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(Bloomberg)   US Government: "ImportError: No module named python"   ( divider line
    More: Strange, habitats, U.S., Burmese, Wildlife Services, overly broad, Burmese pythons, Interior Department, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar  
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10659 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Jan 2012 at 2:15 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-01-17 12:58:25 PM  
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2012-01-17 02:25:41 PM  
2 votes:

BurnShrike: I was assured that Python was a "safe" programming language! How could it possibly cause harm in the Everglades?

well it's not type safe so I assume it's been eating all kinds of different types.
You can to look inside it to see what its eaten though
2012-01-17 03:39:20 PM  
1 vote:

Crotchrocket Slim: Unless you can ban them from crossing state borders (I'm murky on the legalities of this, though I think the Federal government can do this under the Constitution) that's just a back door to smuggling them across state lines; we have an international airport in Minneapolis/St Paul.

This is a ban against transporting them against state lines. There's already plenty of large reptile farms in the US breeding these snakes. Under this rule, they won't be able to sell them to any state other than where the farm is located. There's also plenty of back yard breeders.

So even with the ban as-is, there will be plenty of black market trafficking. Might as well allow the existing businesses to stay in business, just make it so they can't sell to Florida and other states where that will support a feral population. And since they're blocking imports from overseas, it would give the local breeders a chance to not only survive, but thrive as us bred/raised snakes become the only source.
2012-01-17 03:15:53 PM  
1 vote:

taurusowner: Meh, I think it's kind of neat there are big snakes like that in the US now. But I've always liked snakes.

\Are they really causing harm?
\\Or is harm just code for "disrupting the way things were"?

The damn pythons are swallowing frickin' alligators. How ya like that?
2012-01-17 02:44:34 PM  
1 vote:

bidness: As a professional Python programmer I'm getting a kick out of some of these replies. Some of you farkers are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me... you don't.

Your claim to be a Python programmer checks out. After all, you've got the condescension part down.
2012-01-17 02:27:13 PM  
1 vote:

StoneColdAtheist: I can understand the motivation, but the law of unintended consequences tells me that the effect of banning the interstate travel or sales of already imported snakes will just result in even more of them being dumped into the nearest vacant lot or handy waterway.

Which is OK outside of Southern Florida. The snakes would die in the winter.

Also, if Florida were serious about getting rid of their Burmese Python problem, they'd slap a bounty on them. Instead, they are treating them like a game species, which is the exact *OPPOSITE* of how you want to handle this.
2012-01-17 02:23:45 PM  
1 vote:
Meh, I think it's kind of neat there are big snakes like that in the US now. But I've always liked snakes.

\Are they really causing harm?
\\Or is harm just code for "disrupting the way things were"?
2012-01-17 02:19:50 PM  
1 vote:
Good thing banning something will stop it. It's worked well with drugs.
2012-01-17 01:19:25 PM  
1 vote:
I'm surprised it has taken this long. But you'd think they could just limit the ban to states where the animals can live in the wild. No reason to ban them in Minnesota or Washington.
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