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#1 Hum

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 00:43

A new prize in the Florida python hunt has been announced and everybody wins.

The two men who caught the giant Burmese python collected a $1,000 prize. The giant snake was released back into the Everglades. And Florida wildlife experts expect the python -- outfitted with a pair of transmitters -- to show them where to find the thousands of snakes hiding in the wild and lead them to breeding females. :shifty:

Two other pythons were also implanted with transmitters and sent back into the wild.

"It's breeding time and females attract males and we have three eager young lads sitting out there with radio transmitters on them who can lead us to the breeding female and we can catch her," Frank Mazzotti, professor of wildlife at the University of Florida who helped organize the challenge, told ABC News.

The Florida Python Challenge ended on this weekend with the round up of a mere 68 snakes. Officials held the snake hunt because the pythons have multiplied into the thousands in the Everglades and have become a threat to native species.

"We've never collected so many pythons in such a short period of time. It really is an unprecedented sample," he said. "It provides us with a sort of autopsy of the wildlife. There's going to be recommendations coming out of this that will help us be able to remove more snakes from the wild."

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:25

The Florida Python Challenge ended on this weekend with the round up of a mere 68 snakes. Officials held the snake hunt because the pythons have multiplied into the thousands in the Everglades and have become a threat to native species.


So I think they should be killed instead of released back into the wild. The only good snake is a dead snake.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:35

^ If you read carefully, they want the released male to lead them to other breeding snakes -- sneaky.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:36

The snakes are actually are being killed. It seems they made an exception to the largest one caught in hopes that it leads them to more to catch/kill. The snakes are a huge problem here and they certainly should be killed on sight.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:40

^ If you read carefully, they want the released male to lead them to other breeding snakes -- sneaky.


They should have loaded this snake with explosives so they could detonate it when it went back to the nest.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:22

^ The nest might be in the basement of an old folks home. :laugh:

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:33

^ The nest might be in the basement of an old folks home. :laugh:


That would be all right. Load the snake with explosives and kill two birds with one stone. :p

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:35

When I lived in Phoenix a girl I know had one as a pet.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:40

that's a great idea! and after that, the iguanas! and then the pigs! LOL

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:47

or the snakes should be exported to china as medicine & food ingredients

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:26

or americans should leave as they are the non-native species doing the most damage to the environment / eco system ....

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 13:10

So I think they should be killed instead of released back into the wild. The only good snake is a dead snake.


Yeah, that would turn out just as good as when they removed all the wolfs from the yellowstone and the whole park nearly collapsed from a broken ecosystem.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 18:15

or americans should leave as they are the non-native species doing the most damage to the environment / eco system ....

Americans should leave? May as well be against humanity post-agriculture.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 23:16

Americans should leave? May as well be against humanity post-agriculture.


i agree we are a virus