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    18-foot Burmese python found in Florida Everglades

    "MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers in the Everglades stumbled upon a near-record-breaking Burmese python measuring more than 18 feet long during a routine inspection of levees on Tuesday, a water management district spokesman said.

    The snake, measuring at 18 feet 2 inches, fell short of the state record by 6 inches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission."

    18-foot Burmese python found in Florida Everglades
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArkRescue View Post
    "MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers in the Everglades stumbled upon a near-record-breaking Burmese python measuring more than 18 feet long during a routine inspection of levees on Tuesday, a water management district spokesman said.

    The snake, measuring at 18 feet 2 inches, fell short of the state record by 6 inches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission."

    18-foot Burmese python found in Florida Everglades
    Poor snake. It wasn't its fault pet owners have dumped pythons in the Everglades. Too bad something can't happen to those people who have caused a huge ecosystem problem because of their ignorant, selfish, and mindless acts of setting their snakes free in a habitat that pythons were not originally a part of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamatutu View Post
    Poor snake. It wasn't its fault pet owners have dumped pythons in the Everglades. Too bad something can't happen to those people who have caused a huge ecosystem problem because of their ignorant, selfish, and mindless acts of setting their snakes free in a habitat that pythons were not originally a part of.
    That's how many problems start with critters .... humans ..... let's just set it free to be wild as nature intended. That's how we ended up with some of the millions of cats living outdoors in this Country .
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    I love it. "Not a state record" for a snake that is not even indigenous here. So sorry for it. Not.

    Wonder how many belts can be made out of that hide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    I love it. "Not a state record" for a snake that is not even indigenous here. So sorry for it. Not.

    Wonder how many belts can be made out of that hide.
    They could have a nice meal too.

    How to Make Burmese Python Nuggets | WLRN

    Miami chef Kris Wessel came up with a tastier solution at a charity dinner this month that featured invasive species. He smoked a 14-foot python over hickory wood for three hours, using its dried, chopped flesh as a stand-in for bacon bits in a mango-and-arugula salad. In a second preparation, Wessel braised the snake in curry spices and stuffed it inside also-invasive Brazilian peppers.
    "Hold my beer and watch this" is a bad thing to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slotpuppy View Post
    They could have a nice meal too.

    How to Make Burmese Python Nuggets | WLRN
    Truly taste just like chicken! Python, the other white meat! BTW, it's also very lean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJumper View Post
    Truly taste just like chicken! Python, the other white meat! BTW, it's also very lean.
    They are just lucky that they saw that snake soon enough, and it wasn't especially hungry.
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    Saw a Natgeo special on this problem and one theory on how they were introduced was the result of a reptile facility that was destroyed during a hurricane rather than people setting their exotic pets free.

    My thought is why not have a tag lottery like louisiana and some other states do to reduce the gator population. Snake skins make great boots!
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    Thirteen Foot Burmese Python Kills Owner

    It's an old story from 1996 but it happens regularly enough to be an issue:

    "Based on a New York Times Report by David Herszenhorn. Thursday - October 10, 1996.

    According to the New York Times, 19-year old Grant Williams of 365 East 183rd Street Bronx died as the result of an attack by his 13 foot long Burmese Python which may have mistaken him as food.

    The victim was found at about 1:30 PM on October 9th by a neighbor lying in a pool of blood with the snake coiled around his torso in the hallway of his apartment building. He was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center. An ambulance crew removed the snake from the victim and it was taken to the Bronx Zoo.

    According to the report, Williams and his 17 year old brother, Lamar, purchased the snake at a local pet store known as Pet City about five months ago for $300.00.

    This attack may be a feeding related incident as a live chicken was found nearby, still in the box. Williams was apparently getting ready to feed the snake, out of its cage. Pythons, like other snakes, have an acute sense of smell. The detection of a food odor such as a chicken and the proximity of Williams to the snake evidently led the snake to mistake Williams as its prey or food.

    This case, like others including cases seen by the undersigned in the E.R. indicate that prey items such as rodents, chickens or rabbits do not have to actually scent a human in order for a snake to attack them. The mere presence of the food in the vicinity can set off a sort of feeding frenzy. Therefore feeding snakes, especially large ones capable of inflicting significant injury or death, should be done with extreme caution."

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    and I ran across an interesting fact sheet about constrictor attacks in the US - seems people have them as pets and they get loose and hurt others many times.

    http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/...ke-attacks.pdf
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