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Pythons coming soon to a bridge near you?

by Dara Kam | July 20th, 2009

python1Florida counties are suggesting something that sounds like a scarlet letter to warn innocents away from households with scary serpents.

It’s the latest twist in the tale of the python-induced paranoia that’s wound up with bounty hunters seeking the critters in throughout Palm Beach County on lands abutting the Everglades.

The July 1 death of a two-year-old girl who was strangled by a pet python in Central Florida set off demands for an open-season on the snakes, which have overrun the national park. Gov. Charlie Crist gladly complied and ordered the bounty hunt for the pests last week. (U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, has had the Burmese python infestation in his sights for some time).nelson-python

Now, the Florida Association of Counties wants state wildlife officials to give them more control over dangerous animals. The association sent a letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week asking them to let counties notify neighbors where perilous pythons and other classified creatures reside.

Perhaps the counties have something like the sex offender registry on the Internet where neighbors can see where perpetrators live.

Will the pythons be forced to take up residence under bridges like sex offenders banned from living near schools, parks or other places where children congregate?

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2 Responses to “Pythons coming soon to a bridge near you?”

  1. Jim McClellan Says:

    The real problem with these things is the havoc they cause in our ecosystem. Like other exotics, they can throw off the natural balance in places like the Everglades and displace native species.

  2. Marrett Hanna Says:

    Snakes are no better pets than alligators. It is impossible to know what they are thinking or how they are feeling. When a dog is happy, it wags its tail, licks you, demonstrates its glee to see its master. It will fetch and do tricks. Most dogs are very protective of their owners and sense danger. I don’t see an alligator or a python saving a child from drowning or barking to let you know something is wrong. Snakes quickly outgrow their habitats and owners think nothing of releasing them into the wilds of suburbia. A dog, cat or child is a welcome snack for these invasive and what should be, illegal creatures who quietly slither into unsuspecting yards or homes. They will continue grow as long as their is food plentiful and they don’t care about taking a life. They don’t discriminate-why should we?

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