Burmese Python hunt begins in Big Cypress, Florida

July 17, 2009

Florida (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Interior Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has started a hunt for invasive Burmese pythons in the Big Cypress National Wildlife Refuge, which borders Everglades National Park, in South Florida. Program Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement Thursday, The Miami Herald reported. ”We are committed to aggressively combating this threat, including having trained and well-supervised volunteers hunt down and remove snakes,” Salazar said in a release.

Eradicating the python which numbers now in the thousands as descendants of pets released by their owners when they grew too big, will be extremely difficult as they are extremely elusive, fantastic swimmers and they can cover a lot of ground. The permitting program which starts today, will be carried out by a limited number of qualified herpetology experts. Burmese pythons captured under the permit will be euthanized and basic data will be collected such as (location, approximate size, weight, and stomach contents) on the captured species. The initial program runs through Oct. 31.

The Burmese python, is one of the world’s biggest snakes, and can grow to be more than 20 feet long, big enough to threaten the American crocodile, as the top predator in the Everglades. The largest found in the Everglades so far was 16 feet long and 152 pounds. Pythons are likely to colonize anywhere alligators live, including North Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.

Reptile experts captured a 9-foot-8-inch female python just this morning in a western Broward County swath of the Everglades, just after meeting with reporters and state wildlife officials to discuss the impending start of the Great Florida Snake Hunt.


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5 Responses to “Burmese Python hunt begins in Big Cypress, Florida”

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  4. Ben R on August 5th, 2009 7:51 pm

    the constant eradication of these big but magnificent snakes is not needed! These snakes can be rehabilitated into zoos, educational programs, or even be shippid back to their natural and native range(southeast Asia)

  5. Lauren on September 7th, 2010 11:46 am

    That pic is NOT a burmese python and I think its horrible what they are doing. DO I agree with people allowing their snamkes to go free? Not at all but I dont think talking about them as these evil beast is correct either. They are very gentle and to a point loving creatures. I own 2 that are 6 and 9 feet in length so I am not just a tree loving hippie but they don’t hunt down humans we are too big for them to eat most of the time they are just doing what they know to do and its not their fault people are moronic.

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