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Snakes in the Home?

Snakes in the Home?

By Chaya Goodman Kurtz, Hometalk

According to National Geographic, home owners in Florida have one more pest to watch out for. If alligators and Burmese pythons were not threat enough to the panhandle’s dogs and cats, residents now need to protect their homes from 20-foot-long, genetically hybrid African rock pythons.

According to the Miami Sun Sentinal, record size African rock pythons have been caught in Everglade National Park, where erroneously released Burmese pythons and cobras have already eaten thousands of animals. Wildlife authorities fear that the African rock pythons will decimate the animal population of the protected wilderness area.

Wildlife authorities suspect that the African rock pythons were released from a pet-breeding facility. It gets me thinking, why would anyone want to keep a ferocious snake in his house? I mean, seriously. One of these things is not like the other: hardwood floor, solar thermal water system, task lighting, aggressive mammal-eating snake!? National Geographic reports that African pythons are so fierce that they come out of the shell striking. Who really wants a pet that could squeeze you to death or could eat your cat?

I mean, I understand wanting an interesting visual piece in your home, but a killer snake? A python breeder reported to ABC News that Americans buy millions of dollars worth of deadly snakes every year because, “It’s an animal that’s beautiful. It’s interesting to watch.” My friends, here is a list of a few non-toxic home decorations that incorporate the spectacle aspect of scary snake ownership, but will never eat your cat:

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1:54AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

2 YEAR OLD KILLED BY INVASIVE SNAKE SPECIES.
Should There Be Stricter Rules for Owning Constrictors? | Care2 ...
by Kevin Mathews; February 3, 2014; 11:30 am ... In an extreme and tragic example, a Burmese python that got out of its container killed the family's two- year-old ...
http://www.care2.com/causes/should-there-be-stricter-rules-for-owning-constrictors.html

1:51AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

I approve -- please kill the snakes -- that may be invasive even to many other places.
ON OTHER LINKS PLEASE DO NOT SIGN PETITION TO SAVE INVASIVE SPECIES OF SNAKES -- THOUGHT TO BE ENDANGERED IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

PLEASE SAVE OUR BIRDS, OUR ANIMALS, AND OUR PEOPLE FROM THESE SNAKES IN FLORIDA AND OTHER PLACES.

THESE SNAKES COULD DESTROY THE ENTIRE BIRD AND ALL SPECIES AND ALL ANIMALS AND THEN THE TRESS -- AND THE WHOLE FOREST -- THE WHOLE ECOSYSTEM.

THE SNAKE CAN RECOVER IN IT' OWN HABITAT. SAVE THE PEOPLE FROM THE TROUBLE OF WALKING INTO THESE SNAKES -- and possibly not surviving an encounter -- such as some people and animals have been killed on other continents and islands where invasive snakes have taken over -- leaving the area with no native species and destroyed habitats -- void of almost all life.

Go for the Saving of Florida -- by killing the invasive snake! Hope you get the snake's eggs too! We need to save our Florida Birds, animals, vegetation, forests, and fields. Title of next article "Will animal rights people lie down to die -- to feed invasive snakes." This time the situation is the snakes OR the forests, fields, animals, vegetation, and people of Florida.

WILDLIFE KILLED BY INVASIVE SNAKE -- CARE2 NEWS.
2- YEAR OLD KILLED BY INVASIVE SNAKE -- CARE2 NEWS.
18.2 Feet! One of Biggest Burmese Pythons Caught in Florida ...
Animals (tags: Burmese python, biggest, 18.2 ft, killed, sad, wildlife ) Giana - 26 days ago ... Thursday February 6, 201

1:47AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

NOT SIGNING PETITIONS TO SAVE INVASIVE SPECIES OF SNAKES -- BECAUSE THERE ARE ENOUGH OF THESE SNAKES -- IN THE PLACES WHERE THEY ARE NOT CONSIDERED INVASIVE. WILD ANIMALS LIKE THESE HAVE A WAY TO NOT BE COUNTED -- AND STAY HIDDEN. DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY THING THAT YOU READ.
THESE SNAKES DO NOT NEED TO BE RESCUED IN FLORIDA -- TO BE SAVED. WE NEED TO SAVE THE BIRDS, THE OTHER ANIMALS FROM THE SNAKES -- MORE THAN AN INVASIVE SNAKE THAT WOULD DESTROY ALL THE OTHER SPECIES.

PLEASE DO NOT SIGN PETITION TO PROTECT THESE SNAKES. PLEASE SAVE THE PEOPLE FROM HAVING TO RESCUE AN UNWANTED INVASIVE SNAKE.

THESE SNAKES WILL DESTROY ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS, BIRDS, TREES AND SPECIES, THAT LIVE IN FLORIDA. IF THEY GET A HOLD OF CHILDREN AND PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES THEY HAVE KILLED THEM.

THIS TIME LET THE HUNT FOR THE SNAKES CONTINUE -- AND MAY ALL HAVE COURAGE TO TAKE ON A PREDATOR -- THAT HAS BEEN KNOW TO EVEN KILL PEOPLE.

7:36AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

In Polish, if someone is tight-fisted, we say that he or she has a snake in his or her pocket.

7:34AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Well said, Mary!

8:58PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Exotic animals should be banned as pets- people just don't think.

4:09PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

I think it would be wise to ban exotics as pets.

3:23PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

I don't understand the mentality of those who keep snakes! Horrible! And having to feed them with tiny little mice and bunnies! Sick!! My opinion and it will never change!!!

6:10AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

scary

1:26PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

wouldn't it be nice if people stopped using wild animals as bizarre status symbols? then mammal-eating snakes would not be such a scary problem..

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