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Old 02-11-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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Default How Far North? Pythons in Florida

Just curious...How far north can the Burmese Python (that were recently introduced to Florida) migrate to? I understand that they are close to Tampa now. Can they colonize all of Florida? Could they spread even further north? How far will they eventually go?
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Deer Park , New York
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Just curious...How far north can the Burmese Python (that were recently introduced to Florida) migrate to? I understand that they are close to Tampa now. Can they colonize all of Florida? Could they spread even further north? How far will they eventually go?
I was watching a show the other night and they said they can live as far north as South Carolina , i'm considering moving to fla and this kinda scares me
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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Default No Pictures, Please!!!!

I'm curious, too, but research always involves pictures of the dreadful things.

What is their normal habitat, their diet, what would make them migrate, etc.?

Are there any herpetologists out there?
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Deer Park , New York
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The Nature Conservancy in Florida - Stopping a Burmese Python Invasion
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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The latest cold snap has killed a lot, so they are thinking maybe they won't spread as far north as the y originally thought. But who knows? I do know that they have found some in Okeechobee and at least one in Stuart.
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: N.H Gods Country
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They've got them as far north as The Villages.Thats where that big one got the little girl. I'm pretty sure that's what got them going on that Python hunting craze.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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I'm curious, too, but research always involves pictures of the dreadful things.

What is their normal habitat, their diet, what would make them migrate, etc.?

Are there any herpetologists out there?
Snakes don't migrate, they don't go hardly anywhere. They are only around because they get away from owners or were let go. To human they are pretty much harmless. They are just interested in rats and small rodents. Snakes are very timid. They can give you a nasty bite but it will be a defensive thing and they will be looking to escape. I have owned big snakes and there is nothing to be afraid of unless you are a small animal they may want to eat.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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Snakes don't migrate, they don't go hardly anywhere. They are only around because they get away from owners or were let go. To human they are pretty much harmless. They are just interested in rats and small rodents. Snakes are very timid. They can give you a nasty bite but it will be a defensive thing and they will be looking to escape. I have owned big snakes and there is nothing to be afraid of unless you are a small animal they may want to eat.
These Burmese pythons are eating other everglades species out of their natural habitat. It is not just "rats and small rodents" try large birds, bobcat, deer & alligators too.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/articl...9976?p=1&tc=pg

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Old 02-12-2010, 03:59 AM
 
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There's someone in Volusia or Brevard County with one living under their house--and it had babies! It was on the news the other day, they don't have the $350 that the pest guy wants to remove it.

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Old 02-12-2010, 07:00 AM
 
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These Burmese pythons are eating other everglades species out of their natural habitat. It is not just "rats and small rodents" try large birds, bobcat, deer & alligators too.

Expert to study snakes’ northward migration | TuscaloosaNews.com
That was a good article. It also answers how they are moving around so much. As I said they don't migrate. I can see how a shake taking a nice soak in a river can find it's self miles from where it went in and as a result their area expands. My real point was, the fear of them is what they do to the natural balance of nature in Florida. Creating some panic like they will be chasing people down the street is just silly. Venomous snakes ARE a real danger, but these pose little real danger to humans. They will never get rid of them now that they have a foothold. They have no real enemies and can go 6 months without eating, They are here to stay so people better get used to it.
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