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January 19th, 2013 at 1:53:31 PM permalink
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Florida's monthlong “Python Challenge” kicked off last Saturday, and so far 21 Burmese pythons have been reported killed, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The event runs through Feb. 10, and updated totals will be provided every Tuesday and Friday


The snakes’ brown-spotted bodies blend easily into the brush, stymieing many of the gun- and knife-toting hunters looking to bag a python and a cash prize.

How to make something more see-able? Infra red? Snake attractent? Live wild boar on a rope?


http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-python-21-caught-in-everglades-20130118,0,843588.story
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January 19th, 2013 at 2:03:32 PM permalink
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How to make something more see-able? Infra red? Snake attractent? Live wild boar on a rope?


SO JEALOUS! Saw a blurb about this yesterday. Damn NYS's cold weather, we never get any fun mass invaders =)

Infrared won't work. Pythons = reptile = cold blooded. Their bodies are same temp as surroundings. As a severely colorblind man, I'd suggest black and white optics if anything at all. With no color to interfere, contrast increases. I love-love-love when the cameras at work go B&W; you might not be able to tell what color the cheques are, but the level of detail is vastly improved.

Pheremones might work, but unlike game mammals, I don't know of anywhere that collects or sells it.

I'd just go for walks and turn over stuff. Rocks, logs, dig through piles of detritus, check the banks of swamps. Man, southerners get all the fun =p
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January 19th, 2013 at 3:48:55 PM permalink
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There is a reason why many surgical monitors are B&W.

If you were out riding horses in an Arizona desert you would expect to find snakes on the sunny side of a trail obstacle trying to warm themselves in the morning sun and on the shady side of some mid-trail rock in the afternoon trying to shelter themselves from the sun's glare. I would imagine Pythons in the Everglades follow some similar "seek comfort" pattern.

These are Python Hunters who do not want to go "whole hog" and invest in a season long permit such as might be issued to the real swamp-loving types who've signed up in the past. Its more a technique to adjust the numbers since far more pythons were found to exist than the authorities at first thought were out there.

I happened to chat sometime ago with some SAR volunteer coordinators in Oregon. They were shocked to learn that Search And Rescue teams in the Everglades go out with one man having a rifle "at the ready" since SAR teams tend to disturb panthers and alligators. I imagine Python Hunters run pretty much the same risks.
January 19th, 2013 at 4:27:28 PM permalink
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How to make something more see-able? Infra red? Snake attractent? Live wild boar on a rope?


In college, we watched a documentary about polar bears. It was made in the 60s, and was presented to us in 2001 as a study in how NOT to run field research. They painted big red Xs on the sides of the bears to make them easier to track by helicopter. It took a hilariously long time before they realized that the research was the reason that the bears' hunts were unsuccessul.
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January 19th, 2013 at 10:21:50 PM permalink
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If you were out riding horses in an Arizona desert you would expect to find snakes on the sunny side of a trail obstacle trying to warm themselves in the morning sun and on the shady side of some mid-trail rock in the afternoon trying to shelter themselves from the sun's glare. I would imagine Pythons in the Everglades follow some similar "seek comfort" pattern.


Almost definitely. God, I would love to be able to hunt like that. Figure out an animal, use your skills, help the DEC, and win money. Navigate the swamps, avoid the panthers, avoid the alligators, avoid the moccasins, get a big snake, get it home.

If any Florida DEC guy is out there, I'm open to job offers. Full time. Unless Flea offers three hots and a cot, in which case I'll just come down and split my winnings with him ;)
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January 23rd, 2013 at 10:35:04 AM permalink
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According to the article, they are paying $1,500 to the person who collects the most, and $1,000 for the longest.

Not that I would scam this worthy endeavor, but:

How much does a python cost, wholesale?
January 23rd, 2013 at 1:47:40 PM permalink
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According to the article, they are paying $1,500 to the person who collects the most, and $1,000 for the longest.

Not that I would scam this worthy endeavor, but:

How much does a python cost, wholesale?


Ha! Always thinking =)

My friend's dad owned a pet shop and I got to hold a 100+ pounder once. Wider than my thigh, it was. I can't remember exactly, but I'm thinking it was several hundred, in the $500-$600 range. That was back in 2000.

But you'd have to scam, buy it, know you're sending it to its death, and not even be guaranteed to win. Not many places sell full grown adult pythons. And are pets marked?
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January 23rd, 2013 at 2:33:53 PM permalink
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Ha! Always thinking =)

My friend's dad owned a pet shop and I got to hold a 100+ pounder once. Wider than my thigh, it was. I can't remember exactly, but I'm thinking it was several hundred, in the $500-$600 range. That was back in 2000.

But you'd have to scam, buy it, know you're sending it to its death, and not even be guaranteed to win. Not many places sell full grown adult pythons. And are pets marked?


Ouch. You can microchip a casino cheque, or a mammal, but I'm pretty sure you can't put one in a reptile.

Not that I'm going to, but if I was going to win at all costs, I think I would buy two dozen baby snakes, claim to have found a nest, and try to get the $1,500 for finding the "most". Little pythons have to be cheap, right?
January 23rd, 2013 at 3:45:07 PM permalink
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Ouch. You can microchip a casino cheque, or a mammal, but I'm pretty sure you can't put one in a reptile.


Sure you can. Fish, snakes, little kids, you can chip anything nowadays. I don't know if they do or not (I'm guessing not out of protocol, probably by request), but I didn't know if there was a way to tell wild from captive.

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Not that I'm going to, but if I was going to win at all costs, I think I would buy two dozen baby snakes, claim to have found a nest, and try to get the $1,500 for finding the "most". Little pythons have to be cheap, right?


Cheap enough to profit, I'd think. For a baby of forearm's length, probably $60-$80. Unless, of course, they're jusy lousy with them down there and people are showing up with 30 at a time...
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January 23rd, 2013 at 5:45:29 PM permalink
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How do you microchip a python?

Let it eat your dog.


*working on a joke*
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