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New Python Sparks Fears of a `Super Snake'

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Fears of a new ``super snake'' emerging in the Everglades grew this week during a hunt to track South Florida's invasive python population


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Jean M (143)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 3:41 am
I do not like snakes and this one appears to be growing in population. Don't have any idea why people buy these things for pets and then let them go. Scary if you live in Fla.

. (0)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:01 am
As bad as the recent cold spell was in south Florida, it may have a good side. These snakes are tropical and can’t take long period of cold temperatures. We can only hope that the numbers have been significantly reduced by the record breaking lows of the past week.

Lady Xanadu (48)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:19 am
We only have ourselves to blame, as humans always messing with the natural order of things & wanting so much control by having wild things as pets & this is the end result. Not the snakes fault.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:52 am
This is a serious problem in Florida. I think it is more than high time to start passing bills that forbid the bringing in to this Country exotic animals that do not belong here. People are allowed to buy these just because they have the money, not necessarily because they have the knowledge how to take care of them. You want one of these animals so badly, go to where they live and live among them.

Alice C (1797)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:56 am
A very huge problem in Florida that needs to be addressed !

Thursday January 14, 2010, 9:07 am
I cant believe the irresponible pet owners who have bought these snakes and then tired of them and let them loose. we need stricter laws to not allow exotic pets into our country. why would anyone want a python for a pet to begin with?

Tierney G (381)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 10:22 am
This is scary those snakes have been know to try and eat people too! They need to ban them or be required to have a liscence to keep them. Too many irresponsible people out there. Thanks Lone

Michelle Koeppe (1)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 10:49 am
While I agree with the fact that pythons are not suited as pets & the trade in exotic animals should be banned, these snakes are here now. I find it interesting that humans who are the species most responsible for creating a "super species" with our lack of regard for the earth & its non-verbal speaking denizens are fearful of being eaten by a snake......not to mention that farm animals & unwanted pets are set loose all the time by irresponsible, cruel people & that wreak as much havoc on ecosystems. They are beautiful creatures, which is what I think fascinates the people who own them. A friend of mine has a reptile rescue & some of his pythons are actually seem affectionate! (However, they need extremely specialized care & feeding-- not a good pet.)

Gillian M (218)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 1:51 pm
I admire snakes, they are not nasty & slimy but fascinating. However, they belong in their native countries and not in anybody's care unless licened, such as a zoo or a specialist rescue.

Alien species can cause terrible devastation and trying to introduce a predator can have an even worse effect. With these snakes, even though the weather is cold, as they are so large that it is possible that they can cope with the cold.

Teresa Nemeth (343)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 2:29 pm
take on species out of it's " controlled" enviorment and place it one which has no enemies, it will grow bigger and become more aggressive. Good Grief !, wat a snake....

Mervi R (74)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 4:02 pm
Wow, thatīs interstingand scary.

Nightcat Mau (81)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 6:40 pm
I adore snakes. Wild ones who get this big NEVER belonged in captivity. It is our fault as humans for doing this to them. I feel sorry for the snakes, honestly. They will be hunted down and killed although they certainly did not board planes on their own to get here.

Michelle D (0)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 7:49 pm
That thing is huge

Carmen S (69)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:04 pm
I could not see any actual picture of the snake but just talking about them makes me shiver.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:05 pm
this is a serious problem in the south in general - just like with those giant wild pigs. this is what happens when these exotics that are not native to our nations are transported in from others. we must do everything possible to stop exotic imports of animals.

let's hope the big freeze the south has received recently hasn't damaged the orange groves in vain - let's hope it also wreaks some havoc on the thriving of these exotic predators.

Susan A (14)
Friday January 15, 2010, 2:03 am
Poor snakes are not there by any design of their own. I hate seeing the big ones killed (or any killed), just because they are snakes. They are beautiful and not at all slimy.

Elainna Crowell (174)
Friday January 15, 2010, 2:10 am
Since there are so many of them in the Everglades, I seriously doubt they can be eliminated! So although I don't like the idea of hunting, I believe we should declare an open season on them and put a bounty on each skin. I was shocked to hear that while they were trying to get rid of these monster snakes, pet stores were still selling them. Maybea law should be passed against the sale, import or ownership of any non-native snake!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday January 15, 2010, 3:07 am
I'd so get myself killed, I don't like snakes but I adore animals.
I'd be beating on that snake trying to save that wait, that's not a deer. Is that pic from Florida?
Thank you T

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Friday January 15, 2010, 3:30 am

Shirley S (187)
Friday January 15, 2010, 3:49 am
I wouldn't like being anywhere near snakes that BIG. No way !

Terry B (649)
Friday January 15, 2010, 4:50 am
The biggest problem in Florida is Floridians. Unfortunately the snake illustrated is not devouring one of them.

Letting invasive snakes loose, running over rare leopards and key deer, smashing manatees with boats, they need their population of Homo doofus substantially reduced.

susan w (13)
Friday January 15, 2010, 6:29 am
the snake problem is out of control, my thanks to the brave people for capturing those snakes....but can the 2 different species interbreed?

Freya H (345)
Friday January 15, 2010, 8:44 am
This is what happens when we humans mess around too much with the natural order. Let us hope that the recent cold snap killed off most of the invasive pythons!

Rebecca A (12)
Friday January 15, 2010, 8:49 am
this is not just an issue of exotic pets - I seem to recall reading an article recently about what feral cats have done to displace other natural predators, and the common house cat is hardly exotic! ..and there are exotic pet owners who do properly care for their animals (I'm friends with one, who does own snakes, albeit much smaller varieties - and he would never abandon them! ...though I'm in NH where winter would kill them pretty quick).

as I've said in other articles about exotic pets - this is an issue of RESPONSIBILITY. PERIOD. ..when you take in ANY pet you are agreeing to be responsible for that creature's life. abandoning it should not be an option. and you should know what it takes to properly care for it, how big it can get, etc, before you ever even consider getting it. this is true for any pet - it's just more common with exotics in some places because of their unique care needs (it doesn't mean there aren't people who are capable of caring for them though - it more just means people aren't taking the commitment to take in a pet seriously. )

but regardless of how irresponsible and horrible their actions were, these people have already abandoned their animals and the problem is already here and must be dealt with in some way.

...but once a foreign creature has started to thrive in an area, before you just kill them off you have to also consider what will happen to populations of what they are preying upon when a predator is removed from the environment. I mentioned an article about feral cats in austrailia - they killed a bunch of feral cats and then the rabbit and rodent populations exploded in that area and the pictures presented in the article implied that these 'prey' type animals now that their populations were not held in check devoured local foliage, etc. while this is an issue FL needs to deal with, it needs to be done carefully and in a supervised manner, in my opinion. when it comes to dealing with it, let's be the responsible ones here - even if the people who created the problem were not.

kathryn cook (628)
Friday January 15, 2010, 9:39 am
omg I hate snakes - I hope they all freeze to death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ty for this post

Richard S (0)
Friday January 15, 2010, 10:03 am
Todays conundrum; what if a wild population of pythons is the only thing capable of keeping the feral hogs under control? We know the damage they cause.

Stefani A (0)
Friday January 15, 2010, 12:52 pm
I'm glad I don't live in Florida. It makes me angry that people are so irresponsible with these pets that are illegal. Then they just get abandoned.

Bob D (0)
Friday January 15, 2010, 2:01 pm
Good Story

Past Member (0)
Friday January 15, 2010, 5:38 pm

Good Bye (43)
Friday January 15, 2010, 7:02 pm
This is all secondary to the desire of people to act without thinking when their "I Want That" center in the brain is stimulated. Eventually followed by the cowardly "I can't handle this creature and don't want to be bother finding a responsible way of getting rid of it," feeling. People and wild things are not supposed to live in very close proximity with one another. You can't OWN a wild thing. Many people take them prisoner, and this is the result.

Peace Monger (185)
Saturday January 16, 2010, 3:23 am
Not all of the exotics are the result of irresponsible owners setting them free, many exotics have escaped due to hurricanes destroying warehouses where they were kept by importers; specifically Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Needless to say, I am not an advocate of the 'average Joe/Jane' keeping an exotic which has the potential of colonising the environment if set free; either intentionally or not.

Yesterday, I was reading the newspaper from my home county (Palm Beach), which stated that since the cold spell Florida has recently experienced, 11 large snakes have been caught, at least 1 of them being 14 feet! The article went on to say the recent temps have had an impact upon not only exotics, but native species as well. Most notably sea turtles and manatees and it has been caring Floridians who have laboured to help these irreplaceable creatures. Therefore showing not all of Fla's population is concerned with their personal pleasures at the expense of the animal kingdom.

Thanx for posting this article Terry
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