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Pythons In Florida

Posted on: September 16, 2009

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Although the Python is not native to Florida, there have been many sightings of them throughout Florida, and they are causing quite a problem.  These pythons are said to be endangering peoples lives and causing destruction wherever they may be. Just a few weeks ago, toddler Shaiunna Hare was strangled and killed by a 8 foot python.  Shaiunna Hare was only 2 years old when this tragedy happened, and it has caused quite a ruckus throughout the Everglades. Pythons are Native to Africa and South-East Asia and have no potential predators in the Everglades region. Florida is starting to license people to be able to kill pythons. The state has allowed for up to 100,000 pythons to be hunted and killed.  Pythons which can grow up to nearly 35 feet and length and can eat animals as big as a deer – scaring many people in Florida.  Sentator Bill Nelson said “It’s just a matter of time before one of these snakes gets to a visitor in the Florida Everglades.”  A few years back it was even recorded that a python had eaten an alligator whole before dying several days later.  Many people believe that this python problem might have stemmed from when Hurricane Andrew hit destroying many pet shops and allowing the pythons to get loose.  It is not known for sure how all these pythons got here but one thing is sure is Floridians are not welcoming them with open arms.

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