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December 21st, 2017 at 3:05:02 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Good news???????
Gizmodo reports some weird fungus is stalking snakes... all snakes world wide.
Maybe the fungus will reach the everglades and rid of us all those pythons.
May 22nd, 2018 at 3:31:00 PM permalink
rxwine
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1000 snakes caught.


Quote:
I love snakes actually," he said. "But I also love the Everglades. I grew up here and it's not the same. You don't see the same fish. You don't see any mammals. All you really see are pythons."

Since they first arrived about three decades ago - either as escaped pets or loosed from a nearby breeding facility by Hurricane Andrew - pythons have taken control of the marshes, becoming their top predator and gobbling up nearly all the small mammals. According to one study, the number of raccoons and possums in Everglades National Park had dropped by 99 and 88 percent, respectively, by 2011. No marsh rabbits or bobcats could be found. Scientists also think the snakes are increasingly crowding around tree islands and feasting on wading birds.



I guess when the pythons eat everything they'll be gone too.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/floridas-everglades-now-have-1000-fewer-pythons/ar-AAxEXk7?ocid=spartanntp
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May 22nd, 2018 at 3:47:35 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: rxwine
I guess when the pythons eat everything they'll be gone too.
Not necessarily. All such estimates are subject to gross errors. Pythons are particularly hard to spot and so may well be under counted. Often a Python Census will be taken near what passes for a roadway for the convenience of the census takers but that is unlikely to be truly representative of a population in a less accessible area.

Hungry snakes will migrate, but even if they die out completely once the Everglades are gone they will never rebound. Condos do not become wetlands.
May 22nd, 2018 at 4:16:10 PM permalink
rxwine
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They don't seem to like the weather in N. Florida. Only migration is water, south, east or west
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May 22nd, 2018 at 4:23:15 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: rAsxwine
They don't seem to like the weather in N. Florida. Only migration is water, south, east or west
As water warms sea snakes are becoming a problem and pythons are inclined to migrate to warmer places including north if need be. Yachts are reporting more intense barnacle activity, ciguatera poisoning is becoming more common and, most dreaded of all, cone snails seem to be on the rebound.
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