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Old 07-12-2017, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Oh, and to answer WHY someone would own these snakes - why not?? They're beautiful, fascinating, and usually gentle creatures... and in the snake world, 17ft is big but not ridiculously so. I've been collecting smaller pythons for almost a decade, and would love a 17-footer if I could handle it myself (since I live alone). But because they're so heavy and require such a large enclosure, I unfortunately have to stick with the little guys.
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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And that is why they are a problem in Florida now.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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And that is why they are a problem in Florida now.
They're a problem in Florida because people who DON'T know about snakes (which wouldn't include me) acquire them, without realizing how big they get, and what a snake that size eats. Then you add the fact that Florida has the PERFECT climate for them, which encourages their survival and eventual reproduction. I don't think you have to worry about that in Alaska, lol... even here in the Bay Area, most pythons would die within their first winter living outside. Few locations in the U.S. are suitable for these snakes, which is why you only see this happening in Florida and thereabouts.

To clarify: When I said "why not" (to owning one), I'm only referring to people already in the hobby of snake keeping. Obviously I don't support just anyone getting one, and they are NOT a "beginner snake." If you came to me with zero experience, asking what kind of snake to get, I wouldn't be suggesting a 17ft python! I'd start you with a nice little corn or ball python, most likely.
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