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Snakes alive! Scott supports Salazar snake sanction

by Dara Kam | January 17th, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott supports U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar‘s ban on the importation of Burmese pythons and three other non-native constrictive snakes, the governor said this afternoon.

MSNBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd asked Scott and Salazar about the snake ban at an Everglades Summit in Tallahassee this afternoon.

“People laugh about this but…it’s crazy,” said Todd, a Miami native. “This issue of my idiot old neighbors in South Florida. They import these pets then get scared of them and dump them in the Everglades.”

The pythons are “injurious and they are dangerous,” Salazar said.

Salazar said the python ban is part of a comprehensive approach to cleaning up the Everglades.

“We need to make sure the investments that we’re making…that they’re not for naught,” he said.

The invasive snakes are killing native habitat and wildlife, Salazar said.

“We need to make sure that what we are doing is comprehensive,” he said. “We need to look at the Everglades as an entire ecosystem.”

Critics said Salazar’s ban doesn’t go far enough because he only targeted four of nine dangerous snakes.

“We tailored our regulation to go after the present danger that we have in the Everglades and right now it’s the Burmese python, which is making up habitat with tens of thousands of Burmese pythons that are out there,” Salazar said after the meeting.

Salazar said his agency his “going after those species that present the greatest threat right now” and that five other species are being scrutinized scientifically and for the economic implications of banning those as well.

“But these four are the first step and we have the other five under consideration,” he said.

Scott said he supports the new federal rule, especially because Congress has failed for three years to pass U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s legislation that would have outlawed pythons.

Nelson praised Salazar and blasted critics for trying to “delay and obstruct” the new rule.

“These giant constrictor snakes do not belong in the Everglades and they do not belong in people’s back yards. Not only are they upsetting the ecological balance because they’re at the top of the food chain. They even attack alligators and consume them,” Nelson said.

Nelson gave a gory description of how the snakes kill and digest their prey, using examples of a python that was found with a deer inside it and another that killed an endangered wood rat from Key Largo.

“You can imagine the constricting power to suffocate and squeeze their prey to death. How do you think that 76-pound, full-grown doe deer got inside the snake? Their jaws expand. They bring in the entire prey whole. And then in their body secretes acidic solutions that break down all of the components including the bones of the animals,” Nelson said this morning in Miami.

The pythons are putting endangered species at risk, Nelson said.

“Why this has taken as long as it has with people fighting us is a mystery,” he said.

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11 Responses to “Snakes alive! Scott supports Salazar snake sanction”

  1. Johnny Says:

    Way to go Rick, when you need something lets just ignore our constitutional form of government and lets go along with the Bush/Obama rule by fiat.

    Wonder if Rick will be so happy when the EPA, DHS, DOI, or any other department makes a ‘rule’ he doesn’t like.

    Pathetic.

  2. Andrew Says:

    Not to mention, he keeps saying over and over it’s about the everglades, well if it truly was, why then did he need to make it a FEDERAL ban. Morons

  3. Matthew Says:

    seriously, they need to ban something that actually needs to be banned. and correct me if im wrong but isn’t boa’s python’s etc. native to the everglades?
    More people die from drunk drivers then from snakes, so you need to be banning alcohol not python’s/boa’s etc.

  4. John Reinsch Says:

    Gov. Rick Scott supports U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar‘s ban on the importation of Burmese pythons and three other non-native constrictive snakes, the governor said this afternoon.

    MSNBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd asked Scott and Salazar about the snake ban at an Everglades Summit in Tallahassee this afternoon.

    “People laugh about this but…it’s crazy,” said Todd, a Miami native. “This issue of my idiot old neighbors in South Florida. They import these pets then get scared of them and dump them in the Everglades.”

    (Really, well the reptile community isn’t laughing; YOU kowtowed to a couple of special interest groups that both support TERRORISM! By listening to the HSUS & PETA YOU allowed them to pressure Congress in passing a law banning Boids ( Pythons & Boa Constrictors) based on scare tactics and phony research. 

    So now according to you, those of us within the reptile community who live in the southern part of the state of Florida are idiots.  I got news for you, Captive Breeders are not the ones who are importing these animals.  The quality of what Captive Breeders produce is far better than what is being brought in from other countries and to the best of my knowledge not one python has been linked to someone who has released it into the wild.  On the contrary, those in Florida were the result of a natural disaster, hurricane, that had nothing to do with negligent owners turning them loose into the Everglades.)    

    The pythons are “injurious and they are dangerous,” Salazar said.

    (That sir is an opinion, and as my Grandmother would say, “Opinions are like …….., and everyone has one!”  Your wording is also very carefully chosen, as to cause the most amount of worry and fear to your readers.) 

    Salazar said the python ban is part of a comprehensive approach to cleaning up the Everglades.

    (Apparently it’s time to clean up the Presidency, Congress, and the Senate too!) 

    “We need to make sure the investments that we’re making…that they’re not for naught,” he said.

    (Typical non statement from Politicians. In fact, it’s not even a complete sentence!)

    The invasive snakes are killing native habitat and wildlife, Salazar said.

    (How exactly are pythons killing habitat?  In fact, please explain how anything can kill habitat.  Habitat can be altered or destroyed, but seriously, man has done more to destroy the Glades by draining it than any python could by living there!) 

    “We need to make sure that what we are doing is comprehensive,” he said. “We need to look at the Everglades as an entire ecosystem.”

    (Oh, what you comprehensively done was take food out of the mouths of hard working families who are already struggling no thanks to the corrupt policies of our nation’s current president!)

    Critics said Salazar’s ban doesn’t go far enough because he only targeted four of nine dangerous snakes.

    (Oh really! Dangerous according to whom? I think you’ve gone far enough! Don’t expect to be re-elected!)

    “We tailored our regulation to go after the present danger that we have in the Everglades and right now it’s the Burmese python, which is making up habitat with tens of thousands of Burmese pythons that are out there,” Salazar said after the meeting.

    (Tailored huh? Along with two so called animal rights groups who support TERRORISM and openly promote illegal activities like setting fires and bombing businesses!  By the way, I’d really like to see the stats of just how many pythons are said to inhabit Florida; bet it’s a far cry from your perceived “Tens of Thousands.”) 

    Salazar said his agency his “going after those species that present the greatest threat right now” and that five other species are being scrutinized scientifically and for the economic implications of banning those as well.

    (is, not his! My 3rd graders could write better than this!  

    “The others are being scrutinized scientifically.” Oh , do you mean by the same people who you paid off to falsify evidence and lie in your reports?)

    “But these four are the first step and we have the other five under consideration,” he said.

    (Like Obama’s administration, you better CONSIDER your position in government a short term because many if us plan to vote you out of office!)

    Scott said he supports the new federal rule, especially because Congress has failed for three years to pass U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s legislation that would have outlawed pythons.

    (There is a reason it never was passed before; but like the sneaky little bastards you are, you snuck it through without the general public knowing about it or without us having a say in the matter; much like Obama’s Health Care Law and Pelosi’s comment, “You have to vote on it to know what’s in it.”)

    Nelson praised Salazar and blasted critics for trying to “delay and obstruct” the new rule.

    (I’m proud to be critical of unfounded lies that are promoted by Terrorist Groups like PETA & HSUS and those in
    Politics who line their pockets with funds from them!)

    “These giant constrictor snakes do not belong in the Everglades and they do not belong in people’s back yards. Not only are they upsetting the ecological balance because they’re at the top of the food chain. They even attack alligators and consume them,” Nelson said.

    (And people draining the habitat aren’t upsetting the ecological balance?)  

    Nelson gave a gory description of how the snakes kill and digest their prey, using examples of a python that was found with a deer inside it and another that killed an endangered wood rat from Key Largo.

    (“GORY” Oh scary language and graphic imagery used again to frighten the reader.  How about banning feral cats who indiscriminately kill more wildlife than possible anything else?) 

    “You can imagine the constricting power to suffocate and squeeze their prey to death. How do you think that 76-pound, full-grown doe deer got inside the snake? Their jaws expand. They bring in the entire prey whole. And then in their body secretes acidic solutions that break down all of the components including the bones of the animals,” Nelson said this morning in Miami.

    (Again more scary wording and imagery! Snakes don’t eat
    cheeseburgers, fries, or salads. And yes constrictors squeeze their prey. So what? That’s how God created them!)

    The pythons are putting endangered species at risk, Nelson said.

    (Correct me if I’m wrong, Years ago when field herpers wanted to systematically sweep through the Everglades and remove every python we found we were told by the park service and Florida Fish & Wildlife not to because you were quote, “Doing a Study on Them!” So I ask YOU who put those species at risk?)

    “Why this has taken as long as it has with people fighting us is a mystery,” he said.

    (Well if you don’t know WHY by 
    now then YOU are a bigger idiot than I could ever imagine and it proves that you care nothing about what hard working Americans have tried to tell you!

    So I’ll once again try to get it through your thick skulls!

    By listening to the HSUS & PETA YOU allowed them to pressure Congress in passing a law banning Boids ( Pythons & Boa Constrictors) based on scare tactics and phony research.  

    This law HURTS not just the individual reptile enthusiast, but those who breed them which has relieved collecting pressures in the wild and at the same time has lead to better understanding how to properly care for them in captivity which benefits even zoos.  It also effects the pet industry of every one from the Mom and Pop petstores to the big named corporations like PetCo and PetSmart who sell both animals and the supplies to properly care for them.  

    WHY WOULD YOU pass such a law like this that hurts the already suffering economy of honest hard working Americans who love the animals we care for when so many historically have despised and ignorantly feared them?  

    It’s these same fears that programs recently aired on television like Animal Planet, Discovery, and PBS feed upon sharing irresponsible and inaccurate misinformation base on phony research.  

    Responsible pet owners, breeders, and businessmen working with Boids should not have to be chastised and suffer because someone doesn’t agree with our choice of a hobby or when someone is irresponsible.  

    YOU threw the baby away with the dish water!

    What we passionately do and love is of increasing value considering the habitat lose and undiscrimate killing of many of these animals by many 3rd world people who either eat them or ignorantly use them because they falsely believe they have some medicinal use.  

    Captive breeders may one day have the only specimens left to reintroduce back into the wild and a law like this that YOU HELPED GET PASSED not only makes it impossible for us to legally do so now, but also makes us criminals for caring for our pets.

    I seriously hope that ALL OF YOU are politically replaced and that a full investigation on your back door dealings with PETA and HSUS, who’ve just lined your pockets, is exposed!)  

    John Reinsch
    Pres: Golden State Herpetological and Invert Society

  5. OBIWAN Says:

    Next he will be criticizing gov’t because they won’t let him marry his snake!
    Republicans and snakes….its a kindred spirit thing. So much in common.
    Like brothers. ( I think the snakes are a little smarter)

  6. Searcher Says:

    Matthew-

    You want to ban alcohol, not snakes. Have you ever heard of PROHIBITION? It didn’t work. Try reading some HISTORY….

  7. Pamela Trentham Says:

    Why is it necessary to pass a NATIONAL law when it is a FLORIDA problem, and of which Florida already has a ban on these snakes? The climate in South Florida is the only climate in the United States that can support these animals year-round; this problem has been building in Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992–if these snakes were going to spread to other parts of the country, they would have already done so.

    Mr. Salazar used the Key Largo Wood Rat (or Packrat) as one of the supposed “facts” to support his case . . . but he failed to tell anyone just WHY that packrat is endangered to begin with. Do you even know yourself? Blindly agreeing with someone wen you don’t have all the facts is not a very smart move. The Key Largo Wood Rat was placed on the endangered species list because of human encroachment; that’s right–HUMANS moved into this packrat’s territory and eliminated its environment, thus declining its natural wild numbers, and now you have the gall to gree that if an “invasive species” eats the last one on the planet, it’s all the snake’s fault and the humans are not the ones to blame?

    In an already struggling economy, you agree that it’s right to put thousands of people out of business? Especially those who have already been breeding those snakes this season, who are now going to have thousands of dollars worth of snakes that they can no longer sell? And if you thinks it affects only the python breeders, you are so very wrong. It will also affect shippers such as FedEx or UPS, caging manufacturers, even the companies that provide cleaning products. Paper towel manufacturers, light bulb manufactuers, pet stores sales for supplies, the Sterilite and/or Rubbermaid companies, the freezer bag companies (for storing feeder animals), and the list could go on! With our economy not even close to recovery, affecting this many people is not the best idea.

    I do hope you are not re-elected. Your obvious disregard for the people of this country should not be ignored or forgotten. If you cared for the people of the United States of America, you would keep the issue localized in Florida where the problem exists, not affect the jobs of thousands, if not millions, of others in this country.

  8. james Says:

    salazar is an idiot. these snakes are not dangerous animals. The people that own them can be, but not the animal. In the us dogs injure, disfigure, and kill more people than snakes ever have. drunk drivers kill tons of people every year…..get rid of alcohol. cigarettes kill 1/2 million every year……ban cigarettes. cheeseburgers make people fat and drive up health care costs…kill ronald mc donald. guns…..do i need to even go on! its time for people to stand up for there rights and stop being puppets. We are spoon fed an agenda everyday when we watch the news or read the newspaper…..NOT THE FACTS. i trust my boa constrictor more than the senate!

  9. Judith Avery Says:

    The above posts show much positive bias towards these snakes!! But I do believe that you’re dismissing much research that is out there. Please try to keep the politics out of the issue.Matthew and John say “idiot old neighbors” and mention boas.Boas as of now are not banned! Try to remove the old from above. All the people who toss the critters are not old; although I will give you that much of this snake problem began with Hurricane Andrew and its sweeping terrible damage.Just needed to say my piece.

  10. james Says:

    avery the boa constrictor is on the list of the now 27 snakes they want to make illegal to import or transport. So you are wrong on that fact. Also how is this not a political issue?! This issue is becoming a federal law,not a state law. This is a bill passed by the senate…..sound political to me! salazar is an idiot! saying these animals are dangerous. what facts need to be addressed before someone posts?

  11. Alexis de Tocqueville Says:

    Wanna find out what’s wrong with this country? Read just about any of the comments hereon this article. Everything from ‘Johnny’, the Constitutionalist who’s likely never read a single page of the Bill of Rights decrying Scott’s support of the DOI reg because the Constitutional Convention forgot to provide for the invasion of snakes in their draft 225 years ago, to Matthew who believes that the boa constrictor is indigenous to the Everglades (“Isn’t boa’s python’s (what?) native to the Everglades?” moron), to the posters who refer to non-native constrictors as “harmless” and “non-dangerous”. Guaranteed that if any of these quasi wanna-be nativists got their daughter’s Maltese eaten, they’d be clamoring for the federal government to “do something”. And I’m not even touching on all the bad grammar and use of treble exclaims – two hallmarks of the un-intelligent mind. Dweebs, get an intellect!

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