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Florida Python Challenge 2013

By February 5, 2013

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It's almost over but the "Python Challenge 2013" of Florida has so far killed at least 30 invasive pythons.  This mass, legal, month long, killing spree is meant to tackle the invasive species problem the state is having with Burmese pythons.  Over 1,000 people have signed up to kill these pythons (after taking an online course) but not many snakes have been killed yet.

What are your feelings on this issue?  Do you think the snakes should be killed?  Invasive species are a major problem to ecosystems are do a lot of long term damage.  I'm just not sure that these snakes are being killed humanely.


February 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm
(1) Donna says:

I heard about this invasion; but, didn’t really pay attention to any news stories about how the pythons got to Florida. Were they pets that had been released? I know that there are people who love to have snakes as pets; but, it seems like it would make more sense to only allow snakes that are indigenous to the area to be sold as pets. Possibly, limiting snakes to a certain size would be better.

As for how to deal with the Python problem in Florida, the snakes need to be removed. Probably killing them would be the most economical and humane thing to do.

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