstripper
i had no idea.

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77 posted on 05/18/2008 6:47:12 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: xJones
TRUE!!! (FAT ALBERT is a rather large TUB of lard. ====> every time i see him on TV i want to holler : WOOOOOOOOO PIG SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEE!!!)

rotflmRao.

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78 posted on 05/18/2008 6:50:06 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: Titan Magroyne
me either.

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79 posted on 05/18/2008 6:51:03 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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