Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by Harper, Dec 6, 2017.
A Snake is a Steak............."Lofty Wiseman."
Good for them! Never should have them in North America period. Florida cockroach if you ask me and all should be abolished.
Wrap it in bacon and grill it up!
And after dinner, start tanning the hide to make a kick ass Mick Dundee style jacket.
Another reason to look twice when you get close to the water around these parts!
I didn't know Joe Pesci was a snake hunter!
New boots, and hat bands for all.
I was thinking the same thing!
Tacos! Lots n' lots of tacos!
That's a female Burmese python.
They get twice the size of males topping out at 25+ feet and are the second heaviest snake in the world.
Female Anaconda is the heaviest and also on the loose in the freakin Everglades....
He was the bait! Little bugger!
Another big reason I don't go back to Florida!! Kill it with fire
When I was a boy, I use to love to roam around the swamps and sloughs of South Florida. With the gator population way up from the 50's and 60's (they were protected back then and the population was down due to overhunting and poaching) and all the really big invasive snakes down there, I don't know if it's a good idea to swim the canals, and wade the swamps and sloughs in knee to chest high black water.
As with any hobby, it only takes a few irresponsible folks to tarnish everyone. Or in the case of the deep south, some catastrophic weather events to wipe-out and/or release otherwise responsibly managed cribs of exotic pets.
I personally learned a lot over the years while working with herps. As an adult I enjoyed the husbandry efforts to raise healthy and tractable snakes and helped educate a lot of children about the workings of an oft-misunderstood creature.
I understand why the extermination efforts are necessary in the Everglades and elsewhere. I really do. But, it pains me to see the demise of a beautiful specimen like this.
I wonder if out of state rescues would be allowed to purchase live captured species to help off set the cost.
I can see a demand for hatchlings possibly, but it's a crap shoot introducing adult herps into a controlled collection due to inherent respiratory infections, mites and other parasites. A lot of work for the rewards.
I understand the logistics would be hard, especially on large wild ones since it wouldn't be known if it was a recent captive escape or completely wild. I'd image the larger ones would most likely go to a zoo or other educational locations that would more likely have the means and want a larger specimen.
Actually, most zoos won't take anything. Period. Possibly a private handler. I ran into this over the years when trying to place some simians (monkeys) and large herps that I'd rescued. Same reasons - introducing wild animals with unknown physical and medical backgrounds into highly regulated collections.
That's a bit surprising as you'd think they would try to save what they could. If it wasn't found to be a viable candidate for them then they could always use it for research/teaching purposes.
Zoos are preoccupied with gate receipts and securing grants sufficient to keep their organizations financially viable. They really are not interested in rescue or the preservation of species outside of their own catchment. And I get that. It's an expensive and unforgiving industry.
Some colleges will take-on exotics for research and/or education. We swapped turtles, snakes and large caimans with a major university when I was still living at home. Typically we got the big stuff from them once they became too large for their biology department to accommodate.
Anybody have any good python recipes?
I have some in the freezer and don’t know what to do with it.
Reptile dealers can get a license to live capture pythons and sell them.
I agree with research/teaching purposes--dissect them....
There is no reason to keep these things alive. They need to be exterminated.
I've eaten snake a few times and you can make it any way you would either chicken or fish
Quick someone setup a grill! These steaks ‘ll sell like hot cakes!
I imagine a creative restaurantor could find a way to make a few bucks... python burgers! Someone pass the bbq sauce
WOW! she's gorgeous!!!
I raised a Indian python from egg to about 16' before she was killed by some idiot.
There has to be a story here... and I want to hear it
Around 1982 I was walking through China-Town here in Seattle where I found LEM's Pet Shop.
I walked in and eventually bought a python egg.
Long story short the snake was a beautiful Indian python. They look very much like burmese but are a little different.
Anyway the snake was in her terrarium at my old grade school, she was about 15-16' long at this point and a hit with all the kids as she was very docile and tame.
During a weekend the custodian tossed in a rat he caught that had a belly full of rat poison.
End of our pet snake. The dried skin is still there at the school.
That sucks. Sounds like strychnine poisoning; common in rat poisons long ago and had many afterlives; i.e., killing a successive chain of animals along the food chain. At least your Indian was tractable. 16' is very respectable - especially from a hatchling! All the Indians, Africans or Rocks I have handled have been exceedingly nasty. Almost the same disposition as green anacondas.
I hear you! the Retics are the worst in my experience they have the disposition of a black caiman.
And thanks for sharing pictures of that beautiful gold burmese.
My tiger retic was a sweetie, though. Fastest growing snake I ever owned. Took a lot longer to acquire the impressive girth of the burms, but she grew like a weed.
I have not seen reports of retics in the 'glades. They have to be there, you'd think. Not sure how you could miss a mature retic.
Hatchling, year one, random pic, and a head shot.
She's a beauty! If I could get another snake It'd be a Borneo blood python.
This is why tarp camping makes me nervous in my area.
The problem is as high level predators, they've found high levels of mercury in their bodies. That, and from what I've read it isn't that easy to spot them. Even the ones with radio tags are hard to recapture.
I used to hike and camp deep in the big cypress preserve with my brother when I was 16 or so. Only had to worry about the alligators and "regular" snakes then, 20 plus years ago.
Sorry I was being trollalala. I didnt really mean someone should set up a roadside restaurant. I had heard about the toxins before and I watched a documentary on them where the were withing 5 ft of the snake according to the radio tag and they couldn't see it. So yeah def hard to catch lol.
I`m glad I live in the high North.
Good for you guys. As for myself, not a snake guy.