More Burmese Pythons Are Being Born Throughout Florida
Florida Fish and Wildlife (via Wikimedia Commons)
It looks like our long statewide nightmare of having giant snakes roaming the wilderness and eating everything is far from over.
According to the folks over at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, more and more Burmese python eggs are hatching in Southwest Florida.
And while the conservancy is now trying to track the baby snakes to learn their behavior and study their patterns, one truth remains: These suckers aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
Basically, Burmese are invasive creatures in Florida and are apparently humping each other like crazy and making even more snakes that are invading the Everglades.
The snakes prey on wading birds, rabbits, foxes, and deer while having no real threat themselves.
State officials have done what they could to keep the snakes from spreading, including holding a statewide contest to go snake killin' like an episode of The Simpsons.
Last year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission held a Burmese python hunt in an attempt to bring the population of the snakes down.
But shockingly, turns out that a wild animal knows how to hide really, really well from potential predators in its own environment, and the hunt was ultimately a dud.
The pythons are still out there. Including giant ones.
The previous largest Burmese caught and killed was a 17-foot-seven-incher in Everglades National Park in 2012. When researchers examined the snake, they found her pregnant with 87 eggs.
But wait, there's more good news.
There's a good chance they're mating with other species of snakes to make a kind of superfreak hybrid snake.
Last year, news broke of an African rock python killing a family's Siberian Husky.
The problem here was that, at one one time, the rock python was a rare sight in Florida, But following the attack and reported sightings of other rock pythons, officials started to get worried that these new snakes were the offspring of rock pythons mating with Burmese.
The problem with rock pythons is that they're more aggressive and have a nasty temperament.
Aside from animals that live in the Everglades being in danger and the habitat being wrecked by these hybrid snakes, there's also concern we could see more tragic cases like the family that lost its dog.
For now, all we can do is call it in if we spot one. Officials ask anyone who spots a Burmese to take photos of it and mark down the GPS location of the snake before contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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