Python Swallows Deer

Officials in the Florida Everglades have captured and killed a 16-foot-long Burmese python that had just eaten an adult deer.

Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said workers found the snake on Thursday. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.

Hardin said the python had recently consumed a 76-pound female deer that had died. He said it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

The python was killed with a shotgun blast.

Read more here.

The story kinda makes it sound like the python was just gliding along, minding its own bidness, when suddenly this deer just drops dead right in front of it and the python, being the considerate invasive species that it is, decides to clean up the litter before moving on.

Riiiiight. I don’t think so.

It would be nice if the politicians that have been allowing the import and sale of these snakes were to be released naked into the ‘glades to take their chances with the consequences of their inactions. If the snakes can eat adult deer, they can also eat livestock. Calves. Sheep. Goats. Nesting birds. Illegal aliens. Smallish tourists. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think Being Eaten By a Python is on anybody’s list of vacation highlights.

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    kcduffy said,

    Being a ‘smallish person’ I can assure you it’s not on my to-do list OR my list of “vacation highlights.” Of course, I can’t see any of my future vacations taking me further SOUTH than the Ocala forest!

    We need some new mottoes for the PR department, Swampie!

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