Monosyllabic Pedantry

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Burmese Pythons in Florida

You may have heard the sad story of a baby killed by the family snake. The owner put the Burmise python in it cage/aquarium at night. It escaped and slithered over to the baby's crib and killed the kid.

That got us talking at work and one of my coworkers said, "Yeah, there are tons of them loose in Florida."

So I checked and, Holy Shit!, he's right! According to this story, there are over 10,000 of these snakes, which can grow to 25 feet, in the Everglades. They have been escaping or getting released for years and (Burma being pretty similar to the Everglades) have been living wild and reproducing. Another story puts the number anywhere between 5,400 and 140,000!!!

They have even swam 6 miles across the ocean and started invading the Florida Keys!


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