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(St. Petersburg Times)   Python Pete, snake-sniffing beagle extraordinaire, to seek out nuisance snakes in Everglades this winter. Expected to end up in x-ray of python stomach by spring   ( divider line
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2005-10-16 08:33:09 AM  
[image from too old to be available] trumped the [image from too old to be available] tag? Anyway, snake stories are so last week, that is until some kid gets eaten.
2005-10-16 08:34:04 AM  
Screw Python Pete.

I know who we need to call:

[image from too old to be available]

"Tricked! Tricked! Tricked! Rikk-tchk-tchk!" chuckled Rikki-tikki. "The boy is safe, and it was I--I--I that caught Nag by the hood last night in the bathroom." Then he began to jump up and down, all four feet together, his head close to the floor. "He threw me to and fro, but he could not shake me off. He was dead before the big man belw him in two. I did it. Rikki-tikki-tchk-tchk! Come then, Nagaina, Come and fight with me. You shall not be a widow long."
2005-10-16 09:36:54 AM  
Just Ignorant: I know who we need to call:

You - are - awesome :)
2005-10-16 09:45:48 AM  

Beagles do have incredible noses, though. Mine likes to dig up sand crabs on the beach. He can smell 'em beneath the sand.

Teaching one to seek out Pythons does seem a bit crazy. You certainly wouldn't want him to get away from you- he wouldn't stand a chance!

/Good luck, Python Pete!
//My beagle Lilo
2005-10-16 09:50:04 AM  
faethe: You - are - awesome :)

Ha, glad you think so.

Dear God, let's hope we don't have to meet up in Wilma threads the next couple days, huh?
2005-10-16 09:50:29 AM  
I have a 6 foot python.
2005-10-16 09:51:51 AM  
I think the newspaper should have least use a stock photo of a beagle in that article.
2005-10-16 09:55:31 AM  
doh! those snakes would make some great boots.

*the only way to find them, is to fish for them*

/lights a stick of dynamite
//throws it
////everything bubbles up to the surface
2005-10-16 10:02:13 AM  
Well, if you RTFA, you'd know that they plan to use the dogs on cold days when the snakes are lethargic.
2005-10-16 10:41:32 AM  
I have a nice long trouser snake...

/Got nothing
2005-10-16 11:08:01 AM  
It just isn't a good day until I read the latest snake story, courtesy of Fark.

Ask any shelter about stray and feral dogs and cats, which are a far worse problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, a *thousand* people get sent to hospitals every day after being bitten by by dogs. Snake and lizard bites? These don't even merit an individual CDC statistic, being lumped in with "other injuries" that total less than a thousand per *year* for all causes.

I'm a Floridian, and our family has one mouse-eater (a non-venomous corn snake), three leaf-eaters (two Uromastyx maliensis, one green iguana), two bug-eaters ("giant" african plated lizards, all of two feet long), and two turtles (musk and red-eared slider). Most of these were rescues, colleted either from the wild (the turtles), or from clueless owners or stores (the lizards).

*All* pet owners should be registered, at the very least. People are irresponsible by nature, much as libertarians think otherwise -- and the proliferation of dangerous species proves that we beed some sort of tools for tracking twits who dump animals (or any species) because of laziness or stupidity. The *animals* are not the problem, it is the "intelligent" people who insist on being selfish.
2005-10-16 11:19:17 AM  
#start program

if name=="Python Pete":
(indent)print "Wtf?\n
(indent)Why is this guys name python pete?"

(indent)print "You are a normal human being."

raw_input ("Press enter to exit.")
#end program

//programmer geek
2005-10-16 11:22:21 AM  
I'm suprised any mammal can survive the mosquitos long enough to be killed by something else in the everglades.
2005-10-16 11:32:34 AM  
Just Ignorant: Dear God, let's hope we don't have to meet up in Wilma threads the next couple days, huh?

You are watching that one too eh? I just heard about it today.

Geez, and the weather is so nice down here, too.
2005-10-16 12:04:36 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

"I'm gettin me a bunny rabbit!"

/got nothin'
2005-10-16 12:38:48 PM  
Cold days? They have cold days in south Florida? News to me.

Or is the definition <75 = cold?
2005-10-16 12:53:25 PM  
They were laughing about why the ranger picked a beagle for this on NPR the other day, rather than something not "hors-duevre" sized
2005-10-16 01:07:19 PM  

What a happy-looking beagle! Awwww :)
2005-10-16 02:14:46 PM  
put that motherfarker on a plane
2005-10-16 02:44:02 PM  

my beagle has a fascination with finding then completely destroying anything that has a cord dangling from it (good bye USB Mouse) Still love the little guy.

[image from too old to be available]
2005-10-16 02:48:08 PM  
ChaoticCoyote: two Uromastyx maliensis

Those are awesome. They eat collard greens :) I used to take care of one when I worked at a Pet Store. I can't have one right now because I have toooooo many stupid animals (I lay on the carpet and am assualted by fuzzy feet - its ridiculous). All of mine are yard sale animals too - abandoned by people who couldn't care for them, some in kinder circumstances than others (dumped in trash cans - etc.). I think you should be licensed to own exotics down here - Uromastyx would qualify. What people who aren't from here don't realize is that anything thrives when it gets out into the swamps. Lions, Tigers, all manner of shiat is loose out in the Evergaldes, including pythons, no DOUBT some asshole dumped an anaconda or something genuinely annoying. I remember there was a lake in Homestead that had to be dynamited because it was full of Pirrahna a few years back. That shiat is illegal as hell to own in Florida, and its jail if you get caught releasing them (they don't die in the water down here - they breed like hell).

The Python thing has me confused. Those are expensive as hell to buy, and its not like they reproduce so often you get litters of them all over like with cats. What - all the titty dancers down in Broward get sick of feeding thier pets and turned them loose?
2005-10-16 02:48:36 PM  
[This joke has been altered slightly to fit the theme of this thread]

A guy goes on a safari vacation and takes his beagle with him. The beagle gets lost in the jungle. It's wandering around, wondering what to do when it notices a leopard sneaking up on him. "Uh oh" thinks the beagle. "I'm screwed." Then it has an idea. It pretends not to see the leopard, walks over to a pile of bones on the ground and starts to gnaw on them. Just as the leopard is about to pounce the beagle announces "That was one delicious leopard! I'm still hungry though. I hope another one comes along soon!" The leopard hears this and runs away in fright.

However, a monkey has witnessed this entire scene. It chases after the leopard and, in exchange for a promise never to try to eat him again, tells the leopard exactly what happened. The leopard is furious. "Jump up on back" he tells the monkey. "I'll give you a ride back and show you what happens to animals that try to trick me."

Soon the beagle sees the leopard running towards him through the jungle with the monkey on its back. "Uh oh" it thinks, "Now I'm really screwed." Then it has another idea. Again it pretends not to see the leopard approaching. Just as the leopard is about to pounce the beagle says out loud "What the hell happened to that monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to get me another leopard!"
2005-10-16 02:54:36 PM  
It was an anaconda, the largest-known snake in the world.

Oh never mind - that's what I get for not reading the entire farking article...I would like to find the jackass that did that one and feed them to an alligator.
2005-10-16 03:15:49 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Forget the beagle - get Mega Man on the case!
2005-10-16 08:03:30 PM  
My beagle could be a snake-dog. Well, he could be eaten by a snake. But he'd be cute going down.
2005-10-16 11:24:36 PM  
riki tiki bo biki banana fana fo fiki

[X]vote for riki tiki tavi
2005-10-16 11:31:37 PM  
Also I would like to point out that while it is unfortunate that the everglades are being populated with these dangerous reptiles, this new "alligator vs. python" match up seems relatively even and is one of the most awesome natural rivalries. if you have two major reptilian predators in the same habitat, competing for the same food sources, adaptively you'd think they'd start growing bigger and bigger in order to contest one another, if one didn't outpace the other and practically eliminate it outright.
2005-10-17 05:32:16 PM  
Seems to me like you'd be better off picking a Foxhound or Irish Wolfhound for the job. Their noses are just as good, but they'd a lot bigger and faster.

Just less cute.

/As two beagles
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