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(Sun Sentinel)   One hundred twenty pound snake accused of eating neighborhood cats   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 46
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2014-08-08 11:52:14 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-09 12:36:55 AM  
A python once killed and tried to swallow a 4 foot alligator.  A 10 pound housecat wouldn't stand a chance.
 
2014-08-09 01:07:36 AM  
If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.
 
2014-08-09 01:09:26 AM  
Just in time for Caturday(it's pass midnight here)
 
2014-08-09 01:11:20 AM  
Saddest Caturday story ever.....
 
2014-08-09 01:13:27 AM  
"Bermese pythons are banned in Florida." But they have Burmese python, so they are in the clear.
 
2014-08-09 01:14:15 AM  
I read that as 120# steak and immediately was hungry.
 
2014-08-09 01:14:57 AM  

Repo Man: "Bermese pythons are banned in Florida." But they have Burmese python, so they are in the clear.


heh
 
2014-08-09 01:15:19 AM  
So I see by the picture that they took the snake into custody, but the article doesn't say if they questioned the snake or not. Maybe we'll find out at the trial.

ac·cused
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noun
noun: accused; plural noun: accused
a person or group of people who are charged with or on trial for a crime.
"the accused was ordered to stand trial on a number of charges"
 
2014-08-09 01:16:01 AM  

SquiggsIN: Mock26: If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.

i have yet to shoot a single cat (though i want to every day). my neighbors are morons.


Get a dog and teach it to eat them.

/or a big snake apparently
 
2014-08-09 01:20:34 AM  
Lazy submitter didn't bother using one of the articles with information in it eh?

With video -  http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/must-see-large-python-h a s-been-eating-port-st-lucie-neighborhoods-cats-captured-cops-18354.sht ml

With more info -  http://www.wpbf.com/news/python-with-an-appetite-for-cats-caught-in-p o rt-st-lucie/27375070

Nice quote too:  "I wondered what happened to all the little animals," Keel said.
 
2014-08-09 01:27:52 AM  

pedobearapproved: So I see by the picture that they took the snake into custody, but the article doesn't say if they questioned the snake or not. Maybe we'll find out at the trial.

ac·cused
əˈkyoozd/
noun
noun: accused; plural noun: accused
a person or group of people who are charged with or on trial for a crime.
"the accused was ordered to stand trial on a number of charges"


It also doesn't say if the police were forced to shoot the snake's dog (for their own safety) while arresting the snake.
 
2014-08-09 01:29:11 AM  
Don't those "Riddex" electronic thingys work on this?
 
2014-08-09 01:32:59 AM  
We need some of these snakes in Denver. The crazy cat ladies have moved into the alleys and there are now stupid amounts of stray cats around.

Yeah, yeah, we would then need to bring in gorillas. Might be worth it.
 
2014-08-09 01:38:56 AM  
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2014-08-09 01:52:04 AM  
It's all how you raise them. I let my python wrap around my 3 year old toddler and never had an issue. It's the little snakes like garter snakes that scare me. The Little Rascals used to have a pet snakes, and in Victorian times, pythons were known as "Nanny Snakes" because they were so gentle with kids.
 
2014-08-09 01:53:35 AM  

Mock26: If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.


This.

When I adopted my cat, the only cats I had seen outdoors had been dead and this kitty was sick, starving and shot.  Cars, cruel people, some armed with guns, coyotes, foxes, other cats, disease, raptors, scorpions and snakes.

Let your kids play outside, but keep your kitties safe inside.
 
2014-08-09 01:59:55 AM  
www.focusst.org

That's what you get for letting your cats outside.  Keep doing it until there aren't anymore cats out there.
 
2014-08-09 02:15:05 AM  
I have one cat. She goes outdoors under supervision and if we go any farther than the sidewalk, she wears a leash. It's not hard. She knows to leave the new bunnies alone, but she's obsessed with watching them. They don't seem to mind.
 
2014-08-09 02:42:57 AM  

Mock26: If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.


a neighborhood i lived in in london ontario, had a family of great horned owls living in a pine tree at the end of a dead end road. i first learned about it from my neighbor when i was looking for my missing cat. he saw one of the evil owls carry off his jack russel terrier. the cat that was taken was a kitten, and she loved to go out at night and hunt for bugs on the neighbors roof. well, the owl hunted her too. we found her leg under the nest a few days later.

i really hate owls.

but the point is, she, and our other 3 cats were outdoor cats already. it was a quiet area with minimal traffic, and seemed ok. if we suddenly decided to keep them in, it wouldn't go over well. its a risk you accept.
 
2014-08-09 02:51:43 AM  

some_beer_drinker: well, the owl hunted her too. we found her leg under the nest a few days later.

i really hate owls.


:(

I'm sorry about your kitten
 
2014-08-09 02:57:28 AM  
How fast can a python move that it can catch a cat? And if it did catch one, wouldn't the cat just scratch the hell out of the snake?
 
2014-08-09 02:58:47 AM  
Kinda weirded out by the reflexive "keep your cat inside/controlled" statements here.

I didn't keep my cat indoors until I stopped living in the burbs.
 
2014-08-09 03:16:16 AM  

some_beer_drinker: Mock26: If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.

a neighborhood i lived in in london ontario, had a family of great horned owls living in a pine tree at the end of a dead end road. i first learned about it from my neighbor when i was looking for my missing cat. he saw one of the evil owls carry off his jack russel terrier. the cat that was taken was a kitten, and she loved to go out at night and hunt for bugs on the neighbors roof. well, the owl hunted her too. we found her leg under the nest a few days later.

i really hate owls.

but the point is, she, and our other 3 cats were outdoor cats already. it was a quiet area with minimal traffic, and seemed ok. if we suddenly decided to keep them in, it wouldn't go over well. its a risk you accept.


Personality might come into play a bit but my parents current cat used to be an outdoor cat,  he was a rescue from some shiat place where he came and went as he wanted,  but my parents don't let him out(unsupervised) anymore.  Sometimes when it's really nice out he gets a little whiny and hangs around the door but he's become better over time.

They will go into their small backyard with him sometimes and he wanders around in there.  They did this with their last cat as well,  but he was always an indoor cat.  So when he went in the yard he just sat wide eyed in the grass and sniffed the wild flowers lol.

Anyway my point is that outdoor cats can be converted to indoor.  Your outdoor cats have probably killed a truckload of birds and other small animals by now.  And it's mostly the nice songbirds that are killed by cats,  not the ugly screeching crows(not that this would be any better.. well it would a little but still).  Cats can really do a number on local small wildlife.

/hello from Guelph
 
2014-08-09 03:21:58 AM  

starsrift: Kinda weirded out by the reflexive "keep your cat inside/controlled" statements here.

I didn't keep my cat indoors until I stopped living in the burbs.


For me it's because in the city they kill too many nice birds and small critters where there are already very few live things to begin with.

And two because it's your pet,  so keep it your house.  We're not ok with other pets running around, we don't let dogs of any size out on their own,  cats shouldn't be any different.
 
2014-08-09 03:23:57 AM  

SquiggsIN: starsrift: Kinda weirded out by the reflexive "keep your cat inside/controlled" statements here.

I didn't keep my cat indoors until I stopped living in the burbs.

newsflash: you are a shiatty "pet" owner and likely had neighbors who hated you and your feline for its tendency to shiat/piss all over their yards. for some reason many idiotic cat owners think dogs need to be on leashes or in fenced yards at all times but never seem to apply that to their animals.


Well, dogs have tendencies to chase cars and threaten or even bite strangers. And domesticated cats bury their waste.
 
2014-08-09 03:35:05 AM  
The quality of these Caturday links continues to plummet.
 
2014-08-09 04:31:55 AM  

SquiggsIN: Nogale: How fast can a python move that it can catch a cat? And if it did catch one, wouldn't the cat just scratch the hell out of the snake?

pythons are basically a backbone with muscles. Just like a lion kills by asphyxiation via a choke hold around the neck of their prey a python kills with a full body compression that stops respiration completely. a cat could scratch all it wanted but it would be wrapped up and immobile within a minute. a cat just doesnt have the tools to do enough damage to thwart such a predator.


Yeah, but how would it be able to wrap itself around the cat in the first place without the cat getting away? Have  you ever tried to hold a cat that doesn't want to be held? A lion - big cat - leaps on its prey. How does the python get close enough to a fast, flexible, and beclawed animal to compress?
 
2014-08-09 05:03:13 AM  

starsrift: And domesticated cats bury their waste...


.... usually in some child's sandpit, or some unsuspecting person's vegetable patch where it is easily rediscovered by the gardener.

Oddly enough your cat is not always as popular with people other than you. If you expect other people to keep their pets out of your yard, the least you can do is return the favour.
 
2014-08-09 05:21:47 AM  
Just curious, what kind of predators go after those things in Burma?
 
2014-08-09 05:36:39 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: Just curious, what kind of predators go after those things in Burma?


Shoe and handbag manufacturers, I imagine.
 
2014-08-09 05:39:04 AM  

Nogale: Yeah, but how would it be able to wrap itself around the cat in the first place without the cat getting away? Have  you ever tried to hold a cat that doesn't want to be held? A lion - big cat - leaps on its prey. How does the python get close enough to a fast, flexible, and beclawed animal to compress?


They're sneaky, patient little bastards and they can move fast when they want to.

Maybe this video will help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToNwDxVNQ_E  (warning - animals like pigs and rabbits and mice and a small alligator die in this video)

Cats are curious creates and sometimes stupid.  Cat comes across a snakes tail twitching in some tall grass or bushes and doesn't realize how big the whole thing is so it decides to investigate.  The next think it knows is it's dinner for a farking 120 pound snake
 
2014-08-09 06:44:24 AM  
I'd have trolled with a hero tag
 
2014-08-09 06:50:17 AM  

Mock26: If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.


Maybe we just need larger armored cats?
 
2014-08-09 07:24:56 AM  

Harry_Seldon: Mock26: If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.

Maybe we just need larger armored cats?


s15.postimg.org
 
2014-08-09 07:58:11 AM  
Sure it wasn't the neighborhood elephant it ate?
www.nextmovie.com
 
2014-08-09 08:33:27 AM  

kiyote: It's all how you raise them. I let my python wrap around my 3 year old toddler and never had an issue. It's the little snakes like garter snakes that scare me. The Little Rascals used to have a pet snakes, and in Victorian times, pythons were known as "Nanny Snakes" because they were so gentle with kids.


"And the Lion shall lie down with the lamb" works too. Just remember to keep adding fresh lambs, and don't be tardy with lunch for your python either.
 
2014-08-09 10:56:52 AM  

shanrick:


Once upon a time my husband tried to scare me with a dead rattlesnake. After I screamed bloody murder, I skinned it and gave the hide to my friend, who made a bangin' hatband for his ten-gallon.

There wasn't much left to eat.
 
2014-08-09 11:55:57 AM  

some_beer_drinker: Mock26: If you are going to have cats as pets and let them roam outside then you have only yourself to blame when they are killed outside of your home.

a neighborhood i lived in in london ontario, had a family of great horned owls living in a pine tree at the end of a dead end road. i first learned about it from my neighbor when i was looking for my missing cat. he saw one of the evil owls carry off his jack russel terrier. the cat that was taken was a kitten, and she loved to go out at night and hunt for bugs on the neighbors roof. well, the owl hunted her too. we found her leg under the nest a few days later.

i really hate owls.

but the point is, she, and our other 3 cats were outdoor cats already. it was a quiet area with minimal traffic, and seemed ok. if we suddenly decided to keep them in, it wouldn't go over well. its a risk you accept.


I am not saying that you should not have outdoor cats.  I am just saying that if something happens that you are ultimately to blame.  Some are OK with that risk.  I am not.
 
2014-08-09 12:28:22 PM  

Kittypie070: some_beer_drinker: well, the owl hunted her too. we found her leg under the nest a few days later.

i really hate owls.

:(

I'm sorry about your kitten


her name was freak show. she was really bright, and refused to be controlled. wonderful cat. but...well, a risk taker. she wasn't even old enough to be fixed.
 
2014-08-09 12:36:06 PM  

Boo_Guy: [www.focusst.org image 415x317]
That's what you get for letting your cats outside.  Keep doing it until there aren't anymore cats out there.


yes, it's dangerous. Right after this picture was taken, my cat plummeted off the roof and died.

i92.photobucket.com

Not really. Cat is fine and has the run of every field around, since I don't live in anal land like a lot of you.
 
2014-08-09 01:27:02 PM  

cryinoutloud: Boo_Guy: [www.focusst.org image 415x317]
That's what you get for letting your cats outside.  Keep doing it until there aren't anymore cats out there.

yes, it's dangerous. Right after this picture was taken, my cat plummeted off the roof and died.

[i92.photobucket.com image 400x304]

Not really. Cat is fine and has the run of every field around, since I don't live in anal land like a lot of you.


A friend of mine had a really nice cat. He recently posted an update, saying that his cat had been mauled, most likely by a coyote or a dog. Because of the extent of the injuries, the cat had to be put to sleep. He lives in Bend, OR.

I had a really nice cat that I tamed from a semi feral state. He refused to be an inside only cat (when I didn't let him out for a week after getting him fixed, I discovered that he was climbing into my dirty clothes hamper and peeing on them). So he spent most of his time outside, and either a coyote or a bobcat got him sometime last year. He was a good cat, and I miss him.

Someone dumped off an adult male cat out here last summer, and I began feeding him. Once he knew I wasn't going to chase him off, he immediately became very friendly. As much as he likes people, he hates other cats, even after I had him neutered. So he cannot come in, because he would immediately attack my two inside cats. I worry about him, but there is really nothing else I can do.

I recently heard the chickens making a fuss, and I looked outside and saw this guy trying to get into the chicken coop.

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A bobcat like that could and would kill and eat a domestic cat. And I've seen him again since then. At least I know my two inside cats are safe.
 
2014-08-09 04:35:21 PM  
Hah, I'd like to see that snake take on my precious, giant psychotic snowflakes.
 
2014-08-10 12:16:15 AM  
They should reintroduce jaguars to Florida. Jaguars eat snakes and generally do not bother humans.
 
2014-08-10 12:18:41 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: Just curious, what kind of predators go after those things in Burma?


Tigers.
 
2014-08-10 12:33:05 AM  

cloud_van_dame: They should reintroduce jaguars to Florida. Jaguars eat snakes and generally do not bother humans.


Do they eat domestic cats because this can solve two problems?
 
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