Florida Invites the Public to Cull Pythons

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After years of claiming invasive snakes are destroying its native wildlife, the state of Florida is inviting the public to eradicate the most common troublesome constrictor, the Burmese python. Cash prizes are on offer. 

Python hunt may bring out the worst in people | StarTribune.com

"Hunters are encouraged to dispatch the snakes humanely by severing their heads with a machete or shooting them in the brain. And zany sadistic YouTube videos or Facebook postings from the hunt will not be tolerated.

"You will be disqualified for posting inhumane photos or videos or for posting photos or videos of illegal activities (e.g. shooting from levees) on social media," the rules state."

6 comments:

  1. Sadly, just because they have forbidden cruelty to appear on the media it doesn´t mean it won´t happen. A lot. It makes me sad that so many pythons will die because of human irresponsability. U-U

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  2. Not to be an anal pain in the ass, Gordon, but that's a photo of the Indian subspecies of the Asian rock python as opposed to the Burmese. :) And man, does he (or perhaps she) look pissed!

    @Croconut--yes, it's a shame it had to come to this, but I think they're running out of options. I'm more worried about native snakes getting caught in the crossfire, though FWS claims they're trying to guard against that happening.

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  3. Darn, I thought I had this one right. How can you tell the difference?

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  4. Indians have the light, almost orangey head and lighter, silvery-brown ground color between the chocolate brown blotches; Burmese have a darker, more heavily marked head, and darker coloring, with more or less of a bronze ground color and the brown markings are larger against the background.

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    1. Thanks, James. I certainly like this guy's color scheme.

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    2. They really are among the most beautiful of all the big snakes--and average considerably smaller than their Burmese counterpart (though a large, old female Indian would probably outstrip a young male Burmese.) If I ever wind up living in a state where these guys are legally bred--considered endangered in their homeland, they couldn't be taken across state lines even before the Burmese hoopla without paperwork up the whazoo--they're on my bucket list of snakes.

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