Since there is always so much talk about the Burmese pythons in the Everglades and countless people disagreeing with me and others who catch them, I wanted to make another post about it. If you read this and still think that I’m wrong for taking them out of the ecosystem then that’s fine but keep your nasty comments to yourself.
The fact is, that these pythons are an INVASIVE species in Florida and they are eating NATIVE species. They got here because they were common snakes in the pet trade in Florida and a permit wasn’t required to have them until a few years ago. Yes, they were released by irresponsible owners who didn’t realize they got so big but their population really started growing after hurricane Andrew hit in 1992.
They started breeding and they became extremely successful in this perfect South Florida environment. Now, the pythons are being found all over Florida because of their extremely impressive resilience and their well adaptations to their environment. They are growing very fast and start to reproduce at a very young age.
Females lay an average of 40 eggs but have been found with over a 100 eggs! They are eating everything from raccoons, opossums, alligators, coots, herons, ibises, squirrels, rabbits, wrens, rats, mice and anything they can. All the pythons that I catch do get euthanized. I enjoy catching them and knowing that they will not be eating anymore native animals but I do NOT enjoy the fact that they have to be put down.
The problem is the amount of pythons that have been caught is too high for them to be placed in suitable homes. South Florida Water Management’s python program alone has caught over 1,300 pythons in just over one year. Zoos and rescues will not take anymore Burmese pythons and finding homes for this many is unrealistic.
Even if people did take them they would probably be put into a rack or a small enclosure where they will not be able to swim, climb or stretch out like they have been doing their whole lives. (CONTINUED)
Reposted from @reptilerooms
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