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Florida Python Hunting Season

Postby FC » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:55 am

what a mess ...

Special season for reptiles of concern

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering hunters a special chance to capture and remove reptiles of concern from state-managed lands around the Everglades. From March 8 to April 17, those with a hunting license and a $26 management area permit may take reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticulated python, northern and southern African rock python, amethystine or scrub python, green anaconda and Nile monitor lizard) on the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger wildlife management areas. During cooler months, cold-blooded reptiles sun themselves on levees, canal banks and roadways to warm up. This makes them easier to spot, capture and remove. For information, visit MyFWC.com and look for "Reptiles of concern" under the Hunting heading.
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Re: Florida Python Hunting Season

Postby FC » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:48 pm

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MIAMI - Alligators have clashed with pythons before in Everglades National Park. But when a 6-foot gator tangled with a 13-foot python recently, the result wasn't pretty.

The snake apparently tried to swallow the gator whole -- and then exploded. Scientists stumbled upon the gory remains last week.

The species have battled with increasing frequency -- scientists have documented four encounters in the past three years. The encroachment of Burmese pythons into the Everglades could threaten an $8 billion restoration project and endanger smaller species, said Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor.

The gators have had to share their territory with a python population that has swelled during the past 20 years after owners dropped off pythons they no longer wanted in the Everglades. The Asian snakes have thrived in the wet, hot climate.

"Encounters like that are almost never seen in the wild. . . . And here we are, it's happened for the fourth time," Mazzotti said. In the other cases, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw.

"They were probably evenly matched in size," Mazzotti said of the latest battle. "If the python got a good grip on the alligator before the alligator got a good grip on him, he could win."


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Re: Florida Python Hunting Season

Postby meat hunter » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:45 pm

I saw a special the other day where they had actually documented a breeding population, not a good thing at all.
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Re: Florida Python Hunting Season

Postby saddaddykiller » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:49 pm

its just a matter of time till we start seeing em down here...ive already seen some pretty weird looking snakes up to 8 feet long..
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