That's a 10' rock python trying to eat an entire deer. Photo: Alex Griffiths via flickr.
Brian just reminded us that Florida's ongoing problem with invasive and dangerous pythons has some people worried that a new hybrid constrictor might come out of their interbreeding. But as the Christian Science Monitor reports, recent cold weather may help quell those fears:Last Friday the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission urged hunters to use the cold weather to find the pythons as they are forced to come out of hiding and sun themselves on rocks and open spaces.
The official statement read: "All properly licensed and permitted hunters have the authority, if they wish, to harvest pythons and other reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticulated python, northern and southern African rock python, amethystine or scrub python, green anaconda, and Nile monitor lizard) on Everglades, Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger WMAs and Big Cypress National Preserve."
That's the good news (of sorts, invasive or not the culling of that many animals doesn't sit well with me, even if necessary) but as the Santa Barbara Independent point out, should these snakes manage to survive this cold spell, it could mean that it will be even harder to get rid of them in the future.
Oh, and by the way, wild iguanas were falling from the trees due to the cold...
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