Invasion of the Giant Pythons
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Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the U.S., home to numerous endangered animals and plants, as well as alligators. But the park has become a dumping ground for a variety of non-native species, including what may be tens of thousands of Burmese pythons. Some were intentionally released by pet owners, others were set free when hurricanes hit Florida’s animal warehouses. Pythons have moved into their new home with a vengeance, thriving in the protected wilderness and disrupting its delicate ecosystem. Follow scientists and snake hunters as they study the problem and try to find solutions to the growing crisis. This film premiered February 21, 2010.

  • ali thoms

    This was incredible! I hope they (pythons) will not get the upper hand of the all ready dying Everglades. I hope that man will somehow bring the population down. I found it interesting that there are all the these other foreign critters and birds finding a permanent home in Florida to. And thank you for this documentary, i learnt many new things.

    ali

  • John Zlotnick

    i live in centeral florida and i knew about this problem and was happy to see you did have this report on vedio for all people in florida to know this problem,thank you John Zlotnick

  • Sharon Verstraete

    My son works in the Everglades – I’m freaking out and praying

  • Mick Johnson

    Ok, we need to kill all of them to save whatever endangered species in Flordia. Scientists need reality check and stop breeding the pythons in the lab. Forget the scientific research for a moment. What about other native animals? Wipe all of them out! This is really frustrating!

  • Pravin Gandhi

    Thank you for your reporting. I found it extremely educational and watched it with both my children to learn and understand more about this very interesting and disturbing issue.

  • mai

    I find it amusing reading the comments about killing all the pythons in the everglades when it was humans that created the problem in the first place. Yeah some might have escaped during storms or whatnot but, with this much of a population out in the wild the majority is probably pet owners releasing them after they became to large to keep in the house. Killing all the pythons you come across doesn’t solve the problem when humans continue to release them into the wild. I think the amnesty day is a great great way for exotic pet owners to take their exotic pets off their hands it helps a little. I think at this point the best chance is to try to contain the problem to keep it from spreading any further.

  • Varados Sucuri

    The most alarming element about this program is the use of the word crisis in the blurb accompanying the show. The ever so slight implication that pythons are on the rampage, about to arrive in hordes, perhaps at a busy shopping mall or, better yet, and much better copy for trashy local news programs, an elementary school, makes for great entertainment. The unfortunate reputation that snakes in general have been given by unlettered anthropoids is most assuredly not deserved. These creatures do not belong in Florida. They have been introduced by accident and by irresponsible people lacking the knowledge to care for them. Army? Invading Force? …have the tools to kill people……? Who scripted this episode?

  • Emily

    Sounds like what we need is much tighter regulation of the pet trade!!!

  • Joe

    I agree that pets and plants need to be regulated strictly. The video talked about the devastating effects of the invasive species, how they were introduced by careless pet owners, and then seemed oblivious to the obvious consequences of continuing to buy, sell, and keep these pets. The people of Florida should be engaged in eradicating these invaders instead of acquiescing to the destruction they cause.

  • Gary Franklin

    I think the curse should be turned into a blessing. Make boots and handbags and belts from the skins and use the meat for pet food. Man has wiped out species before by trade, I don’t see why trade can’t be used to control a non-indigenous species such as the Burmese. As potent as the stomach acids are, they might be extracted and concentrated for use as drain cleaner. Clearly, some thinking needs to be done outside the box.

  • Kathy Moore

    After watching the show, I can’t help to wonder why the Pythons shown were not killed. Why doen’t Florida allow anyone to hunt and kill them? AND, why are some people in the show breeding them?? Why did they save the eggs which were found? When I visit Florida I’d like to bring along an axe………

  • Dr. Wyman

    I find it depressing that only Varados seems to have a level head on his shoulders about this matter.

    I agree that invasive species are a problem but they need to be dealt with in a proper and intelligent manner and not with knee-jerk, fear mongering and tabloid scare tactics.

    Perhaps it would do the other posters some good to check the link above to the Q&A with Shawn Heflick where they would learn that the vast majority of these animals were not released by reckless pet owners but by the destruction wrought by Hurricane Andrew. I would also suggest that all the people from FL posting saying that we need tighter regulations on the pet trade d such do their research on the regulations that are already in place. Very tight regulations that require anyone who owns one of these animals register with the state, pay for a permit and have the animal microchipped.

    It is unfortunate that the Burmese pythons are in the Everglades. I think the python patrols are a good thing. I also think the regulation system already in place is more than sufficient to regulate people who own these animal. But the out and out nationwide ban on pythons is not going to suddenly make all the Burmese pythons in the Everglades up and disappear. In point of fact it is not going to do anything to help the Everglades. More damage is being done in the Everglades by feral cats and feral hogs and iguanas than is being done by the Burmese pythons. But we do not hear about any of those. Why not? Because there is nothing scary about a wild pig dashing across Alligator Alley, nothing terrifying about a feral cat eating an endangered bush rat, nothing blood chilling about an iguana turning up in someone’s yard. Never mind that, nationwide dogs kill more people in a month than have been killed by feral Burmese pythons in Florida since it was discovered they were there.

    Please do more research on the matter before making a knee jerk reaction.

  • jdilla

    this was very helpful for my science project thank you for doing this report lol tsm

  • mike hicks

    I own two of these snakes owning one of these snakes takes alot of responcibility handling and feeding them including vet visits also , the simple answer is if you do not know what your getting into dont buy them. Get information on the burmese python first or any big snake , i own a rescue for these reptiles and 20 years of knowing how to care for them and respecting them at the same time , PLEASE if your thinking about buying a burmese know what your getting into , this program was great atleast it said that most of the burmese pythons came from hurricanes in south florida , these snakes make great pets but have rules about owning them , i see no problem banning importation of these snakes we have enough breeders in the U.S. to sell the burmese but dont ban the snakes from the responcible snake owners , leave it to the people who know what they are doing with this snake if you want to buy one fine but learn what your getting into also , and dont let them loose in the wild give them to a rescue or pet store or a responcible breeder .
    I hope they can stop the burmese python in the everglades but i dont think they can now people will have to live and learn with them also dont condem all snakes if it wasnt for them we would have problems with rats mice and disease also . learn about them first .
    Mike Hicks
    virginia python rescue

  • Noans

    Thank God, I don’t live in Florida. Dealing with alligators is bad enough. But what i didn’t understand from this piece is why, when the snakes in captivity lay eggs, aren’t those eggs destroyed? I couldn’t believe it when they said they remove the eggs and place them into an incubator to hatch. If they have a python invasion, why on earth do they allow the python’s eggs to hatch instead of destroying them? Didn’t make any sense. Good program on why people shouldn’t buy exotic snakes to begin with. Why isn’t Florida doing more to stop these animals from entering since they said they are aware Florida is the major point of entry for exotic snakes and other animals? Confusing program.

  • perry moore

    i love to watch animals thank you for your work.

  • Black

    wow! at just 2 years they can weigh 200 pounds and 12 feet! thats huge!

  • M. Erickson

    ‘Emily’ said:
    “Sounds like what we need is much tighter regulation of the pet trade!!!”

    I beg to differ. I’d say that what we need a tighter regulation on idiot owners who release their pets into the wild, and seduce people into thinking that all snake ownership is bad and wrong.

    ‘Mick Johnson’ said:
    “”Ok, we need to kill all of them to save whatever endangered species in Flordia. Scientists need reality check and stop breeding the pythons in the lab. Forget the scientific research for a moment. What about other native animals? Wipe all of them out! This is really frustrating!”

    Why is it that everyone who advocates that we get rid of the pythons wants them killed (and/or made into boots, bags, belts, and pet food)? We could just as easily ship them back to their native countries, where they are becoming endangered. Or a Python Rehoming Project could be established to find responsible snake owners to take them in. Burmese pythons are extremely popular as pets, finding the snakes loving homes would be a breeze. In fact, I’m looking for a good Burm right now – I’d take one or two!

    ‘Kathy Moore’ said:

    “After watching the show, I can’t help to wonder why the Pythons shown were not killed. Why doen’t Florida allow anyone to hunt and kill them?”

    FYI, Florida already has a Python Hunting Season. And it’s done not a bit of good, as the pythons are still around, strong as ever. All it’s done is bring death to dozens upon dozens of innocent snakes who, by no fault of their own, have been dumped into a habitat where they don’t belong.

    “AND, why are some people in the show breeding them?? Why did they save the eggs which were found?”

    Because they’re snake breeders, they’re going to sell the babies as pets.

    “When I visit Florida I’d like to bring along an axe………”

    Sorry, but I can’t handle that… Chopping live animals up with an axe?????? What kind of sadist are you???!!!!! Again, I apologize, but I can’t help it, chopping up an animal with an axe is entirely disgusting and inexcusable. I seriously doubt that you’d mutilate a kitten or a puppy in such a manner, so why a python? Snakes feel pain, they have feelings, just like anything else.

    “But what i didn’t understand from this piece is why, when the snakes in captivity lay eggs, aren’t those eggs destroyed? I couldn’t believe it when they said they remove the eggs and place them into an incubator to hatch. If they have a python invasion, why on earth do they allow the python’s eggs to hatch instead of destroying them?”

    Again, they’re doing it so they can sell the babies as pets – Because, contrary to popular opinion, snakes make wonderful pets, and most (not all, but most) snake keepers are responsible people who frown upon those who release their pets into the wild. And besides, it was the hurricane that released most of the snakes, the pet owners played a relatively insignificant part!

    I agree strongly with Varados, Mike Hicks, and Dr. Wyman.

    ‘Dr. Wyman’ said:
    “Please do more research on the matter before making a knee jerk reaction.”

    So much for hope, sadly. A total of three people after you commented with nonsense. Very unfortunate.

    ~ M. Erickson

    Snake keeper and enthusiast

  • J. O’Connor

    I wholeheartedly agree with M. Erickson, Varagos, Mike Hicks, and Dr. Wyman. These snakes are wonderful pets tor those that responsibly keep them. I also agree that the IMPORTATION of exotic animals needs to stop. But the domestic breeding and pet trade should not. There should be more events like the amnesty day to connect people who no longer want or are able to keep exotics with those that can and would like to care for those pets.

    I have been involved with rescue of both reptiles, including green iguanas and snakes, and exotic birds like macaws. They are all wonderful, beautiful animals in their own right. However, people purchase them with no knowledge of the animal that they are buying or the needs of that animal. People see this pretty little green iguana, think it’s cute and buy it without knowing that they become LARGE, sexually active reptiles. When they can’t handle that monsterous reptile, they do things like throwing them away in the cage to starve to death. The rationale is that it only cost me $5.00 so it’s disposable. This is irresponible and CRUEL!!! But we hear stories, being in the rescue business, like this every day. They are abandoned in the cage in dumpsters, left behind in apartments without foor or water, released to die in environments where they can’t adapt, or in places like Florida where they don’t belong.

    RESEARCH your pets BEFORE you buy, PLEASE.

  • Mark

    Invasive species are a problem worldwide. For example, the good old American Black Cherry tree is now a troublesome invasive in Europe. Fast and cheap transportation has dispersed species that otherwise could have spread before only by natural and slow methods. This dispersal has disrupted the balance of species within habitats, threatening the sustainability of habitats and all the creatures they contain. While this process will have far reaching and dramatic consequences, the Earth has gone through numerous mass extinctions before. The question we need to answer is if the cat, or snake, is now out of the bag at this point, if we’d be better off adapting to the invasives instead of trying to block or contain a perhaps irresistable flood of species. We need to have a public policy discussion on how much we want to spend on trying to contain or eliminate invasives. Given the anti-tax mania of Americans, I think many people would give up the fight rather than pay a penny more tax.

  • Steven Ford

    For better or worse, pythons and other exotics are established in the Everglades.
    This is the only place in the United States where you can actually see live pythons in the wild.
    Why not make the best of the situation and use it to promote ecotourism?
    Take a tour (which will help the local economy), see live alligators, pythons and who knows what else.

  • Zachary Erickson

    I can’t believe that video, isn’t it stunning? Those snakes are so BIG! Aren’t they cute! i love snakes don’t you?

  • Danny

    i love snakes. i own 1.1 ball pythons (normals) and 0.1 normal BCI. i am planning on buying a burmese python soon, but unlike the idiot people that put the snakes their, i have 7 months of research under my belt. We cant blame the snakes for doing what they naturally do, for simply surviving. They dont have a choice whether or not they are here, they never got a say. they are doing what nature designed them to do, and thats all there is to it. im not saying that there is not a problem in the everglades, what im saying is that we are persecuting the victim! yes, the pythons are an issue, and yes they need to be removed. but if you want someone to blame, blame the careless owners that released their pet into the wild. dont ruin snake keeping for all of us responsible owners. make permits harder to get, make imports from other countries illegal, i dont care! just dont outlaw our beloved snakes. like dr. wyman said, dogs kill more people every year than snakes. dont take it out on the snakes. dont take it out on us.

  • Daniel

    Put a bounty on the things. $50 per python.
    If 50,000 are brought in, that’s just $2,500,000 paid by the state. It worked for cougars and wolves.

  • robert

    these snakes are realy cool. i think that there should be some teaching about them before they are baught. wasnt there a warehouse that was in the catrina huricane. that let loose most of the snakes as babies. i dont think they should be blamed for being themselves or doing what they were designed for.there are some preditors that prey on the young boas. there alot more evasive animals like the wild bores and large rats the wernt from florida and the kees. is there a hunting season. for the large snakes. what happnes with the snakes that are caught . are the just killed or sent to zoos. what about sending them back to there native lands.

  • Astra

    What about sending them back to there native lands.?!?!?!

    No, they MUST BE ERADICATED in the wild and all future sales BANNED!

  • Perra

    man…..mick johnson……u a f@34K nut….

  • Ben

    This is truly a sad thing. Sad for owners of exotic animals and MOSTLY sad for the snakes. These animals did not ask to get brought here, they were captured and sent here for pets. I understand that it is a problem for Floridians ( I am one) and the native wildlife, but are we not taught that 99.9 percent of ALL species that have lived on this planet have gone extinct. Can we not look past our own “SAVE EVERYTHING” bull and realize that we can’t save everything, OR micromanage it. yes we messed up, as humans always do, and brought animals here from other places, but killing these beautiful reptiles to “SAVE” species and habitat that ,mind you most scientists can’t even agree on is going to be ruined by the snake, seems to be a senseless need to feel like WE actually have the ability to control nature, we don’t, but i guess that makes people feel important.

    OK, done ranting but i can say that as an exotic pet rescuer, I don’t condone buying from pet stores or vendors, There are MORE than enough reptiles out there that need real homes and handlers. Take the time to track down a reptile that is in need of a home. you as reptile lovers are the first line against OUR own demise. We need to stop illegal imports, and stop buying from pet stores that ship reptiles around. If we can help stop the over selling of exotics we can make it easier to own them ourselves. And to the idiot that said he had “7 whole months” of research, ummmm, I’ve been doing this for nearing 25 years, I still learn new things everyday, so yeah you don’t know NEAR as much as you think you do. Trust me throwing around 7 WHOLE months of research just makes you look a little naive.

  • Liz

    Wipeing them all out wont do anything. Thats like saying wipe out all the humans. Why is that any different? They are just trying to live, just like us. So dont kill them!!!!

  • Chico

    Video not available in Canada due to rights restrictions…….
    From now on my Canadian dollars won’t be available to PBS during your membership drives.

  • Nature at work

    I agree with Mai

  • Nature at work

    Ben i agree but think about the natives what about them? Besides if the governer/government cared they’d do something by now because either ther to fat &/or lazy , or they are just selfish & don’t care! But don’t stop helping. What was the saying ”Clean up your own mess!”

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  • Diana

    It seems clear that there need to be strict laws prohibiting importation of these creatures for their sake and ours. It’s not fair to anyone to pollute the environment with such horrible predators in an area that already has it’s own ecosystem and it’s own problems requiring constant monitoring. It seems incredibly irresponsible to allow this kind of importation and breeding to take place in the US. We have enough problems and predators here already without inviting any more in. I hope the eradication can eventually clear the problem up and that good legislation can take care of any future issues in this regard too.

  • Emerson Ward

    Please explain to me why there is a python “SEASON”. If these non-native eating machines are a threat to our ecosystem and they clearly are, why is there a certain time of year that is allocated to hunt and destroy them?

  • Susan R

    “Wiping them all out won’t do anything”…..THE HELL IT WON’T!!! Yeah, they are just trying to live the best they can and it is not their fault they are there now, but they do not belong there and are killing native animals for food. I was hoping they would mainly just be good alligator food, until I saw that some are big enough to kill and eat alligators. I also was thinking maybe Florida should ban exotic pet ownership (snakes, lions, tigers, etc.) but apparently regulations are pretty strict (from what another poster said).
    The time for research on them is over, we know what kind of death and destruction they are responsible for. Let the hunting begin! I would like to go into the everglades with an assault rifle and machete and do my part! They should start wiping them out before they start increasing even more….then other anuimals can feed on their carcasses or maybe snake stew, fried snake, gumbo, etc. can become a delicacy. HOORAY!
    Also, it SICKENED me on the show when then gave a live rabbit to the captive python to eat. The poor thing squealed and struggled to get away. Hope no kids were watching…shame on you for that, Nature!

  • evan speck

    If you ask me they should take evasive species more seriously around the world they should have open season for evasive species year round so they can be removed from the area.

  • James

    how do you get a permit to catch pythons?

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  • Naturelover

    OMG! That was horrible how the little 2 year old was strangled! what kind of sick demented person would even own a python and put it in the same room as a little girl!! I hope she rests in peace.

  • Fick

    I’ve seen some of the most ignorant and naive comments on this video outside of the few clearly educated people who have knowledge of the situation. To the people talking about bringing assault rifles, machetes, and axes- you are truly demented people. I beg all of you to do non biased research and to educate yourselves, because from this person’s point of view, you need help.

  • William B.

    This program was apparently made in 2010 prior to the very cold winter of 2010-2011 in South Florida. A large number of invasive reptiles perished due to the cold and experts believe a number of the Burmese Pythons also died. I personally saw Iguanas (3 to 4 feet in length) that had invaded our neighborhood actually fall out of trees literally frozen even though the temperature only reached about 30 degrees F. I’m glad to say our Iguana population has diminished considerably. However, given the number of eggs layed by a python (as shown in the program) it won’t take the python population very long to recover. The same applies to the Iguanas.
    The problem with controlling the python is it’s abode here (I live in South Florida). It has taken up residence in the Everglades which is a vast swampland, providing food and camoflauge to them and any spotting of the python is purely by accident. You will note in the program the small number of pythons that have been caught and killed even though full time hunters have been employed to hunt them down.
    I believe we are left with waiting for Mother Nature to control the population with a couple of severe winters. The number of invasive species in South Florida is unbelievable, both plant and animal. Large sections of the Everglades have been lost to the Maleluca tree, an import from Australia, brought here in the early 1900’s to help dry up the Everglades. It has proven impossible to eradicate and has taken over large areas of the ‘glades eliminating local species.
    Given our location in Hurricane Alley, the control of importation of animal and plant species must be absolutely controlled. Seeds can be carried for miles in hurricane winds and animals freed from smashed cages. Florida must adapt the Hawaii method of controlling imports of animals and plants otherwise our native environment will complete disappear. I’m not sure it’s even possible to save it at this stage.

  • Alice Bengerhoust

    I say people should just drive over them if they cross the street, or highways.

  • kwhitw

    The best way to eliminate the non-native species is to stop their reproductive process after their capture (rather than just letting them lose to hone in on other of their kind). Hopefully Florida will adopt the Hawaii method of controlling imports of animals and plants otherwise their native environment will disappear. Hopefully it’s still possible to save it.

  • Lisa

    As sympathetic as snake lovers are to these invasive animals from hell, you’re not considering the effect this has on the rest of the country. These hellacious fiends no no borders, so it won’t take long before they are in Georgia, Alabama, Lousiana, and Texas. That’s not fair to people in these states to burden us with Florida’s irresponsibility and the decisions of snake lovers who don’t want to kill the damn things. I say shoot them on sight and burn em, especially near state borders. If the nuts in Miami or the everglades want to make nice with them and have them kill off the native flora and fauna, fine, but why should folks in other states suffer too?

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  • M. Murphy

    Calm down, everyone. This, like most things that have to do with “big” animals reported by popular media, is way overblown. Yes, they can pose a danger to native wildlife. Yes, they don’t technically belong here. But you are all getting a bit worked up over something that has been going on a for a long and you just basically found out about. Even in South Florida, winters can be cold enough to kill tropical animals, like pythons. They aren’t going to invade the rest of the coastline like the idiot politicians would have you believe. And as others on here have pointed out, there are hundreds, even thousands of non-native plants and animals living in the US and have been for a very long time.

    Man, half the people on here come off like part of some crazed mob on a witch hunt. I guarantee this, just stop thinking about it, stressing over it and it will not affect your life one bit. And the dangers to native wildlife, while real, are not as great as all this hysteria makes them out to be. Humans love a good witch hunt.

  • Frank Thoams

    Well, Mr. Murphy… At what point does this become a real problem then?….Facts are facts.. These animals do not belong there… They are threatening native species. I will grant that the chances of an adult being injured by one of these animals is pretty slim.. However, Its VERY VERY likely that a small child or toddler can at some point be attacked. a 8 to 10 foot python can be very difficult for a couple men to handle… just imagine a 75 or 80 pound child encountering one of these animals and it feels threatened… If the State of Florida and/or the Federal Government does not begin a concerted effort to eradicate these invasive animals what I described above WILL happen at some point… Then all hell is going to break loose and every snake (no matter what kind it happens to be) in the State will be targeted..

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  • snake luvr since day 1

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  • Brandon

    We should have a killing day so that the python population can be wiped out

  • ari1029

    i love these pythons! they are so cool! people shouldn’t just release exotic animals if they dont want them. ihate people who give up animals because they dont love them anymore. I think the python population shouldn’t be wiped out like mr. brandon says. they are innocent creatures. they keep the rodent population down.

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  • You

    Reading comments just shows how ignorant people are. Humans are the most invasive threat to this world yet we are willing to wipe out animals for the greater good but natural habitats are still disappearing all over the world because of our consumer demands. I agree with the ban on importing exotic animals. For one, we have breeders here, and two, importing exotic animals means that we are likely importing wild caught animals or encouraging mass breeding somewhere overseas where they do not have humane regulations…. Perhaps they need to make all breeders evacuate their livestock before storms become too severe or don’t allow breeders in areas where natural disasters hit on a regular basis. You don’t see prisoners going on a rampage because all of their cage doors blew open in a storm… Of course it’d be easy for snakes to escape from pull out plastic drawers because someone didn’t take precautions to safeguard their livestock in a disaster.

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  • Rooster

    I say the U.S. Fish & Wildlife,or Florida Dept.Conservation, or just the State of Florida, ought to offer a Cash-Bounty, per Python, Dead or Alive. All these out of work people,w’d be jumping at that. And Hell with what PETA,or Animal Rights groups have to say. The Natural System,especially Food Chain,is being destroyed in the Everglades. I bet some Homeless People,Hitchhikers,etc, have met Death,because of these creatures. I say execute them, otherwise “Put a Bounty” on them, or Regulate a Hunting Season on them.

  • andy

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    Also,they showed a Farmer Field with Squash, what about :Migrant Farm Hands ? Nobody wouldn’t even know what happened to them,and it wouldn’t be investigated because they wouldn’t have the money for an autopsy.

  • Jim

    I know someone that shot a 8 ft. Python,up in Missouri,outside St.Louis,in the woods,in a rural county. They though it was a Rattlesnake,until they killed it. The raised up about 3 foot and hissed before being shot. This was about 7 years ago,in the Summer.
    Was this a local pet,turned loose,because of its size ? Or was this one that made it’s way to Missouri,from Florida ? Our Summers,have became very mild,and they could go in a Den,like Rattlesnakes,and Copperheads,do for the winter.

  • psadie

    So where is the EPA when you really need them? Why aren’t imports of all exotic animals banned except for the zoos? When the pythons have eaten everything in the Everglades, they will turn to the cities and will seek out pets and children and even adults. So I suggest forget the research and have open season on pythons and pay the hunters for every skin turned in before it is too late.

  • MJG

    Well, given the disturbing study published Monday by the National Academy of Sciences, it appears that the invasive pythons are having the worst possible impact on the Everglades. It appears they are in the process of wiping out small & medium mammals from vast areas. It appears that In the coming years the native wildlife in the rest of Florida and the southeastern US will be severely harmed if not decimated. We have go to get super aggressive in combating these alien snakes. Current efforts have been far, far too timid and feeble.

  • Mike

    I really feel sorry for these innocent snakes that got into the everglades no matter how they got there. What about the innocent animals that are gone? They were there first. With them gone what will the snakes eat next? Are my dogs or my grand children next to feed these snakes? There is one simple solution kill them before they spread more OR send 10 each home to be cared for by a member or PETA.

  • bob futch

    If the people in charge of protecting our country would pass a law to not allow any species of animal such as lizards,snakes, rodents and birds into this country, we could keep this from happening. Any doing this such lose their citizenship and put out of the country within 12 hours. We were given a beautiful country and now we are expending tax dollars to get rid of someone’s dangerous pet.

  • Jacob Spanjers

    if we allow people to post such propoganda promoting the fear in which naive Americans have we will indeed all end up consumed by the political control we give our politicians and government officials. The video was educational but it gave the snakes a bad rep which of course causes fear to the uneducated of the people . We should NOT EVER ban pythons as pets nor the breeding nor wholesale we should instead get the word out about how wonderful and sereal these snakes can be when cared for properly . i myself just started breeding ball pythons after being around reptles my whole life and they are great DOCILE pets . In my opinion i believe we should capture the snakes NOT kill them …please research each tye of python extensively before judging ALL of them as i have my entire life….
    to give you all a heads up im only 14 and fighting for rights i wont have for four more years so PLEASE help spread the truth about these retiles and not the initial fear people tend to pass on about these innocent creatures because this problem was caused most likely by hurricane andrew and a FEW unminded owners because we all know that theres no way in hell that this problem couldve possibly been the fault of ONLY those few arrogant owners..
    thank you for reading and remember that there ARE different types of pythons and most ball pythons dont even exceed 5 ft so FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT and the right to even own these magnificent snakes

  • James Bavirsha

    I would like to contact somone in authority with my invention to capture all the invasive snakes and discuss some options in regards to the aftermath of capture with the snakes.

    Who can I contact?

  • Kerry

    Have the rangers and approved personnel catch as many as they can in the Everglades, along with any farmers and city folk on their own properties and have a meat and skin auction. The snakes can be brought in live, auctioned off, then butchered on site and the winning bidder can take home a nice snake skin and a lot of meat. Rules being no live snakes can leave the premises. Man has made several species endangered or extinct so use this trait to get rid of the Burmese Pythons. This is a no brainer. Enough of this it’s “hard” to get rid or control these things drama.

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