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19 feet! Longest Burmese python captured in Florida

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Florida has a long list of problematic invasive species, from the vervet monkey to the lionfish, but the Burmese python might be the state's public enemy No. 1 so much so that residents will hop out of their cars at night to catch one double the normal size.

A Miami man wrangled and killed the longest-ever Burmese python to be captured in Florida, wildlife officials announced Monday, May 20. The 128-lb snake measured 18 feet, 8 inches long.

Jason Leon spotted the python poking out of the roadside brush late on May 11 as he was driving in a rural part of southeast Miami-Dade County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Leon, who had previous experience with Burmese pythons as a pet owner, apparently got out of his car, grabbed the snake behind its head and dragged it out of the brush. People who were with Leon came to help when the snake started wrapping around his leg. The man eventually used a knife to kill the snake and reported the incident to authorities, the FWC said.

Adult Burmese pythons caught in Florida are on average between 6 feet and 9 feet in length. The previous record-setter, found in August 2012, was 17 feet, 7 inches long. That snake still holds the record for carrying the most eggs a whopping 87 of any a Burmese python captured in Florida. The recently identified beast, now dead, was a female but was not carrying any eggs, according to the University of Florida scientists who examined the snake.

Kristen Sommers, the FWC's exotic species coordination leader, praised Leon's actions and said the agency is "grateful to him both for safely removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture."

But tackling the state's problem with the Burmese python will take even greater heroics.

As its name suggests, the snake is native to Southeast Asia, and it was thought to be first let loose by exotic pet owners in the 1990s. Since then, the population of this nonvenomous constrictor has exploded in south Florida, mostly in the everglades, and it is wiping out native wildlife, such as bobcats, foxes, raccoons and other animals. Wildlife officials have said there may be up to 100,000 Burmese pythons living in the state. A month-long python roundup earlier this year saw 68 of them killed.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013...red-in-florida/?intcmp=features#ixzz2Twz0o6vL
 

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Fire the biologists and put a bounty on the snakes. No bag limits, no weapon restrictions, no licence required cash on delivery.

Snake problem would be over in no time.

Michigan had a feral pig problem, had. No licence no limits kill them with anything ya got. Problem solved without a bounty.
 

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Fire the biologists and put a bounty on the snakes. No bag limits, no weapon restrictions, no licence required cash on delivery.

Snake problem would be over in no time.

Michigan had a feral pig problem, had. No licence no limits kill them with anything ya got. Problem solved without a bounty.
I would never grab a 19ft snake by my self, that guy must be nuts!
 

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Sounds as if the python is native to Florida now...
 

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Fire the biologists and put a bounty on the snakes. No bag limits, no weapon restrictions, no licence required cash on delivery.

Snake problem would be over in no time.

Michigan had a feral pig problem, had. No licence no limits kill them with anything ya got. Problem solved without a bounty.

An old-fashioned bounty hunt is under way, sending a posse of professional hunters and weekend warriors into the grassy wetlands and the cypress forests, in search of the exotic snakes.

They are calling it “The 2013 Python Challenge,” a month-long competition with the intention of removing as many of the powerful constrictors as possible.

There is $5,000 in prize money on the line, put together through donations and a registration fee paid by each participant. Bring in the most Burmese pythons and you take home $1,500. Take the largest python during the event, and the prize is $1,000.

The Florida Wildlife Commission organized the hunt, and its director Kenneth Wright called it “an unprecedented effort . . . to help deal with Burmese pythons.”

More than 1,100 snake hunters have already signed up, taken the on-line training and put down $25 to take part in the hunt.

http://www.toledoblade.com/MattMarkey/2013/01/20/Pythons-attract-bounty-hunters-to-Florida.html

MIAMI, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Florida's first snake bounty hunt resulted in the killing of 68 invasive snakes, far fewer than some hunters hoped, officials said.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said nearly 1,600 hunters took part in the monthlong hunt for the invasive species of Burmese pythons in the Everglades, which closed Saturday.


Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/02...s-68-snakes/UPI-24461361116296/#ixzz2TxAzFSm8
 

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An old-fashioned bounty hunt is under way, sending a posse of professional hunters and weekend warriors into the grassy wetlands and the cypress forests, in search of the exotic snakes.

They are calling it “The 2013 Python Challenge,” a month-long competition with the intention of removing as many of the powerful constrictors as possible.

There is $5,000 in prize money on the line, put together through donations and a registration fee paid by each participant. Bring in the most Burmese pythons and you take home $1,500. Take the largest python during the event, and the prize is $1,000.
I don't think a one-time event that caught less than a hundred snakes is what Irons had in mind. That was more of a silly publicity stunt than a real effort at cutting their numbers back.
 

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If one snake is dropping 97 eggs and there's nothing native eating them ... if there's not that many, there soon will be.
 

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Time to import some mongoose

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With that kind of volume of snakes out there,is their meat and skin of any value?

Like,say smoked Burmese python meat and...snake skin boots etc.
 

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I think there are not as many as they think there are.
I think its a pretty wild place where there could just as easily be more than they think.
 

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I don't think a one-time event that caught less than a hundred snakes is what Irons had in mind. That was more of a silly publicity stunt than a real effort at cutting their numbers back.
BINGO, if Floridians are allowed to go all Old West on the bastids it will be over. Think buffalo and passenger pigeon.

As much as I hate to say this whether or not there is an actual invasive snake problem depends on how many government employee jobs are directly related to there being an invasive snake problem.

If a handful of overworked state biologists had this thrown on their plate in addition to everything else, like the pig problem in MI, the snake problem can be solved.

If there is a "team" dedicated to figuring out the problem forget it, y'all will have pythons forever.
 
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I wonder how many people who have disappeared have been eaten by those snakes.
 

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If one snake is dropping 97 eggs and there's nothing native eating them ... if there's not that many, there soon will be.
They only lay 2-4 dozen eggs at a time and it takes 5-7 years for them to reach sexual maturity. Those babies come out of the egg very small, only 15-20 inches long and they are perfect food for many species out in the swamps. Very few would reach maturity. Throw in a freeze event every 5-10 years and there would be very few out there, especially north of Orlando.

I think the majority of large snakes they find are probably full sized pets that were let go by crappy pet owners.

I think Irons is dead on. They don't want to solve the problem, if they did they would just post a bounty. There wouldn't be any left in short order.
 

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Idiot exotic pet people. :thumbs_down:
Us idiot exotic pet people like our pets. Most of us are responsible pet owners - it is the few bad eggs that get the publicity.
 

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Fire the biologists and put a bounty on the snakes. No bag limits, no weapon restrictions, no licence required cash on delivery.

Snake problem would be over in no time.

Michigan had a feral pig problem, had. No licence no limits kill them with anything ya got. Problem solved without a bounty.
A little common sense goes a long way.

Maybe all that time you spend in the lake in winter is helping?:beerglass::D
 

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A little common sense goes a long way.

Maybe all that time you spend in the lake in winter is helping?:beerglass::D
Naw I've always been crazy. :party30:
 

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Fire the biologists and put a bounty on the snakes. No bag limits, no weapon restrictions, no licence required cash on delivery.

Snake problem would be over in no time.

Michigan had a feral pig problem, had. No licence no limits kill them with anything ya got. Problem solved without a bounty.
 
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Fire the biologists and put a bounty on the snakes. No bag limits, no weapon restrictions, no licence required cash on delivery.

Snake problem would be over in no time.

Michigan had a feral pig problem, had. No licence no limits kill them with anything ya got. Problem solved without a bounty.
You can hunt or trap pigs 365 days a year in Florida I do believe and there are pigs all over the place.