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PostSubject: Visit Florida, Home of 14' Alligators and 17' Pythons   December 7th 2017, 4:32 pm

This was killed 2 days ago in So. Florida. It weighed 133 lbs.


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PostSubject: Re: Visit Florida, Home of 14' Alligators and 17' Pythons   December 7th 2017, 6:36 pm

Every few years theres one of these snakes killed in Florida, probably a pet that someone let loose.

A Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus). Pythons are nonvenomous snakes found in Asia, Africa and Australia. Because they are not native to North or South America, they are considered Old World snakes. Native to the jungles and grassy marshes of Southeast Asia, Burmese pythons are among the largest snakes on Earth. They are capable of reaching 23 feet or more in length and weighing up to 200 pounds with a girth as big as a telephone pole. When young, they will spend much of their time in the trees.

In Cambodia a dipshit Air Force Capt. had a python, one evening some of his guys came to the Sea Bees compound and swiped our pet chicken to feed their snake "Ramrod". About half a dozen swabbies with machetes when to the AF barracks, found our chicken was OK and managed to make Ramrod into short starters. Talk about the crap hitting the fan.

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PostSubject: Re: Visit Florida, Home of 14' Alligators and 17' Pythons   December 7th 2017, 6:59 pm

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Every few years theres one of these snakes killed in Florida, probably a pet that someone let loose.

No Buck, these are reproducing in south Florida. They are not all former "pets." 

They probably got their start when Hurricane Andrew hit  so. Fla. and the Miami area in 1992. It hit a zoo and many of the reproducing exotic species in so. Fla. are results of that event. They have wiped out almost the entire raccoon, rabbit and otter populations there plus put a big dent in deer populations.

Granted some of the pythons are pets that ignorant people turned loose but they would not make up much of the present day python population. It's estimated that the population of Burmese pythons in south Florida is in the tens of thousands.

http://www.reptileknowledge.com/articles/article22.php

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PostSubject: Re: Visit Florida, Home of 14' Alligators and 17' Pythons   December 7th 2017, 7:27 pm

My wife saw a report today about a team of veterans dedicated to capturing and killing this exploding, invasive population. She said one vet said combating these snakes gave him a sense of communal service and purpose he had felt he had lost after leaving the military. 

I also saw a report on tribal snake hunters visiting Florida last January and training folks. They were Irula Tribe from India. They caught a 17' female and 13 others in the two weeks they were here. The article was interesting so the link is below.

"singing snake catchers from India: solving the riddle for finding Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades." - Maimi Herald 1/23/17


http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article128233064.html


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article128233064.html#storylink=cpy

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