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The Invasion of the Boa Constrictors

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Breeding populations of Burmese python and boa constrictor have been confirmed in South Florida, and there is evidence that the northern African python is breeding in the wild as well.

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mar l ene dinkins (264)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:14 pm
and you alice?????? your comment do not sound to compassionte!!!!! do you like chicken too much??????? i guess you would eat any animal!!!!! don[t you????? would you like go to china?????????????? perhaps this would be the place for you!!!!! your comment is stupid!!!!!!! absolutely stupid!!!!!!

pam w (139)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:26 pm
This is yet ANOTHER case of people irresponsibly buying snakes as "pets" and then releasing them into areas where they should never be released!

It's certainly not the snakes' fault! (Interesting photo....that snake is about to can see why they call the condition "being blue.")

Susanne R (235)
Friday November 30, 2012, 10:17 pm
I agree with Pam! My husband and I watched a news story about this the other day. I wonder if the "pet's" owner realizes how quickly these animals breed and how dangerous this situation is? I don't think anyone would want to "happen upon" one of these abandoned creatures. Small children and animals wouldn't have a chance!

Years ago, when my beloved Aussie was still alive, he was barking in an alarming way in the backyard early on a Sunday morning. I called for him to stop, and he didn't. I realized that his bark sounded like a warning, so I went out to see what was going on. There he was barking at our bird feeder, which sits on a tall, thick post. Wrapped around the entire height of that post was a huge python. My husband was out on a bicycle ride, and the dog was so riled that he wouldn't listen to me, so I grabbed him by his collar, brought him into the enclosed patio, and called the police. As it turned out, the dispatcher had gotten a call from a man who lived on the opposite side of the block. It seems he had a party the previous night and everyone was drinking, and a man who brought his 11-foot python in a burlap sack lost track of it --and it ended up in my yard. She said she would call the owner and have him pick his snake up. In all the excitement, I forgot to stop my husband when he completed his ride and, as he usually does, he rode around the house, into the back yard and found himself face-to-face with the snake. He parked his bicycle outside the patio door, walked in, looked at me and said, "Where did you get the python?" Having served in the infantry in Vietnam, he was very familiar with snakes. I won't tell you what my reply was, but when the owner came, he appeared to be annoyed. My dog was in the patio barking his brains out as he unraveled the python from the post. Then he had the nerve to say, "It's a good thing your dog didn't hurt my "Bruno." I thought about my children and my dog and what might have happened, and my temper got the best of me. I responded with, "It's a good thing your Bruno didn't hurt my dog because there's an axe in my garage and you would have been picking up two pieces instead of one." Needless to say, he didn't thank me for reuniting him with his beloved Bruno.

These snakes are no laughing matter. People shouldn't purchase them as pets unless they keep them properly contained and they should NEVER abandon them!

jo M. (3)
Friday November 30, 2012, 11:06 pm
Marlene, you need to educate yourself before making dumb comments. These snakes are do not belong in the wild in Florida and will wreak havoc with the ecosystem there. We must do our best to get rid of them as soon as possible, if possible.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:59 am
Noted, believe they should be eradicated from there.

Sandi C (98)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:19 am
do they have blue eyes?

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:26 am
This is probably due to irresponsible humans releasing their no longer wanted "pet" snakes.
I sincerely hope that these beautiful creatures will not be hunted and killed because of human stupidity, but that solution appears to be the only one when there is a problem with any creature.

Veronique L (209)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:54 am

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 10:23 am
These are people's pets who either got deliberately released or escaped. They have only two predators - man and gator. Unfortunately the snake is there to stay in Florida. BTW they do taste like chicken and are full of protein.

June M (139)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 10:46 am
I agree with Pam..thanks for posting Cal

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 11:13 am
Why doesn't the article talk about theses snakes also being found in Georgia and Alabama? Don't let your cats outside!

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:19 pm
who cares about native wildlife. we kill all humans after we put Lions in Yellowstone. let a Asian reptiles rule North and South America. start breeding populations of African animals in Australlia, then put some Kangaroos in Madagascar.

"we can't kill teh pythons. god put them in florda for us to enjoy save the python. I love all animals and like seeing them get eaten by non native speciese. because humans are the only non native animal of everywhere. nature takes care of it's self"

wow. animal lovers. I guess it's better to be a jerk and have a tiny bit of knowledge, than to "love animals so much" and not know a thing.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:53 pm
This is the tip of a bad iceburg. This is the problem with many spiecies being brought to non native environments. We just won't learn.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:22 am
Snakes like this should not be allowed as pets without a license and annual checkups on the welfare and containment of them.
The escapees, regrettably will need to be destroyed, as they will wreck the local ecosystem, as many of the local animals would be very vulnerable to them.

Danuta W (1249)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:06 am
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