Invasion of the Giant Pythons
Introduction

As part of an ever popular international pet trade market, and incidentally along paths of human travel, many exotic animals have been removed from their native lands and landed where they are not necessarily welcome arrivals. Among these invasive species are a growing number of Burmese pythons, which have taken up residence in the wetlands of Florida, courtesy of overwhelmed pet owners and hurricane-hit animal warehouses.

Accidentally or intentionally released pythons and other exotic animals, such as parrots, reptiles, and lizards are inhabiting dry as well as wet habitats, and feeding on or competing with native species. Giant pythons are well-adapted for success in Florida, where the habitat is similar to their Asian home. Although they are non-venomous, pythons are among the largest snakes in the world, reaching up to twenty-six feet long. Their size and power makes them one of the top predators in Florida’s Everglades National Park, taking on even the alligators, and posing a threat to many of the indigenous and endangered species.

NATURE follows teams of scientists and hunters as they use their vast knowledge of snakes and their prey to uncover the impact of the pythons on the park’s fragile ecosystems. Herpetologist Shawn Heflick uses some innovative techniques to observe the mechanics of the snake’s bite, while scientists Stephen Secor and Skip Snow employ advanced technology to analyze the ways in which pythons swallow and digest animals that can be more than half their own body size. Watch as a wild python ingests an alligator whole.

Journey with NATURE as it investigates what comes next in the story of the Invasion of the Giant Pythons.

  • Brian

    watched a show on the discovery channel about this…. this is going to become a serious problem.

  • Mike

    Interesting!

  • Betsy

    What are nature’s controls on these pythons in their native lands? Anyone know? Not that we want to introduce more invasive species, but maybe increasing our native hawk , eagle or panther populations would help.

  • Jason

    I can’t wait to see this.

    I would think there is an eco-friendly business opportunity or two that could arise from this sort of invasive species proliferation. Conservation enthusiasts across the nation might like the chance to catch a giant python in the everglades.

  • Bart

    Saw that the recent “cold” weather in Florida took its toll on invasive snakes, lizards and fish.

  • diane davis

    This complete alien species needs to be eradicated from our southern coast lines. They are not any good for any purpose other than to kill, eat, and breed more. They are to dangerous for our ecosystem, let alone humans, or private pets and livestock. A hunting season should become available with the license proceeds given to save the ecosystem that has been in place for thousands of years before these snakes were introduced. If they were here in my state, they would be shot.

  • Ron Bogner

    I am very excited and can’t wait to see this!

  • txwebbs

    I’ve eaten fried rattlesnake, it’s not bad. Tastes like chicken. Like snake-flavored chicken.
    I’m thinking there has to be a business model out there somewhere for grilled python, which would be a healthier alternative.
    Now if we can just work up a tasty recipe for those flying Asian carp threatening the Great Lakes we could alleviate some human hunger issues while significantly reducing the negative effects of those nasty critters. A win-win if I’ve ever seen one.
    Just keeping the options on the (dinner) table… :)

  • NonFloridian

    It might be time to get a python hunting season in Florida. Maybe hold a cooking competition to see who can make the best python platter. Heck, people eat rattlesnake, snails, alligator tail, and more. Probably a low fat meat too, unless it’s deep fried.

  • Please check this out!!!!

    Some months ago a bill was introduced in the U. S. Senate to prohibit the sale of these snakes in this country. It was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson of FLorida. Do you know anybody can go into a store and buy one of these things and have it in your own house, a scary thought, isnt it?? Like the one some idiot had here in Florida last year who got loose and killed a little 4 year old girl who lived in the house, what will it be next????

  • andrea s. newman

    I am fascinated with giant snakes. It is too bad that people who buy these animals are so thoughtless to both animals & people that they would either allow them to get loose in South Florida or are not caareful w/ them.. I watch Animal Planet regularly & several episodes of “Miami Animal Cops” have shown how careless people allow their giant snakes to escape. A few get re-captured, but obviously not all. I think people should either not be allowed to own these snakes at all, or each state should require a license to own one. The only people who truly should be allowed to own them are people like the guy who owns Everglades Outpost, who knows what he is doing!!! I lived in South Florida in the late ’80’s & as an educator I have made many trips to the Everglades. They are, as a poster I have says, “as fragile as glass.” They should stay that way. It is going to be difficult to resolve this problem without needlessly injuring animals,while protecting & EDUCATING the public about the hazards of owning giant snakes.

  • Big Mike

    Did you know anybody can go into a store and buy a cat or dog? Feral (wild) dogs and cats have done far more damage to eco systems in Florida than Pythons. They hurt far more people too. Nobody is on the bandwagon to ban them. Oh no, dogs and cats are cute and cuddly though. All these fear mongerers make me sick. Bill Nelson’s Python ban would do NOTHING to help the problem in Florida. Instead it would destroy a cottage industry and put even more Americans out of work. Something this struggling economy really doesn’t need right now.

  • dangles

    That bill introduced by Sen. Nelson is nothing more than an ‘animal rights extremist’ group’s attempt to destroy the reptile industry. Did YOU know that the bill does not prohibit releasing burms into the wild? Did you ALSO know that the bill does NOT prohibit sales within a state? Additionally, the bill makes no attempt to provide a way to rid the glades of the burms. So tell me how that bill will have ANY effect on the burms in the glades…

    *silence*

    That’s right. IT WON’T.

    You are right about one thing, ‘please check this out!!!!,’ the guy who allowed his snake to escape was an idiot, and deserves a SEVERE punishment as a result. This was HIS fault. The blame should be cast on HIM. Instead, politicians like Bill Nelson and groups like the HSUS are bound a determined to take away our rights to own animals. What will be next? Don’t think your cat and dogs are safe… The HSUS has been open about wanting to put an end to people keeping ANY animals as pets.

  • Derksen

    Someone above suggested hunting and eating these snakes. An excellent idea, but anyone following this for a while will note that these pythons once collected, should probably NOT be eaten. While python is good meat, testing down here has revealed that Florida pythons are astonishingly high in mercury. As a top predator feeding and accumulating material from all prey items, this is also a lousy indictment of the runoff being dumped into the ‘Glades watershed from north Florida.

  • Derksen

    Dangles, you have no “right” to keep animals as defined by either the Federal or state Constitutions. Your pet ownership and sale is currently regulated by a patchwork of city and county regulations, very few of which are ever enforced. Section 9 of the Florida constitution does hand down the mission statement of the FWCC, and that includes regulation and enforcement for conservation purposes.

    Nelson’s proposed legislation is only a start. While you may be a responsible pet owner or exotics rancher, a sufficiently large number of folks were not and either intentionally or inadvertently allowed the release of enough organisms to establish a breeding population of a number of herps species in south Florida. The pythons are just the largest and most charismatic of a laundry list covered in exotics that could only have come form the pet trade. Their irresponsibility is reprehensible, and should be considered criminal. While I am in favor of maintaining some form of exotic pet industry in the United States, those animals should be regulated and registered – and unless the individual registers them as breeding stock, they should probably be sterilized. I recognize that this will be a burden upon the industry, and it will drive many of the borderline herp ranchers out of business. Fine. I am in favor of only having a few responsible individuals to work with rather than the slew of amateurs who grow tired of their hobby or go out of business and dump their stock, or choose to raise and establish a breeding population on their front lawn for convenience.

    Don’t take my word for it. Look at some of the public data on the issue, and then come back and explain to me how the exotics industry as a whole can voluntarily respond to this issue in such a fashion that regulation becomes unnecessary. The ornamental plant industry is mildly regulated, and this practice does successfully retard the spread of and increase detection of invasive non-native pests. It ensures that growers are held responsible for what goes on and comes off their property. Only those following industry-wide established best practices standards survive. It would be good to see similar such regulation applied to vertebrate dealers.

    http://www.evergladescisma.org/

  • ValCor

    Perhaps the recent cold spell down there killed them off! I certainly hope so!

  • John

    I can’t wait to watch this show. Invasive species do damage in all shapes and sizes across the world, but it’s hard to imagine a ‘bigger’ invasive species doing more damage than the python!

    I hope we get serious about their eradication in Florida and down south and spend some money and energy to get rid of them.

  • Student

    I’m a senior biology/environmental science major at FAU in SE Florida and have worked with scientists who go out and catch these pythons in the Everglades. People have had pythons in their neighborhoods and yards; in fact, one was removed from my apartment complex several months ago. They are a much larger problem than any feral dogs or cats. I also think we need to consider an open hunting season and take more drastic measures before their range expands any further. Exotic species are one of the biggest issues currently facing Florida right now, it’s not an issue to be taken lightly

  • Nancy M.

    This couldn’t be a better timing to show about the pythons specifically, i’m so glad you did because my niece had an assignment on the food chain and when we told her that the pythons eat deers, her 5th grade teacher wrote a comment on her food chart that she doesn’t think a python would eat a deer. That really surprised me because they’d brought on animal planet how a python had eaten an antelope in Africa. I’d like to order the dvd so that i can submit it to their class.

  • patrick greffin

    I watched the python show with much interest, and came away thinking that anyone having a Burmese python as a pet deserves admission to a psych ward.

  • I♥herps

    Don’t hate the snake, hate the idiot who owns it and gets BORED with it. This rule applies to ALL animals..cats, dogs, monitors, and bunnies. All it takes is just a wee bit of research on the part of a person BEFORE they rush out and buy any animal. Granted, snakes aren’t lovey dovey like dogs or buns, but all they ask from their person is food, water, and clean shelter. I won’t start on vet bills…let’s just ask for the basics. Passing legislation banning any animal won’t work. Look at guns..people want them..people get, and have them. I would gladly register all of my animals if the law required me to do so. Dog owners do it every year. So what makes my bunnies and my kingsnake so special they don’t need a tag?? I think most herp owners if asked to register their snakes would do so. It’s easier (or so I assume) to throw an animal back into Nature then it is to find it a home. Most people think the animal will do well, in the snake’s case, it has. For other animals, they become prey. Nice thing to do to your pet. It may take time to find a rescue that can take in such a large snake (or insert animal) I guess when someone becomes bored wasting anymore time on an animal is asking too much. Course my rant only applies to animals that have been released by humans not by any natural causes..ex hurricanes..tornadoes..etc.
    OMG that poor bait rat. =( Sometimes I feel it sucks to be a rat.

  • Cece

    I watched this program with great interest as people in Louisiana are keeping exotic animals as pets. Animals that can tamed should not be pets. If an exotic pet owner finds that the pet has become unmanageable they should properly dispose of it – turn it into the local SPCA or other rescue facility. How irresponsible to release any pet, dog, cat, snake or otherwise, in the wild. Here is a viable solution that worked for the Nutria problem in southeastern Louisiana: sell hunting licenses then pay the hunters per dead animal. The large python shown in the program would make me a very nice pair of shoes and a purse. Go get him boys.

  • Kirk

    John, I can think of bigger more invasive species than the python that does even more damage. Any ideas? Homo Erectus.

  • Kellwolf

    @cece Even if they can be tamed, they can turn. How many people are injured/bitten/mauled annually by their own pets? More people were seriously injured by one breed of dogs in a year than have been injured by snakes in over twenty years. Most of the media hype and legislation is based on bad science and lack of education. Dogs are just as dangerous as large pythons as pets. Just google how many people have been bitten or injured by dogs then do the same for snakes.

    I’m all for legislation that works, but adding the 9 species of snakes to the Lacey Act (which is what Sen Nelson and the Dept of Interior want to do) will do nothing to solve the Everglades problem. In fact, it may INCREASE the problem. Very, very few humane societies or shelters are equipped to handle reptiles. What does someone do when they suddenly have an illegal animal? Many will likely release them into the wild, which only hurts more. The proposed ban doesn’t funnel any more funding into FWC to help eradicate wild pythons. It only puts more restrictions on responsible pet owners.

    I’d support something similar to what Florida has in place for their “Reptiles of Concern” as a nationwide law. It’s a relatively new law, but so far it seems to be working. Now longer can “anyone go down to the pet shop and get one of these” in Florida. You need permits, approved caging and an evacuation plan in the event of a hurricane. Anything larger than 2″ must be microchipped (so if some idiot DOES release one, the law can go after HIM instead of EVERYONE) and the permit and fee must be renewed annually. In addition, you must have permits and pay fees in order to sell them. Not likely that PetCo, PetSmart or the other pet stores are gonna spend the money on those in order to get such a small return on their investment.

    Adding pythons to the Lacey Act would also create other issues in interstate travel/commerce. I live on a state line, but my vet is on the other side. It would be ILLEGAL for me to take my boa constrictor to the vet. That’s right. The law would make it ILLEGAL for me to acquire proper veterinary care for her. Don’t really have another option since there are no qualified reptile vets on this side of the state line. Also, that python that would “make a nice pair of shoes and a purse?” The Lacey Act also covers items MADE from illegal animals. Don’t take those shoes or purse outside of the state…..

  • JETZEN

    the horse is another animal that was released N.America and without it our ancestors never would have civilzed the U.S.A. this invasive pyhton stuff is nothing more than exaggerated baloney….the burmese python will never reach apex predator status in the glades. and like the fish and game officer stated “florida is stuck with it…it will never get eradicated” so all the crybabies out there should just get used to it and if ya don’t like snakes then stay out of the glades.

  • Nuttman

    The Burmese is actually very fragile. Any cold spell will cause this animal to get a respiratory infection. If the cold snap has any duration at all, the snake will die. They have no chance of surviving north of the tropic line. Certainly not worthy of any legislation.

  • jeremy

    to an extent I agree, this is an invasive species that needs to be regulated and the wild population should be eradicated. To pass a law making it illegal to buy, sell or trade these animals is definitely not the way to go. If you listen to all the horror stories of the media of course they are going to play on peoples fears of snakes. The fact is more people are killed each year by bee stings than by snakes so I guess we should start fumigating the entire US. I’m sure if anyone took the time to search snake attacks and deaths from snakes compared to dog attacks and killings from dogs you would see there are way more dog attacks. The fact is I am more likely to be bitten by your cute little fluffy mutt than bitten by a snake, I am more like to be attacked and KILLED by a pit bull, rottweiler, german shepard or pretty much any other large dog than by a snake, so I supposse we should be euthanizing all the stray dogs instead of homing them in shelters and adopting out the lucky ones, then we’ll work in a new law making it illegal to own dogs because someone was attacked by a feral dog or wolf….that’ll solve the problem right?

  • Terri

    i personally hate snakes but the burmese python is a really cool species of snake!!! they are really graceful killers in my eyes.

  • Lilika Tameras

    I have lived in Collier County, Florida for over 20 years and have heard the stories of giant snakes in our wetlands. Speaking for most South Floridians, I believe that the importation of giant snakes from exotic places should be completely illegal. People get pythons and anacondas as pets, thinking they will stay the same size as they were when they bought them, WRONG. The snakes end up being too huge to handle and in turn, their “owners” release them into the Everglades. This causes horrible consequences for our native Florida wildlife and discourages tourism to our South Florida National Parks. So, thanks all you Python owners out there :(

  • Frank Hulbert Jr

    This snake can kill children and adults easily! Let loose pigs to kill them when they are young! This is best use of pig population which then can be eaten by us humans! This is a dangerous situation!

  • Rob

    I’m just wondering is this snake issue really an issue or just a scape goat situation to distract the population. If you think about what snakes eat, people are really not on the menu till a snake is of considerable size and by that time your not gona just accidently stumble upon it. As for your child being eatin by a snake that is entirely the parents falt the animals just hunting. Anyone who can argue they’ll attack endangered species, those species are endangered because of what humans have done not because of another animal. long story short the situation is blown out of proportion nature does what it does best and finds ways to survive. the animal populations that come into the situation will do two things first be eatin second adapt and stablize, it’s survival of the fittest and evolution in action. I could probably go on and on about this proving that its not as serious as everyones making it out to be.

  • B.F.Deal

    The story should have covered the large number of wholesalers and breeders in south Florida. Most Burms that are sold in the pet trade are variant color and or pattern that wholesale for $100.00 and up,some are sold in pet stores with responsible shops explaining that the size of enclosure to keep the animal healthy and how often they should be fed. Hurricane Andrew did almost all of the damage destroying the wholesalers shop and allowed escape into the everglades not pet owners. Until eight years ago my wife and I had 60+ reptiles and raised our food and sold off the excess rodents and rabbits to other breeders and we all had to have multiple licenses to do trade with these animals. BTW when we reduced or collection they mainly went to wholesalers and a few local breeders,all of us have dedicated and locked cages and secure snake rooms so there is a lot of misinformation in this story. Sorry folks Thanx BFD

  • Barbie

    I just read that the sever winter spell in South Florida earlier this year killed about half of the Burmese Pythons, so they say it’s a start. I figured that happened, since thousands of Iguanas couldn’t handle the horrible South Florida winter either.

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  • Bob C.

    Nature, in all its forms, fascinates me…however it got there.
    Invasives are not limited to south Florida. Here in the northeast, we have to contend with explosive populations of gray stinkbugs, Japanese beetles, snakehead fish, rat-like Nutrias which were brought here to boost the fur trade, zebra mussels…etc. The list is endless.
    The common thread in all examples is that someone brought them here.
    Don’t condemn the snakes or any animal for just doing what they do.

  • Sharlee

    If regulation is applied to exotic pets, it’d be better to require that all such animals be sterilized before sale than to try to ban them outright and force the trade underground. Prohibiting ownership just gives people another reason to turn them loose; a spay/neuter requirement, possibly with remittance of sales tax to compensate for the expense, would be more feasible.

  • Tori

    I am using the burmese python in an invasive species project and this website has been very helpful for my research!

  • julie

    its not funny when they get out of their cage and strangle a child remember they pure muscle. the one found down in miami under a palm tree was 20 feet long. they can stretch their jaws to eat people anacondas in the wild have been known to stalk researchers.

  • julie

    Hech why don;t you come down to Citrus County Fl and try to catch the 7 foot reptile that has been evicted from under my she not to mention the tegu and the iguana down terrorizing people. that’s tons of fun being charged at but its not funny when its trying to kill you cat also. they have venom in their mouth and the iguana can cause botulism and the tego can remove fingers. any questions!

  • lindifer

    I am an owner of 2 burmese pythons, a ball python, and a red tail boa. I am very informed on snake care, and I make sure that all of my cages are secure. However, it really grates my nerves when people who are too ignorant about snakes try to tell me that I am crazy for owning snakes. Needless to say, I have done all of my research, I keep locks on all of my cages, and if people would get their heads out of the sand for 10 minutes and educate theirselves on snakes, they would see how ridiculous all of this is.

  • Chalyn

    I happen to agree with the person who said that there should be a requirement for permits and tags, and save for breeders, (whom i believe should have to be given permits by the state) the animals should be spade and neutered.

    if responsible people handled the animals then most of the invasive species that the united states deal wth wouldnt be a problem. I dont claim to be an expert, (im only 16) but its simple common sense. I understand that the hurricane would have been a serious setback in the controlling of the snakes, but the microchips would have been a serious help.

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    for the people that think they should not be sold the hurricanes put a lot of these animals free yes some people do let them go which is wrong i think all reptiles should have a info chip put in them so they can have people tracked down who let them go they should put them in when sold .

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  • Bonnie

    Now I remember why I stopped watching Nature. I tuned in to this program and within about two minutes saw “scientists” catching male snakes near a large female in mating season. The next scene was one of the male snakes sliced open head to tail. I’d say the pythons have a lot more reason to fear humans than we have to fear (and kill) them. C’mon PBS, come into the 21st Century: we don’t want to see a bunch of shows where the animals are being slaughtered in the name of science.

  • Kurt

    It seems to me that a hunting season, as part of the solution at least, would be appropriate; alligators are hunted in Florida again, why not the pythons as well? Are they good to eat? Alligator, for example, appears on the menu in many Florida restaurants…and it isn’t even all that tasty, in my opinion. Python skin belts, boots, hatbands, handbags, etc? Python heads mounted above the fireplace? Create a great enough demand and it might be possible to hunt this evasive reptile into near extinction as was done to native alligators, not all that long ago, during my lifetime. Total eradication is probably not realistic, especially if overwhelmed owners continue to release them into the wild. Still, it might be possible to reduce and limit the population size, in part, via hunting. Population control is, after all, one of the purposes behind deer hunting, bear hunting, indeed, any wild game hunting here, in the U.S., in general.

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    IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO CORDON OFF CERTAIN SECTIONS AND FREEZE THE WATERY AREA, SO WHEN THE PYTHONS COME UP, YOU CAN SHOOT THEM. LIKE STICK TUBES IN THE WATER OF EACH SECTION AND FILL WITH FROZEN FREON TO GET THEM ALL TO RISE OUT TO SHOOT THEM, THEN THE NORMAL SPECIES CAN EAT THE DEAD ONES. MIKE

  • reticlover

    who or what do you people think you are talking about. only a few of you know the facts you can’t always go by what you see on tv do me and yourselves a favor and do a little research before jumping to conclusions. the ban does nothing other than make the wild pop larger people are only going to release their snakes. the so called scientists that helped to write this ban lied and falcified evidence to make it look like the python pop would spread. when i heard the drivel that was spoke i just laughed. it is astounding that the python pop has survived this long. i hope that what i have stated has raised at least an eye brow in a blind society. and furthermore i agree with a proposal to legalize hunting these animals. yes i love reptiles but i also enjoy my snake skin boots.

  • charles buzbee

    I’m a lifer in west central florida and I’m here to tell you , we’ve always had huge snakes . Not anything 26 ft. long , mind you , but there are 5 species of rattlesnake and 3 of them are native to florida including the largest , the eastern diamondback . They say the eastern gets about 9 1/2 ft. max . They are wrong ! I have seen these snakes 12 ft. and 14 + ft. long . And rattlesnakes are more deadly by their size because when they bite they chew on you in order to squeeze all the venom from their glands . Also , rattlesnakes are not immune to their own venom so they have to bite something occasionally to expel built up stores of venom . This means , unprovoked , they will go hunting for something to bite . Now which is the worse monster snake ?

  • Tim Upham

    Can “Nature” do a series about how the python population explosion in Florida, is having an environmental ripple effect? They have done this on Guam, in regards to the brown tree snake population explosion. It would be interesting to find out how this is effecting Florida’s agricultural industry. Because if this can be proven, then it will show how business is being hurt by invasive species.

  • Dale

    Can it be possible for a Burmese Python to come to Edmonton, Alberta/Canada?

  • Brad

    The method you suggest, Mike, would need much research and development.** But I like the general idea: Authorities should resort to exotic technical methods if necessary to rid the Everglades of this un-needed and non-native exotic killer pest.

    ** The cooling agent could not be freon, a chlorofluoron. Maybe liquid nitrogen though… (albeit used in some clinically-sophisticated fashion that neither overchills nor disrupts the natural chemistry of the water being cooled; obviously so as not to affect any of the native animal and plant life).

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    IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO CORDON OFF CERTAIN SECTIONS AND FREEZE THE WATERY AREA, SO WHEN THE PYTHONS COME UP [...]

  • Luis

    Maybe we can get some Rednecks to do Python Round Ups like they do with the poor Rattlesnakes…

    :D hehehe….

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  • Richard

    This snake is a big deal and if it gets up to 200 pounds………… well thats allot of meat for many hungry folks. Better to eat them, than to just let them clear out our native animal population.

  • James

    The only thing more pathetic than the gun toting ignorant amongst us who think killing anything they don’t understand is the answer to their manhood, is the government legislating it for them with state sanctioned mercenary witch hunts on an animal that can’t defend itself, and has never posed a threat to humans. Thirty-six of Florida’s best experts on Pythons, tramping around the Everglades for SIX months could only find 37 Pythons, of which 17 were from a mother’s clutch, leaving only 20 adults, all ore most of which were under 8 to 10 feet in length — in what has been SOLD to the PUBLIC for three years is “tens of thousands” “INVADING.” Now, “Public Television” (with significant tax money subsidizing), has to put their camera down at “WORM LEVEL” along side a passive animal that obviously allows them unfettered access without fear (poor snake), so it can LOOK GIANT. You’d think PBS had something more important to put a spot light on, instead of giving in to “sensationalizing” statistic that are blown out of proportion by ten to one.

  • Miriah

    Did you know for $25 and the cost of a hunting license (you also have to take a hunter’s safety course), you can actually HUNT these animals for sport? I say go for it. Eat the meat, and sell the skin. I’d love to have an invasive burmese python pair of heels.

  • robert cremeans

    why dont people start eating more burmese pythons we have alot in florida and have made hundreds of species go extinct because we eat them we are the dominant predator and it would give money to the people capturing them and pay for more people to capture them and at some point in time they will go from endangered in the u.s. to extinct whales pigeons and buffalo had over a 100 million in population and 1 of the three the largest the passenger pigeon went extinct in less then a hundred years and there was more then 100 million of them why cant people eat more burmese python i would cuz to know they are wreaking havoc everywhere they are unless they are dead so hope python becomes the next food on iron chef lol

  • rob

    eastern diamond backs are native to southeastern ohio as well and will rattle as u get close to them just get outta dodge before u see it pythons i heard are eating these snakes and i would rather have sumthing here thats always been here than a python are black snakes can get upto 10 to 12 feet long and only eat rats and rodents and the farmers use these snakes to eat rats and birds stupid pythons better stay away from ohio

  • http://www.bmx-forum.com/u/154137/Monroadder1978 Freddie

    Amazing Episode.

  • Tyler

    i think burmese pythons are scary, anyone think theyll come to georgia???…………..pepino

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