Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Burmese Python

I don't want you to think I'm just posting random photos of the wildlife found in Florida.  This 18 foot 3 inch Burmese Python was found and killed in the Everglades National Park last week.  To be specific it was found near the tramway in Shark Valley.  What does that mean to me?  Well, we've biked and walked that tramway and in fact have gone off on side trails from it.  The fact that something this big and this awful was lurking there scares the B'Jesus out of me.  We were there in February walking those trails.
Park officials estimate nearly 100,000 of these critters are now in Florida and it's a disaster for the wildlife.  They eat and kill everything, including alligators.
People need to stop releasing their unwanted animals into the wild.


On a lighter note, the new header is one of my favorite paintings, Mac painted it years ago and I never take it down or trade it for another painting.

7 comments:

  1. Gosh I would not like to think that was lurking along the pathways where I was walking - Mac's Header is lovely

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  2. And I worry about walking up on a rat snake! Good grief! Aren't there some idiots out there. I wish it were against the law to have pets like that snake. My daughter begged for a pet snake when she was a teenager. I never gave in. I'm just not going to live in the same house with a snake. Mac's painting is wonderful!

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  3. Ack that is a lot of snakes. I would be scared senseless:(

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  4. And I wonder what is in the Shaker boxes in the jelly cupboard.
    We have sea lampreys and Asian carp in the Great Lakes, thanks to injudicious canal work.

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  5. Beautiful painting by Mac, you are right to treasure it. Not only are pythons and many other non-native species wild in Florida but now they have naturalized and are breeding, and as you said, killing native species. Once naturalized it is hard / impossible to get rid of them.

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  6. I love the painting header. As for the python - golly scary to think there are things like that roaming about where you walk. Take care.

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  7. Yikes! I've yet to see a snake where I now live but our friends a couple miles away just killed a copperhead in their outdoor art studio (he's a sculptor). I would hate to come upon that Python!

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