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Python Snakes In The Everglades Devastating Ecosystem

Environment  (tags: pythons, ecosystem, everglades, Florida, burmese pythons, spreading )

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They eat everything, from bunnies to gators. They are almost impossible to spot in the wild, making their exact numbers just as elusive. And they are destroying one of the nations most precious ecological treasures.


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Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 12:42 pm
Because transporting live pythons is illegal, the snakes must be killed in the wild.

According to the FWC’s website, a captive-bolt gun — used to stun animals into unconsciousness before slaughter — is the preferred method. Guns can also be used but require an effective caliber and good aim.

Decapitation is “not the recommended method of euthanizing pythons” but is “an acceptable method of euthanizing large snakes by the American Veterinary Medical Association,” according to the website. Participants in the Python Challenge have an “ethical obligation” to kill the snake in a humane manner and will be disqualified for posting inhumane photos or videos on social media, according to the rules.

How pythons got into the Everglades is not known but it is believed that Burmese pythons escaped from a breeding facility destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It is also likely pet pythons have been released in South Florida. The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated between 5,000 and 100,000 exist in the Everglades.

More can be found at this website below.

May I remind the reader again, pythons are not indigenous to Florida, the pythons can invade other parts of the USA as well and have terrible ecological damage to native animals as it is currently doing in the Everglades at this time.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 1:42 pm
Thx Sheryl, educational article.So pick your choice -pythons en masse, or indigenous wildife, you can't have both in that area. Pet pythons should be prohibited, as should any and all exotic animals!

MmAway M (520)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 1:50 pm
Perfection Sheryl,
Saw this on the news a bit ago...sadly Humans are true idiots and don't care about anything....Just a bit from your news at site.

"The Burmese pythons — which can grow to be 23 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds — are a small part of a nationwide invasive species dilemma. A 2005 Cornell University study found the U.S. spends more than $120 billion each year dealing with 50,000 introduced species of plants, animals and microbes.

Every region has its own problem, Andreozzi said — from kudzu in Georgia to quagga and zebra mussels in the Great Lakes. Coiling kudzu vines are known as “the vine that ate the South,” while the pesky shellfish latch onto boats and damage their motors.

Researchers point to the damage the Burmese python has done as a cautionary tale, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on listing five additional snake species — boa constrictors, reticulated pythons and three species of anacondas — as injurious wildlife. Doing so would ban their import or transportation across state lines without a permit. The Burmese python, Northern and Southern African pythons, and yellow anaconda are already listed as injurious.

The four species already listed and the five that might be added were all proposed for injurious listing in 2010. The United States Association of Reptile Keepers, the United States Herpetoculture Alliance and other groups representing the reptile trade argue that adding more snake species to the list would cripple the pet snake industry and threaten breeders’ livelihoods. But researchers see it as a necessary preventative measure to keep additional invasive species from slithering into the Everglades, an already precarious ecosystem."

I find this immensely disturbing!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 2:09 pm
"How pythons got into the Everglades is not known but it is believed that Burmese pythons escaped from a breeding facility destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. "
However, THAT hypothesis was clearly dismissed, says the article.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 2:14 pm
They've invasive as well as being extremely unfriendly. Exotic pet owners ought to be a lot more careful with what they keep as "pets"

Henry S (0)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 2:15 pm
Most intriguing

Sunday August 16, 2015, 2:15 pm
I must admit that I dont understand the need for this kind of "pet" ... And sadly at the end so called "beloved pet" pays with its own head.. ironic and frightening at the same time :(
Thank you, Dandelion.

Judy C (91)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 2:18 pm
The Everglades ecosystem has been under siege for a very long time, and it's a shame that this is going on. It would be really stupid not to list these and other invasive snakes as a threat just to benefit the exotic pets breeders and those who stand to profit from their trade. Considering how long these snakes live, and how threatening they are to the ecosystem, all efforts should be made to try to eliminate them. Thanks Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 2:23 pm
I saw news articles saying that they got in the Everglades when previous pet owners turned them loose, & some had escaped , & gotten in there.,not sure if it's against the law to own them now, but it should be.Many domestic pets have disappeared too.
I agree with Judy C.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 2:29 pm
However they got there these snakes are dangerous to the whole ecosystem. Is unfortunate, as Ana Marija said, that the snakes must pay for the human beings lack of foresight, but too many other animals are being killed that do belong there, some that are endangered themselves. We don't need anymore indigenous animals, birds and such being killed off by these snakes.

JL A (281)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 3:21 pm
A good example of why it is not good to mess with Mother Nature IMO. Thanks Dandelion

Animae C (508)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 6:03 pm
Thanx Dandelion

MmAway M (520)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 8:19 pm
No words from me Sheryl...I hate this happening!!! Not tracking

Agree With JL A

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 10:18 pm
Like the others I don't understand the need for exotic pets. Very often the owners can't handle them and this is what most unfortunately happens.
Those are some big snakes!
Thank you Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 11:40 pm
It's terrible coz it's not the pythons fault+now they're also being killed coz of human stupidity as usual. thx Dandelion

Gone W (3)
Monday August 17, 2015, 4:55 am
thank you for posting

Claudia A (64)
Monday August 17, 2015, 11:23 am
guess who created this problem ...

Dianne D (490)
Monday August 17, 2015, 12:22 pm
good reason to start micro-chipping everything that enters or leaves the country and including all domesticated dogs, cats, bunnies, etc. This way you can track where these animals are, and where they came from. Those who don't have their animals micro-chipped will be prosecuted and put in prison.

Connie O (45)
Monday August 17, 2015, 12:27 pm
Luckily I moved out of FL before the pythons became a huge problem. I don't know how they can get them eradicated, but they need to before the whole Everglades ecosystem collapses.

Richard S (0)
Monday August 17, 2015, 12:35 pm
The snakes are established; they are right at home in S. Fla., and no amount of hunting will work. Fla. has been trying to rid the state of feral hogs for years, with zero success, so there is no remedy here.. A man,approximately 190-200 lb. human has the strength to match a 6 ft python. After that the snake has the advantage. A 20 ft snake would view a 2 year old child as a meal.

Marian Beth B (58)
Monday August 17, 2015, 1:14 pm
I will never understand why these creatures were ever allowed to enter the country! Whatever it takes to solve the problem is what must be done. And outlaw importation of ANY non-native species.

Roger G (148)
Monday August 17, 2015, 1:59 pm
noted, thanks

Anne F (17)
Monday August 17, 2015, 2:01 pm
what a mess

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 17, 2015, 2:05 pm
... and who's fault is this? The snakes did not asked to be released there. Natasha S. says it all.

Jeff Creech (64)
Monday August 17, 2015, 2:14 pm
I've been hearing about this problem with pythons in the Everglades for several years now and for all the effort they put into combating the problem, the worse it seems to get. Now they're saying there may be as many as 100,000 of them slithering around. Apparently they're very fertile and prolific.

Margarita R (24)
Monday August 17, 2015, 2:31 pm
If a pit bull is not as pet allowed, a snake should not either! ! !

Michelle a (1)
Monday August 17, 2015, 2:57 pm
Yeah, I'm not a fan of snakes, but they have to be controlled!!

Adrienne L (9)
Monday August 17, 2015, 3:05 pm
Thanks for sharing.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Monday August 17, 2015, 3:16 pm
noted am not too crazy about snakes, but its a big problem, created again for the humans, I do not feel too good about cutting their heads, because is not only the pytons the trouble !!!!

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday August 17, 2015, 3:28 pm
In the end it is people who were responsible for them being there I am 99.99999% sure. No matter whether you are a fan of snakes or not they will end up dying because of the stupidity and carelessness of people and now they are going to die for it . Once again animals end up suffering/dying because of what people do/not do.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 17, 2015, 3:44 pm
How much longer can the Everglades ecosystem last with the introduction of the Burmese python? Eventually, the natural ecosystem is going to collapse with the loss of a certain keystone species.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday August 17, 2015, 4:01 pm
I wish all the rich trophy hunters would be sent to the Everglades to hunt these snakes! They can have all those things they want on their walls!

Sheryl G (359)
Monday August 17, 2015, 4:34 pm
I hear you Shira. I know that people are well meaning but they truly need to know the full situation behind what is going on. When snakes are killing off natural animals and some of those animals are threatened and endangered then saving the snakes at the expense of an entire ecosystem and the unique animals that are there is not being wise.

pam w (139)
Monday August 17, 2015, 4:36 pm
As a snake ''fan''..this HURTS my heart! It is NOT their's OURS.

Mandi T (367)
Monday August 17, 2015, 5:08 pm
Humans TY for sharing.

Nicolai L (39)
Monday August 17, 2015, 5:11 pm
thank you for posting

John Lettieri (4)
Monday August 17, 2015, 5:12 pm
Burmese Python will eat anything including you, there is no taste buds. It stinks that there in my own backyard. Dandelion Thank you.

Janet B (0)
Monday August 17, 2015, 6:05 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 17, 2015, 11:51 pm
N&S mate.

JOSE honrado (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 12:04 am
Thanks for sharing. I hope they can control the snake population.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 12:24 am

Bernadette Porter (173)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 1:45 am
This is another fine mess we've gotten ourselves into!! The python population must be checked, but I don't believe in those hunting "festival/orgies" that are promoted to do the job, either!

Thanks for posting, Dandelion!

Roro l (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 2:12 am

Roro l (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 2:13 am

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 2:53 am

Roslyn M (26)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 3:42 am

Sylvie A (190)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 3:57 am
Noted, thanks.

Vikram S (34)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 4:22 am
Thanks for sharing. Noted.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 6:24 am
That is a good one Dianne D.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 6:27 am
Thanks Sheryl.

Thomas M (8)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 8:20 am
Just another environmental disaster created by stupid humans.

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 12:57 pm
Noted - thanks for sharing

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 2:08 pm
Easier said then done Past Member.....and what about all the other animals the snakes are killing. Should we just let them go extinct?

Maryann S (114)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 4:37 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion!

Walter F (128)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 8:46 pm
Thanks Dandelion They're not only a menace to the cco system .They're a menace to every living thing.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 10:27 pm
Thanks for the education on this situation. I had signed one petition to leave them alone, but now I see the entire picture, and agree---they must go, in order to save and renew the entire ecosystem. Good work presenting Dandelion.

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 11:32 pm
I seem to remember about a python killing a young child by wrapping itself around the child. Ugg ! I am afraid they are not to my liking.

Roslyn M (26)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 2:47 am
Agree with Janice Banks' comment. Thanks, Dandelion

Siddharth Bargate (0)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 3:33 am
Thx for info

Rhonda B (99)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 5:42 am
Thank you Dandelion! I agree with my friend Janice Banks.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 8:35 am
" The Burmese python first arrived in Florida as part of the exotic pet trade, and over time made its way into the Everglades as overwhelmed pet owners released the animals into the wild "

People are stupid !!!!!!!!!!!!

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 9:38 am
Thank you Dandelion as I was clueless to this situation.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 10:38 am
Many times you can remove your name from the petition. To find out how to do so for C2 go to this link below.
The Petition Site Questions and Answers

Jo S (619)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 12:22 pm
Noted & shared.
What a terrible problem!
Thanks Dandelion.

Jill P (64)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 9:12 pm
Exotics, both animals and plants are a huge problem in the Everglades and all the natural ecosystems down there.
We pulled out a couple of boas from the park I worked at and donated them to the Museum of Science. people buy pets they should not have and then let them loose in the wild when they become too big to handle.
We have exotic Bufo frogs and lizards there that have almost completely wiped out the native ones. We have all kinds of exotic snakes and even the Caiman, a crocodiiian, which is competing with the alligators for food and space in the Everglades.
Wild hogs are tearing up the habitats as well.
Don't get me started on the exotic plants choking the habitats to death. The Everglades is the most endangered national park in the country. it used to get the most funding and had the longest trainging period for its rangers. Just 12 years ago though they were reduced to almost exclusively volunteers. The researchers I knew were out of work. That was when our economy was "booming" Bush and congress cut back their funding so much. I hate to think what is left of it now.

Jill P (64)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 9:15 pm
I think a better method of removal could be done but killing is just faster, easier and cheaper. They shoot the hogs as well.

Siddharth Bargate (0)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 1:19 am

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday August 20, 2015, 5:34 am
Again, another shortsighted game plan by the Administrations, cutting the funding to our National Parks, such as the Everglades, while passing that money to the most wealthy. Will they go to the Everglades and fix the problem? Highly doubtful.

Jill P (64)
Friday August 21, 2015, 8:05 pm
I do miss working there.

Dianne D (490)
Friday August 21, 2015, 8:54 pm
microchip all exotic's that come into the country and sold at pet stores and elsewhere so you can trace back who is letting these animals fend for themselves and prosecute them.

Amy Thompson (132)
Saturday August 22, 2015, 6:50 am
There is a petition on C2 calling for an end to the snake slaughter in the Everglades, NOT signed by me. I contacted the Swiss author and got a nasty response.
He could only point fingers and say we brought this problem on ourselves. My point is, not ALL Americans did, and why should the indigenous species suffer as the result of a few stupid humans?
These snakes have NO PLACE in this ecosystem and must be eradicated by any means necessary!!

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday August 22, 2015, 7:50 am
Thank you Amy, I had done the same thing. Although some people are well meaning, he, living in Switzerland is not having to deal with this issue.

Why is it so important that the snakes are protected at the expense of the animals that belong in Florida? And it will not only be Florida, there are studies that these snakes are moving and could also live in many States within the USA and will also destroy their ecosystems and their animals.

I also contacted the author who, to me is narrow focused, and as he would not reconsider this is the best I was able to do was to place out some information on this troubling situation. I wish that snakes didn't have to be killed, I wish that stupid people hadn't released them to begin with, but that doesn't take away the problem that now exists. As you said, not all people released the snakes and certainly the animals that are being wiped out didn't release the snakes.

Amy Thompson (132)
Saturday August 22, 2015, 8:10 am
Thanks, Dandelion. My friend, Neil, also contacted the author.
His response was irrational, and included animosity towards all Americans based on the wars in Nam, Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq! I certainly didn't condone what my country chose to do, nor did millions of others!
It seems my kind letter to him only reignited his hatred for everything American.
Describing him as narrow-minded is a gentle way to put it. Spiteful and unreasonable are a few other terms, among others I'll keep to myself;-)

Roberta G (36)
Saturday August 22, 2015, 10:08 am
As much as I hate killing anything, these reptiles need to be eliminated. They are not native here, and they are rapidly destroying the native species.

Away L (76)
Saturday August 22, 2015, 3:45 pm
Thank you Dandelion. It is an informative and balanced insight into a complex issue.

federico bortoletto (44)
Sunday August 23, 2015, 6:54 am
Grazie per la condivisione.

Sara S (2)
Sunday August 23, 2015, 1:26 pm
These pythons are dangerous to humans and animals. It looks like killing them is the only way to save ourselves as well as the Everglades. Why not get hunters to use their skills for a good cause?

Melania P (123)
Friday September 18, 2015, 4:04 pm
And whose fault is this? Humans!

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:10 pm
I think we understand that Melania. But unfortunately it's the indigenous Florida animals, some that are threatened or endangered that are suffering the consequences. The pythons MUST be removed to protect the indigenous to live or else all those animals will be wiped out.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 1:00 am
One positive with killing these snakes would be a plenty supply of food for other animals, I should think. That's one way to look at it.
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