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(New York Daily News)   Massive, near-record-size python discovered in Florida's Everglades, submitter's pants   (nydailynews.com) divider line 67
    More: Scary, Everglades, florida, submitter, South Florida Water Management District, Burmese pythons, Burmese, indigenous species, water management  
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2014-02-06 01:45:26 AM  

doctor wu: Ok, I'm a moron and freely admit I know nothing about snakes, blah blah, so here goes. Why is that guy able to play with that thing without being attacked? Is it in some kind of docile state?


Speaking as a biologist who has worked with snakes both as a professional scientist and as a hobbyist snake keeper as a kid, snakes are really easy to manipulate safely.  Large snakes like boas and pythons are especially prone to being relatively sedate.  They seem to know that they are too big for you to eat, and you are too big for them to eat.  They can act defensively of course, but gentle handling is often enough to calm them down.
 
2014-02-06 02:01:03 AM  

juvandy: doctor wu: Ok, I'm a moron and freely admit I know nothing about snakes, blah blah, so here goes. Why is that guy able to play with that thing without being attacked? Is it in some kind of docile state?

Speaking as a biologist who has worked with snakes both as a professional scientist and as a hobbyist snake keeper as a kid, snakes are really easy to manipulate safely.  Large snakes like boas and pythons are especially prone to being relatively sedate.  They seem to know that they are too big for you to eat, and you are too big for them to eat.  They can act defensively of course, but gentle handling is often enough to calm them down.



I see, thanks.
 
2014-02-06 02:05:10 AM  

doctor wu: juvandy: doctor wu: Ok, I'm a moron and freely admit I know nothing about snakes, blah blah, so here goes. Why is that guy able to play with that thing without being attacked? Is it in some kind of docile state?

Speaking as a biologist who has worked with snakes both as a professional scientist and as a hobbyist snake keeper as a kid, snakes are really easy to manipulate safely.  Large snakes like boas and pythons are especially prone to being relatively sedate.  They seem to know that they are too big for you to eat, and you are too big for them to eat.  They can act defensively of course, but gentle handling is often enough to calm them down.


I see, thanks.


You guys are talking about the one that was killed and pictured complete with bullet holes and bloodstains? Right?
 
2014-02-06 02:19:13 AM  
I submitted this with a much worse headline.
 
2014-02-06 02:30:04 AM  
it's not that big for a Burmese python.  Zoos regularly have them around 22-23' long.
 
2014-02-06 06:16:48 AM  

Prey4reign: "The python found on Tuesday was killed ..."  This was a case of cold blooded murder, because ... snakes are cold blooded.  Rimshot and I'll be here all week.  Try the veal and be generous with your server.


You do realize that if things become too inhospitable, most of the people of Florida will simply move to other states.  Just think, we could be your new neighbors.
 
2014-02-06 06:57:06 AM  

8 inches: I submitted this with a much worse headline.


And the opportunity of the perfect username/headline combo, too
 
2014-02-06 08:31:28 AM  
What I want to know is: How will this effect the local Skunk Ape population?

Someone mentioned gorillas earlier....

SyFy movie of the week in the making. Starring Dean Cain, Lorenzo Lamas and William Shatner as "The Mayor".

-R.
 
2014-02-06 10:17:06 AM  
Isn't there a market for snake skin for boots, jackets, etc.?  I'm thinking there could be some money to made here
 
2014-02-06 10:45:08 AM  
Meh, at least the Anacondas are contained to certain climates. The goddamn Snakehead fish on the other hand live in almost every climate that isn't permafrost, are incredibly aggressive, eat every living thing in a body of water, then flop out on land and walk around hunting for a new lake pond of river to annihilate.
 
2014-02-06 10:46:35 AM  

parasol: at least some of the local hipster chefs are making efforts to make some of them edible


Since pythons are non-discerning  omnivores, the level of mercury in their meat is extremely high.

But its not like we'll be able to tell the difference from any other brain damaged Floridian.
 
2014-02-06 11:23:34 AM  

AmazinTim: Meh, at least the Anacondas are contained to certain climates. The goddamn Snakehead fish on the other hand live in almost every climate that isn't permafrost, are incredibly aggressive, eat every living thing in a body of water, then flop out on land and walk around hunting for a new lake pond of river to annihilate.


Snakeheads are supposedly good eating.
 
2014-02-06 12:05:52 PM  

juvandy: gentle handling is often enough to calm them down.


*snicker*
 
2014-02-06 12:06:05 PM  

2wolves: No Such Agency: 2wolves: Just wait a couple of years until the anacondas start hitting full maturity.

I saw a movie about those once and it was scary, they can practically fly.

Plus anacondas are live birthing snakes.  No eggs for any other predator to snack upon.


Wait, flying snakes are a real thing? That's terrifyingly awesome!
 
2014-02-06 12:18:09 PM  

SurfaceTension: 2wolves: No Such Agency: 2wolves: Just wait a couple of years until the anacondas start hitting full maturity.

I saw a movie about those once and it was scary, they can practically fly.

Plus anacondas are live birthing snakes.  No eggs for any other predator to snack upon.

Wait, flying snakes are a real thing? That's terrifyingly awesome!


There's a specie that actually "glides" .. and yeah, it's pretty amazing.
 
2014-02-06 12:48:15 PM  

SurfaceTension: 2wolves: No Such Agency: 2wolves: Just wait a couple of years until the anacondas start hitting full maturity.

I saw a movie about those once and it was scary, they can practically fly.

Plus anacondas are live birthing snakes.  No eggs for any other predator to snack upon.

Wait, flying snakes are a real thing? That's terrifyingly awesome!


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2014-02-06 03:00:55 PM  

SurfaceTension: 2wolves: No Such Agency: 2wolves: Just wait a couple of years until the anacondas start hitting full maturity.

I saw a movie about those once and it was scary, they can practically fly.

Plus anacondas are live birthing snakes.  No eggs for any other predator to snack upon.

Wait, flying snakes are a real thing? That's terrifyingly awesome!


New Syfy original movie:

When a mad scientist crosses a flying snake with an anaconda.... he creates...

The Flython!

See the trailer!
 
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