So how did that big python roundup go?

posted at 5:01 pm on February 17, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

It seems the results are in from Florida’s latest great experiment in environmental adventurism. For those who somehow missed the story, the Sunshine State has been seeking ways to deal with the new, imported alpha predator in their swamps… the Burmese Python. They’re overrunning the state, eating cats, dogs and small alligators, and frightening parents. For a solution, they offered an open hunting season with prizes for the most snakes caught as well as the largest.

Many of us applauded this visionary type of forward thinking. After all, once you’ve essentially dangled a nice check in front of the cast of extras from Gator Boys to load up the swamp buggy with a jug of moonshine, a shotgun and an ax, what could possibly go wrong? The locals responded in droves and they have now tallied up the results.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Saturday that 68 Burmese pythons were killed during the January 12-February 10 competition that drew 1,600 registrants lured by prizes of up to $1,500.

Though the take was small, wildlife officials said their main aim was heightening public awareness of the invasive species.

Saying “the take was small” might be a bit of an understatement. The total came in at 68. If the current estimates of the python population are accurate, that leaves only 98,932 to go. The most prolific amateur hunter collected a check for turning in six, and the longest one caught was 14′ 3″ from nose to tail.

I’m sorry to say that this ship has probably already sailed. Humans change their environment, for better or worse. It’s part of who we are and the technology we’ve mastered. The snakes are now here, and Mother Nature will eventually balance out at a “new normal” with the pythons joining the gators at the top of the food chain. As a species we’ve introduced all sorts of new animals and plants all over the world with varying results. Australia has really turned into a mixing bowl and undergone huge changes, but the continent seems to somehow plod along. Snakes in Hawaii have wiped out a lot of birds. That’s sad for the birds and bird lovers, but they’re largely gone now and the snakes have made a place for themselves. Stopping the expansion of nature is a rather fruitless effort once it gets up a head of steam, and I think the snakes in Florida’s swamps are here to stay.

On the plus side, there was one guy there making snake skins into articles of clothing and charging up to $3,000 for a pair of pants. This could be an opportunity for somebody.


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Hate snakes! Kill them all!

OldEnglish on February 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Put a standing bounty on them and leave it to the most competent who will bring in a lot more than 68.

sharrukin on February 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

It’s the sun. It fries our minds.

BigGator5 on February 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

No problem. Ban them.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

A prize? pfft. When they are serious they will offer a bounty per snake, and once the rednecks learn how to hunt the pythons then it’s game over.

DFCtomm on February 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

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hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Tell those hunting the snakes they taste like chicken and everyone will be out hunting them? One of these crtitters could feed a family for weeks the size of them.
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letget on February 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

For goodness sake! Mankind has eliminated a few species without breaking a sweat, and we can’t deliberately take out snakes that grow 14′ long???

Maybe the problem is there aren’t enough good ol’ boys left in Florida to throw a party without importing half the Midwest on spring break.

But, it’s year one. Sometimes it takes a couple tries for these things to catch on.

doufree on February 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

No problem. Ban them.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I’m with Jim. How could they have missed such an obvious solution?

forest on February 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

An even bigger problem in the glades is crocodiles.
There are so many now they are showing up in canals here in the Upper Keys.
a few months ago one grabbed a dog off a dock. He was relocated but he’s back already.Typical govt. BS. Crocs are more important than people.

story is here;
http://keysnews.com/node/31705

rodguy911 on February 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM

No problem. Ban them.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I’m with Jim. How could they have missed such an obvious solution?

forest on February 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

It leads one to wonder…

If only we’d had background checks on those darned snakes…

Oh well, we can still ban ‘em all to pieces.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Snakes are fine, except when they are in my way. Then they’re not.

Bmore on February 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

If they taste like chicken, fry them up, toss them in buffalo wing sauce and we’ll have a shortage in ten years.

trubble on February 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

At a thousand dollars a snake they could get rid of them all for around $10 million. That is nothing and I am sure they could probably even raise the funds privately. Of course if there was an open bounty on snakes like that, you would have to watch out for people buying pet snakes and turning them in for profit I guess. . . . .

thphilli on February 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Monty Python is still on the loose.
Except for Graham Chapman, of course. He is an ex-person.

either orr on February 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Snakes.

Bmore on February 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Tell those hunting the snakes they taste like chicken and everyone will be out hunting them? One of these crtitters could feed a family for weeks the size of them.
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letget on February 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Actually, chicken tastes a lot like rattlesnake…not sure about python.

ProfShadow on February 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

letget on February 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

They tried that with nutria. Hasn’t worked.

Invasive species is what it is.

cozmo on February 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Snakes.

Bmore on February 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Back at ya.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Actually, chicken tastes a lot like rattlesnake.
ProfShadow on February 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Folks say just about everything tastes like chicken…those people have been eating some bad chicken.

cozmo on February 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Let’s dig a big ditch from Brownsville, Tx to San Diego, Ca and fill it with pythons from Florida.

GarandFan on February 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Put ‘em all on a plane and let Samuel Jackson deal with it.

Mr. Prodigy on February 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

For goodness sake! Mankind has eliminated a few species without breaking a sweat, and we can’t deliberately take out snakes that grow 14′ long???

doufree on February 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

No, because the things are damn hard to find and the Florida wilderness is very thick with vegetation. You could walk within feet of one and not even know it. Besides, the whole point of being a Python is to not let anything know you’re around until it’s too late.

RadClown on February 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Let’s dig a big ditch from Brownsville, Tx to San Diego, Ca and fill it with pythons from Florida.

GarandFan on February 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Yahtzee!

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Solution: Department of Energy investment in Burmese Pythons.

Curtiss on February 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

The way you make this type problem go away is to offer a standing bounty of x-amount of dollars for every python head that is delivered to the local wildlife office.

People will jump at the opportunity to make a buck like they always do and, eventually, there won’t be a single python snake found within a 500 mile radius of the collection area. Done deal…

Mahdi on February 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Put ‘em all on a plane and let Samuel Jackson deal with it.

Mr. Prodigy on February 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Snakes on a Plane in a State

gryphon202 on February 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

On the other hand, we could give them legal status and a path to indigenousness.

Curtiss on February 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

…put a bounty on them…and after a while they’ll be gone.

KOOLAID2 on February 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

On the other hand, we could give them legal status and a path to indigenousness.

Curtiss on February 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Hot Dang!

You’s from da gubmint, and yer hear ta help!

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

One man’s problem is another man’s shoes. So says my wife.

Archivarix on February 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Does anyone think it troubling that the Democrats in Washington State authorized warantless random and/or compliance home inspections by the police in a gun control bill? With the full right to search the entire home, without cause and to arrest for noncompliance with any law? The authors of the bill, who slipped the language via obfuscation claim that it was a ‘mistake’.

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/17/seattle-senate-bill-includehome-inspection-as-part-of-gun-control-measure/

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020373291_westneat17xml.html#.USEXugbndv1.facebook

Of course it was no such thing. It was a deliberate attempt to turn gun owners into criminals just like liberals have done with the rest of the Bill of Rights.
It was caught by a single liberal civil rights attorney. One man. Who wanted to familiarize himself with the bill presumably to support it. The sponsors never mentioned the provision in explaining the bill. Never. Right from the Pelosi/Reid/Obama book of the dismantling the Constitution.

pat on February 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I’ll have to admit; that there would make one helluva pair of cowboy boots, and a hat-band to match.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Snakes? Vote’em all out of office I say!

philoise65 on February 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Monty Python is still on the loose.
Except for Graham Chapman, of course. He is an ex-person.

either orr on February 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

No, he’s just resting.

katy the mean old lady on February 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Does anyone think it troubling that the Democrats in Washington State authorized warantless random and/or compliance home inspections by the police in a gun control bill? With the full right to search the entire home, without cause and to arrest for noncompliance with any law? The authors of the bill, who slipped the language via obfuscation claim that it was a ‘mistake’.

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/17/seattle-senate-bill-includehome-inspection-as-part-of-gun-control-measure/

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020373291_westneat17xml.html#.USEXugbndv1.facebook

Of course it was no such thing. It was a deliberate attempt to turn gun owners into criminals just like liberals have done with the rest of the Bill of Rights.
It was caught by a single liberal civil rights attorney. One man. Who wanted to familiarize himself with the bill presumably to support it. The sponsors never mentioned the provision in explaining the bill. Never. Right from the Pelosi/Reid/Obama book of the dismantling the Constitution.

pat on February 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Then I hope they forget to include the severability. This clause won’t stand in court, and without severability, the whole law goes south.

Oh, and if the law does stand the scrutiny of the court, the good citizens of Washington should start shooting the cops who comply. The country is as good as gone anyway.

Archivarix on February 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

The pythons and gators will probably fight it out for the last species in America-since they have enough common sense to reproduce to survive, unless Florida comes up with Gator and python condoms.
Now there’s a contest –who can put the most…..

Don L on February 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

No, he’s just resting.

katy the mean old lady on February 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

He’s pining for the Everglades.

Curtiss on February 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Back at ya.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM


Amended
for your viewing pleasure Mountain Man. ; )

Bmore on February 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

On the other hand, we could give them legal status and a path to indigenousness.

Curtiss on February 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Please be more careful Curtiss as some of we older burdens upon society have very weak bladders.

Don L on February 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Besides, the whole point of being a Python is to not let anything know you’re around until it’s too late.

RadClown on February 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Boy, that sounds far too much like our in-resident political party.

Don L on February 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Up the damned Python bounty.

Idiots.

You make it worthwhile for American entrepreneurs and those 98,932 snakes will be culled completely.

These alien serpents will decimate the unadapted local environment and need to go.

profitsbeard on February 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

What an ass writing this. Little jerkweeds whine to mommy for a snake then toss it out into the swamp where it wreaks havoc on already threatened species and we’re just supposed to live with it? This is your answer? As a Floridian allow me to say;

BLOW ME

Wood Dragon on February 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

…convince Mooch that they are a delicacy!

KOOLAID2 on February 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Since the beginning of life on earth species have traveled. It’s part of evolution. Only humans are conceited enough to think that we aren’t a part of it.

eaglephin on February 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

On the other hand, we could give them legal status and a path to indigenousness.

Curtiss on February 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Please be more careful Curtiss as some of we older burdens upon society have very weak bladders.

Don L on February 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

;^)

profitsbeard on February 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

There are snakes all over the place in Fla. Focusing only on the Burmese Python is kind of futile.

Also Jazz, while it is true that humans can import animals and alter the ecosystem, it is equally true that humans can stomp out a species as well. It is not without precedent. They just needed better hunters.

Eff snakes. We need a snake holocaust. We need a nationwide snake hunt. With better prize money.

WhatSlushfund on February 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

…convince Mooch that they are a delicacy!

KOOLAID2 on February 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Buh Zing.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I may be wrong, but I doubt it. I believe that the Great Floridian Python Shootin’ Match needs better advertising. Go nationwide with the shit and Florida will have to create a program to get rid of snake-hunters.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I’m sorry to say that this ship has probably already sailed.

Jazz, I don’t believe that for a second. If we wanted to, if the snakes were a real problem, if there was a way to truly make killing these snakes profitable for people, I have no doubt the animals would be eradicated from South Florida quickly and efficiently. We’ve done it before (homo sapien v dumb animal, no context).

Scopper on February 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I read that the average python lays 50-100 eggs. Also the snakes blend in with the natural habitat. Florida has a major problem.

bw222 on February 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Jazz – you really are a lazy thinker.

None of these snakes were “introduced” to these new environments.

The brown snake that has decimated tree lines across southeast asia was a stowaway on freight planes.

The Burmese in Florida is due to hurricanes exploding pet stores.

The only alpha introduced by man’s laziness has been the snakehead, because the Chinese of the MarDel region are senseless a-holes.

You can hunt the Burmese out, but it has to be for a living wage.

1,500 is a jackpot – if it’s all for a one day catch.

Have the state and some wildlife groups pool a 100K salary, plus tax incentives for a small biz startup with 3 employees, and you can cut that number in half.

Hell, Rush himself could finance it. He’s Mr. Animal Lover.

budfox on February 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

We need a nationwide snake hunt. With better prize money.

WhatSlushfund on February 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

How about starting with Democratic officeholders on the state and national level?

bw222 on February 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Only 68 snakes caught? Apparently, the wrong bait is being used. Along the Potomac they use fact-finding junkets to pleasant locales and underage Dominican hookers; works likes a charm.

M240H on February 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Put a standing bounty on them and leave it to the most competent who will bring in a lot more than 68.

sharrukin on February 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

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Dittos.

listens2glenn on February 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

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Order yours now!!!!

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hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

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Wow … Sample’s Used Auto Sales is expanding … : )

listens2glenn on February 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Saying “the take was small” might be a bit of an understatement. The total came in at 68. If the current estimates of the python population are accurate, that leaves only 98,932 to go. The most prolific amateur hunter collected a check for turning in six, and the longest one caught was 14′ 3″ from nose to tail.

Actually, that sounds about right. Pythons are notoriously hard to hunt. They’re difficult to find and even harder to kill. Check out a National Geographic program about the problem. It’s even worse than most people realize.

joekenha on February 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Monty Python is still on the loose.
Except for Graham Chapman, of course. He is an ex-person.

either orr on February 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

.
No, he’s just resting.

katy the mean old lady on February 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

.
AWRIGHT … that that’ll be enough of that.

(Ok, it was kinda funny) ….. : )

listens2glenn on February 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Snakes in Hawaii have wiped out a lot of birds.

Is this true? I understand that there is an issue with snakes in Hawaii, but has it actually reached this level? From what I read anyway, this is the threat, but the threat hasn’t fully manifested itself yet, because Hawaii is extremely aggressive with their snake control program.

I understand they do find snakes every year, but it hasn’t reached a point that “a lot of birds” have been wiped out. Has it? I’m happy to stand corrected, if someone has the sad data.

chuck_pundit on February 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Is this true? I understand that there is an issue with snakes in Hawaii, but has it actually reached this level? From what I read anyway, this is the threat, but the threat hasn’t fully manifested itself yet, because Hawaii is extremely aggressive with their snake control program.

I understand they do find snakes every year, but it hasn’t reached a point that “a lot of birds” have been wiped out. Has it? I’m happy to stand corrected, if someone has the sad data.

chuck_pundit on February 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Mongooe, another invaive critter, are alo after Tweety.

katy the mean old lady on February 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Mongoose

katy the mean old lady on February 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Jazz need to do better research, we do not have snakes in Hawaii, other than the one or two that some idiots try to bring in. I think your thinking of Guam and the brown tree snake.

Pomai on February 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

No more snakes.

Bmore on February 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The country is snake bit so what’s a few more?

docflash on February 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Toll road northeast of San Antonio, TX paying $2 per wild hog tail…motorists plowing into them left and right…all be it, at the price of ammo, that is pathetic…only 2.5 million of them critters left—–in Texas.

hillsoftx on February 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Can’t Sarah bring in her chopper?

hillsoftx on February 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

On the plus side, there was one guy there making snake skins into articles of clothing and charging up to $3,000 for a pair of pants. This could be an opportunity for somebody.

when life hands you lemons pythons, make lemonade a pair of pants!

ted c on February 17, 2013 at 8:02 PM

I think they’ve taken to training dogs on how to sniff them out. Apparently, the dogs have the capability to find these snakes better than they can find bombs or drugs.

ted c on February 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Better the snakes in Floriduh than the snakes in Washington D.C. At least you can kill the ones in Fla.

racquetballer on February 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Toll road northeast of San Antonio, TX paying $2 per wild hog tail…motorists plowing into them left and right…all be it, at the price of ammo, that is pathetic…only 2.5 million of them critters left—–in Texas.

hillsoftx on February 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

LOL, $2? Yeah, the ammo to kill ‘em costs that much.

Midas on February 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

How Ayn Randian of you, Mr. Shaw, to suggest that we shouldn’t concern ourselves with the pythons since a buck can be made.

God help us.

gocatholic on February 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Um. . . . Perhaps this hunt would have worked better in the summer. Not February when most reptiles in the south are hibernating.

Jason Coleman on February 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

No problem. Ban them.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Heh.

Jaibones on February 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Back on topic, 1500 entrants with a paid fee and prize money … and in a month they got 68 snakes? Dang…these buggers must be awfully good at staying out of sight.

Jaibones on February 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

More arrogant ignorant horseshit from Jazz Shaw, posing as ‘analysis’.

rayra on February 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Heh.

Jaibones on February 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Uncle Sugar cures all ills, don’t'cha know.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

“On the plus side, there was one guy there making snake skins into articles of clothing and charging up to $3,000 for a pair of pants.”

In addition to being an opportunity it’s also the solution to the python problem if a real market for the skins can be developed.

Nomas on February 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Bounty is the way to go. Enterprising citizens who are ill-suited to other types of employment and like the great outdoors will regard this as getting paid to have fun.

Jaibones on February 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

The skin is very valuable. I have a very attractive evening bag made from farm raised python. If they can find a cheap enough way to hunt them, maybe they can make it pay. Alligators were greatly diminished by hunting until hunting was controlled, but they’re probably easier to locate in the swamp than snakes. Maybe when the locals learn the snakes’ habits (if they have any) they’ll be more successful.

juliesa on February 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

More arrogant ignorant horseshit from Jazz Shaw, posing as ‘analysis’.

rayra on February 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

It’s called “blogging”. Don’t like it…don’t read it.

Sod off.

Jaibones on February 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Snake skin makes nice cowboy boots too.

juliesa on February 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Up the damned Python bounty.

Idiots.

You make it worthwhile for American entrepreneurs and those 98,932 snakes will be culled completely.

These alien serpents will decimate the unadapted local environment and need to go.

profitsbeard on February 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

FL is clearly not interested in solving the problem. Just publicizing it.

Otherwise how do you explain them clearly stating that the permits gained from entering the contest have all expired. If you want to get rid of the snakes, you DON’T make people pay for permits to hunt them.

OBQuiet on February 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Snakes in Hawaii have wiped out a lot of birds. That’s sad for the birds and bird lovers, but they’re largely gone now and the snakes have made a place for themselves.

Are you sure that you’re not thinking of Guam and its Brown Tree Snake infestation?

jcmorris on February 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

To all of Jazz Shaw’s detractors:

I don’t agree with his conclusions, but were it not for him, we would likely know nothing of this bizarre situation. You should be thanking him, rather than dogging him out for enlightening you to a situation of which you previously knew nothing about.

Don’t be an asshole.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM

To all of Jazz Shaw’s detractors:

I don’t agree with his conclusions, but were it not for him, we would likely know nothing of this bizarre situation. You should be thanking him, rather than dogging him out for enlightening you to a situation of which you previously knew nothing about.

Don’t be an axxhole.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Jazz, when people love the outdoors and are hungry or entrepreneurial they’ll spend their lives out there on the wetlands, leading tours and hunting snakes for skin and food. In Los Llanos they pull 20-foot anacondas out of the weeds for tourists to photograph.

If aligators could be hunted to near extinction, so can pythons. Handbag, anyone? Cowboy boots? Newman’s Own Gourmet Python Soup? Tastes a lot like turtle.

P.S. Piranha is darned good, too.

flicker on February 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I’d say it’s time for Florida to institute the honorable tradition of Whacking Day.

Zoomie on February 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Monty Python is still on the loose.
Except for Graham Chapman, of course. He is an ex-person.

either orr on February 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM
No, he’s just resting.

katy the mean old lady on February 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

“Norwegian Blue…”

Khun Joe on February 18, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Eradicating these snakes is probably as difficult as eliminating illegal voting once it gets established. There’s just too many easy meals to be had — and that just promotes the spread of the invasion.

drfredc on February 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM

If they taste like chicken, fry them up, toss them in buffalo wing sauce and we’ll have a shortage in ten years.

trubble on February 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Maybe the brits can shoehorn them into some lasagne?

NickelAndDime on February 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM

If they were serious, there’d be no season, no license and a bounty paid for each dead snake. What’s happened to all the real rednecks in that state? Looks like this could become the next big reality show.

Kissmygrits on February 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Could we train these snakes to hunt and eat hippies? Wouldn’t that be a good reason to let them be?

Demonized on February 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I hate to pick on Jazz, but there is always something about his posts that nags me and here it is the defeatist attitude. Keep the focus on hunting the snakes, offer bounties, and eventually hunters will in fact be able to cut into the population when they learn how to hunt them effectively. We have found ways to hunt other creatures to near extinction in the past with fat more primitive methods, such as whales, so give it time.

Or we could all just hope for St. Patrick to lend a hand.

Daemonocracy on February 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

If they were serious, there’d be no season, no license and a bounty paid for each dead snake. What’s happened to all the real rednecks in that state? Looks like this could become the next big reality show.

Kissmygrits on February 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Exactly, open season all year round with bounties.

Daemonocracy on February 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Next up: protestors carrying “Save Monty Python” signs… film at 11.

Marcola on February 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

there are a lot of mistakes in this blog

1. the real amount of burmese pythons in the everglades is probably closer to 5,000 not 100,000 and they have no viable chance for survive anywhere besides the most southern tip of Florida. They’re never ever ever going to be a serious threat to anything.

2. there are no snakes in Hawaii, it’s Guam that has the issue.

I keep snakes and have both burmese and reticulated pythons. They can make fantastic pets for the right people and are a lot less harmful than your average dog or cat.

dirksilver on February 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Stopping the expansion of nature is a rather fruitless effort once it gets up a head of steam, and I think the snakes in Florida’s swamps are here to stay.

Since when did Nature become all powerful? I thought we humans were the masters of extinction. Nature channel is all the time showing us yet another species with no natural predator other than humans; said species that is now drawing its last breath.

Two factors account for the low kill count. Limited season and inexperienced hunters. Leave the hunt open all year and post a bounty on the skins. Some good ol’ boys will hang around and gain expertise and skills, identify profitable hunting areas, etc., while killing snakes. No matter how many snakes are there, they’ll clear them out in a couples years.

We’ve done it before and we can do it again.

Cricket624 on February 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM