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  • A little while ago I caught the tail end of an interview on the radio with somebody involved in organizing the hunt. He said that about 1,000 people had applied to participate and that he anticipates that at most 1 in 10 people will actually dispatch a snake.
    Nevertheless, she persisted.

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      Originally posted by lauriep View Post
      Lisa, Cornelia Guest weighed in on FB. She is a wealthy debutante who showed hunters. She is horrified that these beautiful creatures will be killed (if she only knew how unlikely that is). Others posted about trapping and releasing elsewhere, or trapping and taking back to native country. Trapping a snake? Not likely! Pretty amusing.
      Cornelia needs to come down and see how much of an upper hand the snakes have on 99% of the hunters, LOL! I'm telling you, most of these people (particularly the ones unfamiliar with the local environment) have no clue where to look for the pythons, let alone where to actually find them...that is pure luck anyway! For real, *fishing* is probably more predictable and productive!

      As far as the killing...I agree it is sad for the snakes to die just because they are found, BUT, she needs to realize that there are worse things than death for these animals. They are stressed by people and they are eating machines. No one wants them. They are not native. Their native environment has its carrying capacity of this species so they can't be re-released. LOL, I know I'm preaching to the choir here...

      Maybe Cornelia would like to establish a sanctuary where these animals can live out their lives in natural habitats, well provided for, with feed and husbandry, so they don't have to be killed. Otherwise, what does she expect? I think the best we can hope for is that the pythons are killed humanely and that the hunt doesn't damage the native snakes or the environment more that necessary.

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        Originally posted by RainyDayRide View Post
        A little while ago I caught the tail end of an interview on the radio with somebody involved in organizing the hunt. He said that about 1,000 people had applied to participate and that he anticipates that at most 1 in 10 people will actually dispatch a snake.
        My bet is that if the 777 hunters bag 40 snakes I will be surprised! 5%. That's my prediction.

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        • The body count will depend on how many hunters are out there drunk. And how many hunters shoot at anything that moves.
          And how many gators are hungry any given day or night when the hunters go sloshing through the water.

          Nothing like a bounty hunt to test Darwin's theory as it pertains to survival of the human species. We're betting on the snakes and gators. Even though they are unarmed and without the automatic weapons.

          As for the snakes, we've read where the pythons have eaten most of the deer and raccoons and other animals in the Glades. So killing the invasive species might save some of the other animals who make the Glades their home.

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          • I see that there is going to be a segment on Nightline tonight (or tomorrow 12:30 a.m.). Is your group going to be on it.

            BTW, I watched the show when you caught that snake in the swimming pool. Glad to hear that he/she is doing well.

            Don't pythons have double penises? (Don't have my reptile book handy and I was a tortoise person myself). If someone can put some sort of virility mumbo jumbo on the pythons and make them super valuable to those in need, well, then you'll have solved the problem in one fell swoop.

            And, who came up with this "brilliant idea" anyway?

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              Originally posted by betonbill View Post
              I see that there is going to be a segment on Nightline tonight (or tomorrow 12:30 a.m.). Is your group going to be on it.

              BTW, I watched the show when you caught that snake in the swimming pool. Glad to hear that he/she is doing well.

              Don't pythons have double penises? (Don't have my reptile book handy and I was a tortoise person myself). If someone can put some sort of virility mumbo jumbo on the pythons and make them super valuable to those in need, well, then you'll have solved the problem in one fell swoop.

              And, who came up with this "brilliant idea" anyway?
              I think the idea was formulated I the Governor' office, which would make total sense given the whole fiasco. Snakes do have hemipenes which is like a forked penis. I'm not sure it would be too popular as far as virility in humans...the guys might think its cool but the gals...well...*not so much* is my bet. LOL!

              Not sure on the Nightline segment. If we are on it I haven't heard yet.

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              • Hemipenes?

                Well there, problem solved. Tell the Chinese, and they'll buy all the pythons that Florida can sell them. Since they are buying all the slaughtered animals of Africa for the supposed sexual benefits of a tiger's paw or rhino's horn.

                Sell all the forked penises to the Chinese. More money for Florida and save live animals in Africa. Save the animals of Africa. Get rid of the pythons in the Glades. Restore the balance of trade with the Chinese and lower our debt ratio with China. A win-win-win-win situation for the USA.

                Who reads up on snake penises? LOL LOL.

                Oh yeah, and make it ILLEGAL to kill pythons so the trade with China will reach epic proportions. Nothing like a ban to make hunters hunt more. And don't you have a republican governor?

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                • Is there a state website regarding the snake hunt? Where we can see the daily or weekly stats on snakes vs. hunters? TIA

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                  • I read that they got 11 Burmese yesterday.

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                    • Originally posted by halo View Post
                      I read that they got 11 Burmese yesterday.
                      If you got the info from this article http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/14/us/flo...html?hpt=hp_c3

                      I kinda find this quote from one of the "hunters" down right scary!

                      ""I'm not a hunter. I'm not a herpetologist," Reisinger said. "I'm just more of someone looking for a good time and a chance to drink my beers with some buddies in the woods -- and if you can help the environment, too, that's great."

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                        Originally posted by halo View Post
                        I read that they got 11 Burmese yesterday.
                        Yep, 11 so far, however they were all from areas where only "permittees" can hunt. (Permittees are the guys who have been hunting pythons since hunting began, not the people who just signed up to hunt for this month.) These areas are absolutely loaded with pythons but the "general public hunters" are not allowed to go there.

                        I'm sticking by my 40 python prediction for the "general public hunters".

                        And, so far, no collateral damage that we have heard about...

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                        • Warning for the snake leary....

                          Do not read this thread just before falling asleep for the night. Snakes in the yard, snakes in the house, snakes in the car, etc. my dreams were invaded by snakes. Even when I didn't see a snake I was hyper vigilant about whether there was one, two, three or more hiding just out of sight. I tell you, it was such a relief when the alarm went off that I didn't worry about snooze. I did, however, check the floor before I put my feet on it. Moral of the past seven hours......read this interesting thread during the day, not before bed.

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                          • Originally posted by Shine View Post
                            If you got the info from this article http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/14/us/flo...html?hpt=hp_c3

                            I kinda find this quote from one of the "hunters" down right scary!

                            ""I'm not a hunter. I'm not a herpetologist," Reisinger said. "I'm just more of someone looking for a good time and a chance to drink my beers with some buddies in the woods -- and if you can help the environment, too, that's great."
                            OMG! I've not looked at this thread for a while. Nothing like "hunters" (they forget that they are supposed to be sportsmen first.) drinking and shooting off guns! I hope no innocent people or animals get killed by the idiots!

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                            • WildandWicked, you keep referring to gators as if they were bloodthirsty beasts just waiting to devour hunters venturing into their territory. On behalf of "my" gator, Wally, and his Florida cousins, I would like to advise you that most gators would just as soon avoid humans. Now, they will eat the occasional dog and cat or toddler that ventures too close, but for the most part they won't bother you if you don't bother them. The exceptions would be those gators in housing additions in Florida that are fed by the fools living in the housing additions. Those gators come to look to humans as a food source. IMHO, if someone is dumb enough to feed a wild gator they deserve to be eaten by said gator and the gator shouldn't be faulted.
                              I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.

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                              • The gators around here all say that humans taste like chicken.

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                                • This is common for these snakes to be found in the wild here now. People who get them as juveniles end up realizing very soon that they have an 8 foot snake they cant handle so they release it into the wild. Pretty sad that people do not do research on these animals before getting them.

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                                  • Originally posted by WildandWickedWarmbloods View Post
                                    The gators around here all say that humans taste like chicken.
                                    Since you say your are located at the North Pole, just WTF kind of gators do you have? The mechanized ones don't count.
                                    I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.

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                                    • Originally posted by WildandWickedWarmbloods View Post
                                      The gators around here all say that humans taste like chicken.
                                      The Morgan is outta here! Chicken, BBQ, redneck, city people, human taste or not. Hopefully, I can hang on for the the ride. I really, really don't want to be gator sushi.

                                      Nope. Not at all.

                                      ETA: The Morgan can be a good "bob & weave" device. Anyone game for this fun game?
                                      Last edited by Shine; Jan. 15, 2013, 07:04 PM.

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                                        Originally posted by Sanely Eccentric View Post
                                        Do not read this thread just before falling asleep for the night. Snakes in the yard, snakes in the house, snakes in the car, etc. my dreams were invaded by snakes. Even when I didn't see a snake I was hyper vigilant about whether there was one, two, three or more hiding just out of sight. I tell you, it was such a relief when the alarm went off that I didn't worry about snooze. I did, however, check the floor before I put my feet on it. Moral of the past seven hours......read this interesting thread during the day, not before bed.
                                        Sorry SE...the title should have a warning label. Raising awareness is good but inciting hyper-vigilance is too much. Time will heal .

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                                          Originally posted by Shine View Post
                                          The Morgan is outta here! Chicken, BBQ, redneck, city people, human taste or not. Hopefully, I can hang on for the the ride. I really, really don't want to be gator sushi.

                                          Nope. Not at all.

                                          ETA: The Morgan can be a good "bob & weave" device. Anyone game for this fun game?
                                          Shine, fear not. You probably have a better chance at winning the lottery than being eaten by a gator .

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