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17' Python Found in Okeechobee County,FL

Discussion in 'Burmese Pythons' started by kcftlaud08, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. kcftlaud08

    kcftlaud08 Elite Member

    I didn't post the link because I didn't know if I was allowed but here is a quote from southflorida.com,
    "State wildlife officials say the capture of a 17-foot Burmese python on private property in Okeechobee County shows why a program to hunt them in the Everglades is necessary."

    Not to start the debate on what to do about the pythons in Florida, but it's kind of scary what's running around down here. The TV report was a little more interesting. The snake was discovered by two boys (I think around 11 years old or so) playing around outside. And all this time I just fuss at my son about keeping an eye out for the gators in the canal when he's fishing! My bad! :)
     
  2. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    Well, I think we can all agree that something needs to be done.

    If nothing else, Burms do have beautiful skin, and are perfectly edible. It's all a matter of principle.
     
  3. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    I absolutely agree something needs to be done! Discovered by two small boys, that is scary!
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    And there is no problem with posting a link to a news article.
     
  5. David McConley

    David McConley Elite Member

    Man, I wish I could walk around and find one of those. I agree something needs to be done about it but, it sure is a shame to see something that large and majestic die because of something people did, be it accidental or otherwise.
     
  6. GoffReptiles

    GoffReptiles Well-Known Member

    I am def a snake fan, obviously. But, Burms are an invasive species in the Everglades and are disturbing the natural balance of species. They do need to be hunted and removed from there. I'm sure most are released pets, but I also recently heard people are thinking some of the population has to do with the floods and hurricanes destroying pet stores and accidentally releasing hundreds of burms...
     
  7. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    It's a little bit of both.
     
  8. Spidermonkey

    Spidermonkey Member

    I agree that a snake that is not native to an area and gets as large as Burms do plus with the amount of damage they can cause. Should be be dealt with by any means.
    But didn't the one of the wildlife channels say after they did their own research on this. That the numbers of large Burms in Fla maybe exaggerated.
    Don't get me wrong just 1 wild hungry 17' Burm in my backyard would be a major concern for me. Just checking to see if anyone else saw the same show.
     
  9. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Was the snake in an enclosure or just roaming around? Was it owned by the guy who's property it was found on? Was it a pet, or a pet that had been let go?
     

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